While the bleak December weather has returned, the holiday merriment continues throughout the North Shore to warm our spirits! Multiple holiday fests (with Santa sightings), gingerbread workshops, a holiday healthcare fair (brilliant), a holiday singalong and a toe tapping performance round out this weekend’s offering of events and activities!
Dec. 8: 6 – 8 pm
Skokie Heritage Museum, 8031 Floral Ave., Skokie
The celebration starts at the Skokie Heritage Museum with live reindeer, elves, photos with Santa, carolers to crafts and more. Donate winter coats, hats, and gloves in good condition, or non-perishable food item to benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry. For more info: 847-674-1500, ext 3000.
Downtown Evanston Tree Lighting
Dec. 9: 5 – 8 pm
Church Street Plaza, intersection of Church St. & Maple Ave., Evanston
Join Mayor Hagerty, Santa and Mrs. Claus to enjoy an evening of musical performances, holiday cheer and watch the tree light up at 5:30pm. After the Tree Lighting from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, warm up with hot chocolate and take photos with Santa at The Crystal Ballroom (529 Davis St.) or Mrs. Claus at The Hilton Garden Inn (1818 Maple Ave.) For more info and a schedule of events, click here.
Holiday Healthcare Fair
Dec. 9: 10 am – 3 pm
Heartwood Center for Body, Mind and Spirit, 1818 Dempster St., Evanston
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday activities and enjoy some healing services including acupuncture, massage, reiki and more. There will be food, music and artists selling their work. For more info, click here.
5th Annual Holiday Singalong
Dec. 10: 2 – 5 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
Now in its fifth year, this holiday celebration is the perfect antidote to the pressures of the season. The program features many of the holiday classics and includes some Chanukah songs as well as little known holiday facts. The focus of the program is fun for the whole family. Tickets: $5 per person; $10 per family. For more info, click here.
Dec. 10: 3 – 6 pm
North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook
The North Suburban YMCA welcomes the community for an afternoon of festive holiday spirit. Take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy activities and treats, and enter in the raffle to win your favorite wreath from the Y’s “Deck the Halls” display. Fun for the whole family! For more info, click here.
Chicago Tap Theatre: Tidings of Tap!
Dec. 10: 3 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Come see why hundreds of Chicago families have made Tidings of Tap! their new holiday tradition. Featuring rhythm and whimsy-filled dance interpretations of your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and winter songs, this is a fun yet sophisticated, family-friendly evening that you’ll be talking about all year! Tickets: $24 - $40. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
Gingerbread House Workshops
Dec. 8: 5 – 6 pm; Dec. 9 & 10: 9 -10 am (Additional family times: Dec. 16, 17, 20, 23; Dec. 21 teens, Dec. 22 ages 9+, Dec. 14 – adults only BYOB)
TasteBuds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn
Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at this signature holiday workshop. Take a break from last-minute gift shopping and get messy in the kitchen. You and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options. From frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences. Everyone will enjoy the cheerful holiday tunes as they experience quality family time. $45 per parent/child pair; older children/teen events: $45 per person. Adult only: $60. For more info, click here.
Plus another chance to meet “Real Reindeer” at the Glen Town Center, 1951 Town Center, Dec. 9 & 10 from 10 am – 2 pm. For more info: 847-724-2025.