Holiday-themed events across Illinois provide festive entertainment for all

Dana Larson

Dana Larson

By Eric Heisig

There are a number of events going on around the state that students can attend after this semester is over. Here are a few events and performances going on in Illinois:

Illinois events

Performances of “A Christmas Carol” around Illinois

  • Drury Lane in Oakbrook, running until Dec. 22. Tickets are $9 for individuals and $7.50 for groups of 20 or more.
  • Goodman Theatre on Dearborn in Chicago, running until Dec. 29. Prices for tickets vary from performance to performance.
  • Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, running Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $3.


  • Holiday Skate with Santa, Dec. 20, 6 p.m., Pepsi Ice Center.

    Admission is $4, skate rental is $2. Santa will be available for pictures.

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    • Christmas Around the World, Dec. 8 from 7-9 p.m., Dec. 9 from 1-9 p.m., Bowen Gym Multi-Cultural Center.

      Take part in a festive Christmas Around the World celebration and enjoy the Multicultural Snack Bar during this two-day event.


    • Caroling at Cloud Gate, every Friday through Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park

      At the Cloud Gate, visitors are welcome to hear various choirs sing songs to get people in the holiday spirit.

    • Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic, Saturdays and Sundays in December: 1-2; 8-9; 15-16; 22-23, and Dec. 26-Dec. 31.

      The zoo will have its lights up for all visitors to see, to help get into the holiday spirit.


    • “Ellwood Elegance” Holiday Event, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 from 1-5 p.m. at the Elwood House Museum.

      Help bring in this year’s edition of the holidays with tours through the historic Elwood House. Refreshments will be served, and the event will feature a visit from Santa Claus himself.


    • The Nylons Christmas Show, Friday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Hemmens Cultural Center.

      This classic group will be performing Christmas favorites, as well as some of its own. Tickets are $20-30.


    • Christmas Memories 2007, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Naperville Heritage Society.
    • Step into the past in Naperville in a 19th-century holiday with decorated buildings. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $6.50-9.


    • Peoria Players Theatre: “Christmas in the City,” Wednesday-Sunday.

      This performance celebrates this year’s edition of the annual holiday season the Peoria way. With Santa Claus incapacitated, it is up to his wife, Mrs. Claus to take matters into her own hands. Tickets are $11-16.

    • Poinsettia Show, through Dec. 31, Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m., closed Mondays. Luthy Botanical Garden, 2218 N. Prospect Road in Glen Oak Park.

      This is a visit to a conservatory, where a tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a winter wonderland.

      Christmas trees throughout will be decorated in different themes. Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for ages 2-12.

      On Fridays and Saturdays there are free candlelight walks held from 7-9 p.m., with live music provided as well.