There’s no escaping it! Holiday season is officially upon us and there are many ways to get into the holiday spirit this weekend!  Jump start your holiday shopping at the Jewelry & Gift Show or the Woman’s Club of Evanston’s Holiday Bazaar. Not ready to shop until you drop? How about taking in the sights and sounds of the season at Wilmette's 31st Annual Holiday Parade and Highwood’s or Highland Park’s Tree Lighting Celebrations. What could be my favorite event, based on originality on its own is Glencoe’s Snoopy Thanksgiving where you get to re-create and enjoy Snoopy’s memorable Thanksgiving meal. And if all you really need is a few good laughs then don’t miss a special comedic performance by North Shore’s own Peter Lipsey!


Comedy at The Klub
Nov. 17: 7 – 9 pm
Kenilworth Assembly Hall, 410 Kemilworth Ave., Kenilworth 

Stand-Up Comedian Peter Lipsey and friends will be bringing a dinner/show comedy event to Kenilworth Assembly Hall. Catered by A la Carte, it is sure to be an exciting and well -anticipated event. Belting out jokes for the last 25 years, Peter’s premise, set-up and punch one-liner delivery leaves his intelligent, literate and sharp audiences laughing well after the show is over. It’s a perfect lead-in to Thanksgiving week. Gosh knows we can all use a fun night out. Tickets: $35; $40 at the for.  For more info, click here.


The Jewelry & Gift Show
Nov. 17: 4 - 8 pm; Nov. 18 & 19: 10 am – 5 pm
The Art Center Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park 

Shop amongst 30+ juried artists in the categories of jewelry, clothing, and accessories! Buy an original gift for everyone on your list, including yourself. $10 suggested donation, includes one free drink ticket. Additional snacks and drinks available for purchase. For more info, click here.


Woman’s Club of Evanston Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 17: 5 -  9pm (Preview Party); Nov. 18: 10 am – 5 pm; Nov. 19: 12 - 4 pm
Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston 

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at this annual event where you’ll find that one of a kind gift for your friends and loved ones. Peruse more than 50 artisans/vendors offering unique hand-made or hand-designed home décor, apparel, jewelry, accessories and gourmet foods while listening to live performances that will surely get you into the holiday spirit! A Preview Benefit Party ($20) on Friday night features live music, appetizers and a relaxed shopping experience.  Free admission on Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds from raffle sales and vendor fees are awarded to local charities through The Woman’s Club of Evanston’s annual community grants. For more info, click here.


Wilmette Holiday Parade
Nov. 18: 10:30 am
CTA Parking lot (4th & Linden) to Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette 

The parade annually features dozens of community groups as well as clowns, a stilt walker, mini-cars, and lot of fun things for kids and families. Festivities will culminate with an appearance by Santa, photo ops available, weather permitting. For more info, click here.


Highwood Holiday Fest
Nov. 18: 2 – 7 pm
Downtown Highwood, 17 Highwood, Ave., Highwood 

Reign in the Holiday Season in Highwood as we light up the town. This Family Friendly Event will include a Holiday Cookie Walk, Sleigh Rides, Camp Fire w/ S'mores, Chestnuts roasting over an open fire, and of course the big man himself, Santa Claus - arriving by Fire Truck. For the Adults, the wildly popular 12 Drinks of Christmas will be in full swing at many of our downtown pubs and restaurants. The event will be capped off by our Lighting Ceremony to kick off the holiday season! For more info, click here.


Highland Park Annual Holiday Lighting
Nov. 18: 3 – 5 pm
Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park 

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Port Clinton Square in Downtown Highland Park. Shop, dine, and enjoy free family-friendly activities offered throughout Downtown Highland Park including a Scavenger Hunt with prizes, the opportunity to visit with Santa, horse drawn sleigh rides, face painting, live entertainment and of course the tree lighting ceremony. Participating businesses will provide refreshments, activities, and treats. For more info, click here.


A Snoopy Thanksgiving
Nov. 18: 10 – 11:30 am
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe 

Watch the Thanksgiving special on the big screen, enjoy a re-creation of Snoopy's most unusual Thanksgiving meal - popcorn, toast, pretzels, and jelly beans - along with hands on crafts, and other fun family activities! Child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission Fee $5/$8. For more info and to register, click here.


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