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With over 800 Festivals & Events running year round, concerts that include the top touring musical acts, countless farmers markets and car shows in the Chicago Southland, the hard part isn’t deciding IF you should come but rather which event you ARE going to attend.

Whether it is Musher Mania at the Monee Reservoir in January, Irish Fest at Chicago’s Gaelic Park in May, any of our year round farmers markets or Lansing Autumn Fest in October, you won’t have to travel far to find family friendly activities for any age.

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Agricultural / Food / Harvest
Cultural Events
 
Displays / Arts & Crafts
 
Expo / Consumer Show
Fairs / Carnivals
 
Holiday Celebrations
 
Outdoor Activities
Parades
 
Sports Events
 
Workshops / Seminars



Below are the next 30 upcoming Holiday events in the Chicago Southland. Use the form above to search for specific events.

Wheelchair Accessible
d Displays/Arts/Crafts
ag Agricultural/Food/Harvest
c Cultural Event
w Workshop/Seminar
$ Admission Fee
h Holiday Celebration
o Outdoor Activity
s Sports Event/Recreational
f Fair, Carnival
e Expo/Consumer Show
p Parade


BOOMER TOYS AND DOLLS Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 29, 2017
1950s Park Forest House Museum, St. Mary's Catholic Church
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Toys and dolls, several on loan, played with from the late 1940s into the mid-1960s will be on display, along with books about them.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM
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LETTERS FROM SANTA Nov 20, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Central Park Building
15601 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-7270
Your child may bring a letter to Santa's mailbox so that boys and girls can reach him fast and easy! Parents: Complete a registration form with child's full name, age and address. Your child will receive a letter from Santa with a special holiday surprise. $3 per letter.
M-F 9AM-5PM
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THANKSGIVING BRUNCH BUFFET Nov 23, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Alsip
5000 West 127th Street, Alsip, IL
708-272-4223
Give Thanks & Gather for Thanksgiving Brunch at DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip. $33.95 Adults | $29.95 Seniors | $19.95 Children (5-12 Years) Children under 4 are free
12-3PM
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THANKSGIVING DINNER Nov 23, 2017
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
Thanksgiving Classic Carvery – Reservations required - Adults $26.00, Children aged 4 to 12 - $12.00
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SANTA ON THE GREEN Nov 25, 2017
Village Green
9446 Raymond Avenue, 94th & Cook Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
708-499-7837
Santa Claus is making his way to the Village of Oak Lawn for the annual Santa on the Green celebration. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty will make their grand appearances. Bring a camera because the crew will be available for photos. A special elf stilt-walker will also join the cast of characters, and a trolley will carry families from the Village Green to the Oak Lawn Train Station. Carolers featuring the Sward and Kolmar School choirs will sing in the tent on the Village Green. A Shop Oak Lawn Kick Off Party will occupy the Metra Station, hosted by the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Santa on the Green.
12-3PM
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CHRISTMAS IN THE SQUARE Nov 25, 2017
Central Square
222 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL
815-838-1183
Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the holidays at the Annual Christmas in the Square event. Come visit Santa and his workshop. Santa will have a special gift for each child. Children's crafts, special treats and entertainment will be available too! Be sure to stop by the Gladys Fox Museum to see the Festival of Trees. Take part in the Chamber of Commerce's Passport to Christmas in the Square. The tree lighting ceremony will be at 4:30PM on the front lawn of Central Square.
1-4:30PM
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FESTIVAL OF TREES Nov 25, 2017
Central Square
222 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL
815-838-1183
The Lockport Township Park District is seeking organizations to participate in our Annual Festival of Trees contest. Only 15 organizations' applications will be accepted to participate in this event. The organizations that are selected to participate will be assigned a 6 ft. pre-lit artificial Christmas tree to decorate in the theme of their choice. All the decorated Christmas trees will be on display at the Gladys Fox Museum for the community to judge during the Christmas in the Square Event on Nov. 25 from 1pm-4:30pm. The winning organization will receive a monetary donation. The decorated Christmas trees will be given to local families. Applications available online at www.lockportpark.org. Trees are limited so be sure to apply early.
1-4:30PM
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HOLIDAY FESTIVAL & MAYOR'S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov 26, 2017
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-6150
Kick-off the holiday season with the Mayor's annual holiday festival! Enjoy an afternoon of sleigh rides, face painting, live entertainment and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus! Tree lighting outside village hall begins at 5:45 p.m.
2-5PM
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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov 26, 2017
Chicago Ridge Village Hall & Lions Club
10455 Sout Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge, IL
708-828-1305
The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is a free community event that will include an Iceless Ice Skating Rink, Food and Snacks, and Live Music all to welcome in the holiday season!
5-9PM
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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD Nov 27, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Lansing Historical Museum
Lower Level of Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing, IL
708-474-7497
A display of more than 30 Christmas trees with exhibits, costumes, Nativity scenes, Santa dolls, recipes and explanations of holiday customs around the world.
M-Tu 6-8PM; W-Th 3-5PM; Sa 11AM-1PM Closed Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day. Tours arranged at other times by calling.
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TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov 29, 2017
Chicago Heights City Hall
1601 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, IL
708-755-3122
Join the City of Chicago Heights as we pull the switch, light up the holiday tree and gather with friends and family at our traditional event.
6-7PM
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TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov 30, 2017
Breidert Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177
6:30PM
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TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Dec 1, 2017
Zabrocki Plaza
17375 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-444-5678
