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.
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.
Shop local during the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual Red Invitation sale. As you shop, participating businesses will offer specials, refreshments, discounts and more.
Help support the programs at Winnetka Community House with this annual benefit singalong. You'll find yourself in the holiday spirit in no time!
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. Santa and his elves will even be in attendance. Purchase single tickets or a family ticket package today.
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 with a family friendly, full-length production of these classic ballet.
Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
Oil Lamp Theater brings this holiday classic to life to end every season. 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.
Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston
Don’t miss Music Theater Works’ last show of the season. It’s the perfect way to enjoy some time with friends and family.
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 a new year in style..
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.