Tis’ the weekend for holiday merriment. You can choose from a plethora of seasonal activities to crank up your holiday spirit including a tree lighting, a winter celebration, a Breakfast with Santa, holiday markets, a holiday house walk, a holiday symphony concert and performances of a Christmas Carol and a Charlie Brown Christmas!  Plus, a special tribute to Elvis and a special evening with Rufus Wainwright.

 

Deerfield’s Winter Celebration
Dec. 1: 5 – 9 pm; Dec. 2: 11 am – 3 pm
Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield 

Celebrate the season at the Village of Deerfield's two-day Winter Celebration! On Friday horse-drawn carriage rides, a two-hour live ice sculpting show, roasted chestnuts and live performances highlight the evening’s festivities at Village Hall – free refreshments in the Village Hall lobby. On Saturday, visit Forrest Plaza at The Shops at Deerfield Square (740 Waukegan Rd.) for pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, a handbell performance by the Chicago Bronze Breve Ensemble, holiday photo ops and more.  On both days, various businesses will be hosting holiday activities and featuring special holiday promotions. For a more info and a full list of activities, click here.

 

Holiday Market at Elawa Farm
Dec. 1 & 2: 10 am – 4 pm; Dec. 3: 12 pm – 4 pm
Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest

 Shop for festive foods, gifts and holiday décor including: Frasier fir trees, fresh holiday wreaths, greens and arrangements, gourmet gingerbread houses and cookies, handcrafted soaps, farm preserves and jams, unique artisan gifts, toffee, truffles, brownies, tea cakes, slow cooker spice tins, silhouette portraits and more uniquely Elawa items! For more info, click here.

 

Winnetka Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec. 1: 5:30 pm
Metra Park (across from Winnetka Village Hall), 754 Elm St., Winnetka 

There is no place like Winnetka for the holidays. Usher in the holiday season with the annual Winnetka Tree Lighting. There will be a visitor from the North Pole and festive carolers in Victorian costumes, leading the singing as well as hot cocoa after the lighting ceremony. The switch will be flipped at 6 pm. AFTER, the lights are lit, please follow the Grinch to The Book Stall on Chestnut Court for a story or head to Little Ricky’s for some more Santa time. For more info, click here.

 

Elvis Birthday Tribute Artist Spectacular
Dec. 1: 7:30 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Toast Elvis Presley’s 83rd birthday with the annual concert of music performed by multiple tribute artists celebrating the era-by-era highlights of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Tickets: $22 - $51. For more info, click here.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec. 1 & 2: 7 pm; Dec. 3: 3 pm
Gorton Community House, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation Performing Arts Student Theater Academy, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets: $10. For more info, click here.

 

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Dec. 2: 7 – 9 pm
Our Lady of the Brook, 3700 Dundee Rd., Northbrook 

The Gift of Music, a Holiday Festival of Choral and Orchestral Delights. Special guest artists who will be joining the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Lawrence Rapchak are the Chicago Children's Choir, Rogers Park & Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs and the Music Institute Chorale under the direction of Mr. Daniel Wallenberg, Conductor. Other guest artists are Patricia Lee, organ, along with Sharon Quattrin-Campagna, soprano and Keshena Cisneros-Watson, mezzo-soprano. A wonderful evening of supreme music to start the Holiday season. Tickets: $45. To purchase tickets, click here.

 

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 2: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

While enjoying a scrumptious breakfast buffet, families will meet and greet Santa, have a complimentary photo taken, create personalized crafts and then take home a book from Mrs. Claus’ library. Don’t miss the fun! Tickets: $25, children under 2 free. Register early—this event is expected to sell out. Please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. For more info, click here.

 

Christmas Around the World Holiday Faire
Dec. 2: 10: 30 am – 4:30 pm
The Ladies Philoptochos Society of Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Rd., Glenview 

With homemade Greek food, pastries, and unique gifts from boutique vendors, the Faire offers everything to prepare for the holidays. Santa will join children of all ages from 11 am to 3 pm. A luncheon of international cuisine will be served from 11:30-2:30 for dine-in or carry out. Greek desserts such as baklava, spanakopita and tiropites will also be available. Admission: $2; children and students free.  For more info call: 847-729-2235.

 

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 2: 3 & 7 pm; Dec. 3: 1 & 4 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

Celebrate the holidays with the magic of Toby Nicholson’s original production of A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption comes to life with the arrival of ghosts, delightful musical numbers, plenty of “Bah! Humbugs!” and Scrooge’s joyful discovery of love. Filled with energy and the spirit of the season, A Christmas Carol is heartwarming entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $25 – adults, $15 children under 12. For more info, click here.

 

Christmas Home Tour
Dec. 2: 11 am – 4 pm
Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff 

This delightful historic Lake Bluff Christmas Home Tour brings the splendor of history and the holidays to life and provides an insider’s glimpse at lovely Lake Bluff homes decorated to reflect the owners’ unique style. Participants are provided a guide and map and can start their tour anytime between 11 am and 3 pm (the tour runs through 4 pm). Two holiday boutiques complement the tour and offer a wide selection of merchandise to jump start holiday shopping. Tickets: $50. For more info, click here.

 

Rufus Wainwright
Dec. 3: 7:30 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Enjoy an evening with Rufus Wainwright, one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation. He has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums and has collaborated with a large range of artists, such as Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach. Opening act: Chicago-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist BONZIE. Tickets: $48 - $68. For more info, click here.

 

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