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Annual Holiday Traditions on Chicago's North Shore

You might have heard that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that’s largely due to the annual holiday traditions that we look forward to all year long. Whether you’re looking for ways to entertain out-of-town guests, make the most of your trip to Chicago’s North Shore, or simply want to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the season, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this time of year. So read on and start planning your holiday season with family and friends.



Wonderland Express

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Every year, Chicago Botanic Garden transforms into a winter wonderland complete with model trains, indoor snow, miniature replicas of Chicago landmarks, ice carvings and more.

Wonderland Express



Red Invitation Sunday Holiday Sale


Shop local on Dec. 3 during the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual Red Invitation sale. As you shop, participating businesses will offer specials, refreshments, discounts and more.

Red Invitation Sale



5th Annual Holiday Singalong


On Dec. 10, help support the programs at Winnetka Community House with this annual benefit singalong with Some Assembly Required. You'll find yourself in the holiday spirit in no time! 

Holiday Sing Along



Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert

Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

Don’t miss this concert of festive favorites from Evanston Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Choral Society, Evanston Dance Ensemble, the Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir, Evanston Children’s Choir and ETHS A Cappella Choir Dec. 10. Santa and his elves will even be in attendance. Purchase single tickets or a family ticket package today.

Evanston Symphony Holiday



Salt Creek Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

What’s a holiday season without “The Nutcracker”? Salt Creek Ballet returns to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 16-17 with a family friendly, full-length production of these classic ballet. Be sure to also check out these performances at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts including Chicago Tap Theatre’s Tidings of Tap Dec. 10, David Broza & Friends Dec. 28 and The Magic of Bill Blagg Dec. 30.

The Nutcracker



"It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play"

Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview

This holiday classic returns to Oil Lamp Theater through December 30. A “show within a show,” this play by Joe Landry follows on six actors as they present “It’s a Wonderful Life” to a live radio audience in 1946.

It's a Wonderful Life Play



Peter Pan

Music Theater Works, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston 

Revisit a childhood favorite. Follow the “second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning” to the Music Theater Works where you’ll find Peter Pan playing from Dec. 23, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018.

Peter Pan



Noon Year’s Eve Party

Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview

If your little ones can’t quite make it to midnight on Dec. 31, ring in the “noon” year instead. With inflatables, face painting, a DJ, and a balloon drop, your kiddos will say hello to 2018 in style.

Noon Year's Eve



First Night Evanston


This annual family friendly New Year’s Eve party meant to “foster public appreciation for the visual and performing arts” returns to various Evanston locations on Dec. 31. Stay tuned for more information about participating talent, tickets, and a complete schedule.

First Night Evanston

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