Village officials will light the magnificent 35-foot community holiday tree. Arrive early for a sing-a-long to holiday music at 5:30PM.
6PM
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VILLAGE TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY MARKET Dec 1, 2017
Palos Park Recreation Center
8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL
708-671-3760
Join us as we welcome the season with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and the official lighting of the Village Tree. There will be two levels of holiday vendors.
5-9PM
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HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN HOMEWOOD Dec 1, 2017
Martin Avenue & Ridge Road
Homewood, IL
708-798-3000
Kick-off the holidays in downtown Homewood with trolley rides, Christkindle market, live reindeer, ice sculpture demonstrations, live music, shopping, cookie decorating and of course Santa!
5-9PM
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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING EVENT Dec 1, 2017
City Hall & Memorial Park
204 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL
708-891-8100
6:30PM
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FREE POLAR EXPRESS PARTY DURING HOMEWOOD'S HOLIDAY LIGHTS Dec 1, 2017
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
Fill your #holiday with magic and wonder at Homewood Science Center's Polar Express Party during Village of Homewood's Holiday Lights festival! Free screening of The Polar Express 5:30pm.
5-8PM
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DINNER WITH SANTA Dec 1, 2017
Founders Community Center
140 Oak Street, Frankfort, IL
815-469-9400
Celebrate the holidays by joining Santa and Frosty the Snowman for dinner. Each child will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and receive a goody bag. After your child has given Santa their “wish list”, enjoy some fun family entertainment. Our dinner menu will include a slice of cheese pizza, cookie and a drink. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must pre-register. NO TICKETS will be sold at the door. Space is limited, please register early. Registration Deadline: November 27 or until filled. Fee: $9/NR $12 per person
6-7:30PM
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CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017
Lotton Art Glass Gallery & Studios
24760 South Country Lane, Crete, IL
708-672-1400
Experience the thrill of watching magnificent works of art being created daily out of hot glass. Meet the famous Lotton Family in person. Tour the hot shop and gallery.
F 10AM-7PM; Sa 10AM-5PM
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VILLAGE OF THORNTON HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017
Throughout Thornton
Thornton, IL
708-877-6137
Visit with Santa; kids' arts & crafts; living nativity; village tree lighting; vendor & craft show; seasonal music & caroling; holiday bake sale.
Schedule at Village Hall and website
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CRETE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017
Downtown Crete
Main & Exchange Streets, Crete, IL
708-672-9216
Crete Country Christmas - 2 days of various activities in Downtown Crete. Lighted Parade Saturday at 6:30.
F 5-10:30PM; Sa 8AM-10:30PM
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HOLIDAY MARKET Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017
Oak Park Avenue Metra Train Station
6700 South Street (south parking lot), Tinley Park, IL
708-444-5678
Stroll into the cozy warmth of our large, heated tent and shop for unique handmade crafts and creations. Enjoy tasty treats and live music by local groups and entertainers. Children will have fun making holiday crafts, writing letters for the soldiers and cookie decorating.
F 6-9PM; Sa 12-6PM; Su 12-5PM
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LETTERS FROM SANTA Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 13, 2017
Central Park Building
15601 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-7270
Your child may bring a letter to Santa's mailbox so that boys and girls can reach him fast and easy! Parents: Complete a registration form with child's full name, age and address. Your child will receive a letter from Santa with a special holiday surprise. $3 per letter.
M-F 9AM-5PM
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SANTA'S ARRIVAL AND TREE LIGHTING Dec 2, 2017
Park Plaza/American Legion
Ridge Road & Grant Street, Lansing, IL
708-474-4170
Santa arrives for the tree lighting ceremony and then heads into the American Legion to visit with the children.
5-9PM
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THE POLAR EXPRESS STORYTIME TRAIN Dec 2, 2017
Metra Station Parking Lot
203rd Street east of Kedzie Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL
708-481-7313
All aboard the Polar Express Story train hosted by the Olympia Fields Park District! We will take a Metra train from the Olympia Fields train station. During the ride to the “North Pole”, we will read the beloved story, The Polar Express. Also, Santa will visit with every good little girl and boy, and give a gift to them. When we arrive at the “North Pole”, guests will have approximately 3 hours to explore Chicago. Staff can provide information of local attractions guests may visit if requested. We ask that all participants meet us at 4:50 pm to board the train together. During the train ride home, we will pass out goody bags, sing carols, and play games. Don’t miss out on this great holiday event! All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). $15
12:45-6PM
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MORAINE CHORALE & CHAMBER SINGERS - MERRY CHRISTMAS MUSIC Dec 2, 2017
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Moraine Chorale performs five themed concerts, including Broadway music, patriotic, and holiday selections with a small chamber orchestra. The Chorale is a community-based choir with more than 60 members. The Chamber Singers is an ensemble featuring Moraine Valley students.
7:30PM
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CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Dec 2, 2017
City Hall
15440 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-4050
Ring in the holiday season with a festive parade and tree lighting ceremony. You'll also enjoy refreshments and visits with Santa in the fire house.
11AM
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CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE Dec 2, 2017
Western Avenue from Walnut to Vermont
Blue Island, IL
708-612-5463
Bands, floats, decorated cars, and trucks all lit up for the holidays!
5:30PM
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GRAND BINGO Dec 2, 2017
Krueger Park Recreation Center
9100 South 88th Avenue, Hickory Hills, IL
708-598-1233
Come for a chance to win fabulous prizes & a chance to win the Grand Prize. Every player will receive multiple cards. Fee includes prizes, snacks, dessert, coffee, pop, water & dinner. $17 resident, $18 nonresident.
2-5PM
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SANTA COMES TO TOWN! Dec 2, 2017
Kelly Park
16675 South Haven Avenue, Orland Hills, IL
708-349-7211
Start the holiday season by welcoming Santa to Orland Hills. Santa will arrive by helicopter at Kelly Park, 167th & Haven avenue.
10AM
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