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Last updated 11/20/2019 at 4:59pm

November 29 • Joliet

Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Joliet City Center Partnership 116 N Chicago St #101, Joliet, IL. Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin downtown as early as 10:00 a.m., and include the Fantastic Fun Fair in the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s auditorium, as well as activities in the Joliet Public Library, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-n-Spice, Chevere Latin Cafe, JJC City Center Campus and more. The Rialto Square Theatre’s annual holiday festivities add to the holiday spirit in Downtown Joliet. Christmas Tree Lighting begins at 5:15 p.m. in Van Buren Plaza followed by the Light Up The Holidays Parade at 5:30 p.m.

November 30 • Crest Hill

4th Annual Crest Hill Winter Festival. 4-7 p.m. at 1610 Plainfield Road

Crest Hill, IL 60403. Crest Hill's 4th Annual Winter Festival will be held at the City Hall parking lot. This year's live entertainment will be local Crest Hill band, The Jib Brothers Band. As always, there will be horse and hayrack rides, live reindeer, pony rides, and local businesses on hand to ring in the holiday season. Santa Claus has confirmed he will make an appearance as well! The mayor will be doing an annual lighting ceremony with very special guests, so you won't want to miss this year's event. NOTE: Parking will be available at El Guero, Chase Bank, and the South Weber Plaza. Knapp Road will be closed from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

November 30 • Lockport

Christmas in the City. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Lockport Public Library. All are welcome to join us for Christmas crafts in the Community Meeting Room, then stroll down the Orchard Room for on-going holiday cartoons.

December 1 • Bolingbrook

Holiday Memories Family Photo Day. 2-4 p.m. at the Fountaindale Public Library. Drop in to Studio 300 to take a portrait you’ll treasure this holiday season. You will receive a digital copy to add to holiday cards and to share with family and friends.

December 4 • Romeoville

Holiday Open House. 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the White Oak Library District- Romeoville Branch. Look forward to a night of music, hot cocoa, cookies, crafts and a visit from Santa! Bring your cameras for a great photo opportunity. Lukancic Middle School Band will be playing holiday music from 7:00-7:30 p.m. This is an all ages program, so bring the whole family.

December 5 • Bolingbrook

BACC Holiday Party featuring the Charity Challenge. 4 p.m. at Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge 335 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL. The Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to once again host our Holiday Party. This annual event has a giving component with the Charity Challenge. Four guest bartenders from Bolingbrook bars, serving specialty cocktails, are each vying for tips to benefit their chosen local nonprofit. The Chamber sweetens the pot by awarding the top bartender and their non-profit an additional $500; 2nd place receives $300; all others receive $100. The winner bartender also wins the 2021 Holiday Party for their establishment. Tickets are $45 person.

December • 7 Bolingbrook

Holiday Craft Show and Cookie Walk. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Jane Addams Middle School. All types of arts & crafts are welcome at the Holiday Craft Show. Crafts must be Handcrafted. Absolutely no items involving or depicting alcohol or tobacco will not be allowed. (In accordance with school district policies)

Craft vendors must submit pictures of their work and specific description of items.

December 7 • Shorewood

2019 Shorewood Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Trinity Christian School 901 Shorewood Drive Shorewood, IL. There will be a diverse mix of crafters and vendors selling a variety of wares.

December 7 • Lockport

Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch. 8:30- 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Prairie Bluff Public Gold Club Banquet Room. We know Santa likes cookies for a midnight snack but what does he eat for breakfast? You and your family are invited to come make a holiday memory sharing breakfast with Santa. Children will be able to visit Santa, make a craft and listen as Santa reads a story. All adults and children attending the event must register.

December 11 • Joliet

Stories with Santa. 10-11:30 a.m. at The Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch. (Children of all ages with adult) Santa's helpers will read seasonal stories. Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and spend time doing activities with their families. Bring your camera. This event is co-sponsored by the Will County Reading Council.

Registration is required due to limited space. If you are not able to attend, please inform us 24 hours in advance so we can offer your spot to someone else. No shows may be waitlisted for future programs.

December 11 • Crest Hill

Candy House Creations . 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the White Oak Library District. Decorate your very own candy house with graham crackers, icing, and all of the toppings. This program is open to children of all ages.

Registration is required due to limited space. If you are not able to attend, please inform us 24 hours in advance so we can offer your spot to someone else. No shows may be waitlisted for future programs.

December 13 • Plainfield

Holiday Lights Tour. 2-8 p.m. at the Plainfield Park District. Guests will be driven around the city stopping at some Holiday Hot Spots including: Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo Lights and Christkindlmarket. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while trying your luck at holiday trivia and don’t forget to don your most unappealing holiday sweater. Prizes will be awarded to the person wearing the most unappealing Christmas Sweater. Trip includes tour, snacks and transportation.

December 13 • Plainfield

Journey to the North Pole. 5-8 p.m. at Four Season Park 22500 Lockport St.

Plainfield, IL. Bundle up for a wagon ride to the North Pole! As we head to the North Pole, we will sing along to some great holiday favorites. While you are waiting for your journey to begin, enjoy some yummy snacks, and keep your toes warm by the fire. Once your ride has reached the North Pole, the children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and his Elf. Each child will receive a bell during its visit with Santa.

Registration deadline is Friday, December 13 at noon. If adding your family to the wait list, please add everyone who wishes to attend. Fee is person, one and under are free with paid adult and do not need to register.

December 13 • Bolingbrook

Festival of Lights Show. 5-9 p.m. at the Promenade in Bolingbrook 631 E Boughton Road Bolingbrook, IL. 250,000 LED lights twinkle, sparkle and dance to more than 20 different Holiday songs.

December 14 • Plainfield

Breakfast with Santa. 9-11:30 a.m. at the Prairie Activity & Recreation Center

24550 W. Renwick Rd. Plainfield, IL. Santa is making a special stop at the Plainfield Park District to have breakfast with all the good girls and boys. Children will also create their own holiday themed crafts and play some fun games. Each child will have the opportunity for a one-on-one visit and photo with the jolly elf himself. Parents, this is a great opportunity to take additional pictures.

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