FREE Holiday Events in Chicago and Northwest Indiana 2011

December 8, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Celebration of Christmas – Merrillville
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Douglas Taylor Elementary Children’s School Choir

December 9, 2011
Laser Christmas – Hammond
Star of Bethlehem Show – Hammond
White Christmas: The Musical – Valparaiso
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Celebration of Christmas – Merrillville
Milk & Cookies with Santa - Highland
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Keller Regional Gifted Center

December 10, 2011
Holiday Lights Festival & Drive – Valparaiso
Laser Christmas – Hammond
Star of Bethlehem Show – Hammond
White Christmas: The Musical – Valparaiso
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Annual Anderson’s Orchards & Winery Cookie Walk – Valparaiso
Oh Fuuudge! Relay Race – Hammond
Santa Arrives- Hammond
Touch-a-Truck Toy Drive - Valparaiso
Holiday Traditions of the Dunes – Indiana Dunes
Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus – Crown Point

December 11, 2011
White Christmas: The Musical – Valparaiso
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Hobart Holiday Market - Hobart
Holiday Traditions of the Dunes – Indiana Dunes
Celebrate Christ! - Hammond
Family Christmas Sing Along and Cookie Decorating Festival – Highland

December 12, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas - Cedar Lake
~  Carolers from local groups and churches will attend. Tour of the trees at the Monastery and maps provided for the Chamber Tree Display.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Queen of Angels Choristers

December 13, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Create greeting cards for our local soldiers.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Skinner West Primary Chorus

December 14, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  The bow makes the gift. Learn a few tricks to create that beautiful bow for your gifts.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Wag Your Tail Wednesday- Hammond
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Musicality Ensemble from Curie Metro High School

December 15, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Decorating cookies and sharing recipes.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School Bands & Choirs

December 16, 2011
Ballet: Nutcracker – Hammond
Laser Christmas – Hammond
Star of Bethlehem Show – Hammond
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Pets will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa.
White Christmas: The Musical – Valparaiso
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – University of Chicago Lab School Choirs – Lab middle School 8th Grade & U-High Bel Canto

December 17, 2011
Ballet: Nutcracker – Hammond
Laser Christmas – Hammond
Star of Bethlehem Show – Hammond
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Community Business Scavenger Hunt.
White Christmas: The Musical – Valparaiso
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Mommy’s Little Piggy Eating Contest - Hammond
Here Comes Santa Pictures – Whiting
Yuletide Open House – Lowell
Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus – Crown Point
Nutcracker Ballet – Portage

December 18, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Vendor spaces available.  Possible craft fair?
White Christmas: The Musical – Valparaiso
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond

December 19, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Hot chocolate, popcorn, and a Christmas movie for all ages.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Do-It-Yourself Messiah – Harris Theater at Millennium Park
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Holy Cross / IHM & Marimba Ensemble

December 20, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Holiday appetizer ideas and samples.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Do-It-Yourself Messiah – Harris Theater at Millennium Park
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Edgar Allan Poe Classical School Choir

December 21, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Make an ornament. Open to all ages.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Wag Your Tail Wednesday- Hammond
City Hall Holiday Concert Series – Providence St. Mel School Choir

December 22, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Picture with the Grinch, and then make a frame for your photo.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Holiday Crafts and Treats – Cedar Lake

December 23, 2011
Twelve Days of Christmas – Cedar Lake
~  Make a gingerbread house.
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Last Minute for Mom – Cedar Lake

December 24, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond
Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus – Crown Point
Christmas Eve At Star Plaza – Star Plaza

December 25, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond

December 26, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond

December 27, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond

December 28, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond

December 29, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond

December 30, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond

December 31, 2011
A Christmas Story Comes Home Exhibit – Hammond

Ongoing

  • Millennium Park Ice Skating – Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Chicago
  • Caroling At Cloud Gate – Millennium Park
  • Zoo Lights - Lincoln Park Zoo * Mummy Deals Pick
  • Chicago Botanic Garden Wonderland Express – Chicago Botanic Gardens
  • Holiday Flower Show – Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier – Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago
  • ChristkindlMarket – Chicago * Mummy Deals Pick
  • Santa House - Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
  • Christmas Around The World – Museum of Science and Industry * Mummy Deals Pick
  • Aurora Festival of Lights – Phillips Park (Hill Ave. & Montgomery Rd.) in Aurora (630-978-4774)
  • Christmas Wonderland – Rock Spring Park on College Avenue in Alton (800-258-6645) (fee)
  • Holiday Magic –  at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield (call to verify dates) (708-485-0263)
  • Coulterville City Park (Dec. 4, 2010-Jan. 1, 2011, 5-9pm) in Coulterville
  • Avenue Of Lights – Moorman-Wavering Park off North 36th St. in Quincy (217-222-7980) (fee)

 

Cool Light Displays in Northwest Indiana

  • Subdivision in crown point, (northwest corner of the fairgrounds) not sure the name of it but houses are really decorated nicely!
  • kamplights.com in st john
  • Sunset hill farm in Valparaiso, IN
  • http://www.facebook.com/Peteyville, Hammond IN
  • The park in St. John on 93rd, they have lights, Santa, a “train” ride, and free hot chocolate! :)
  • Castlewood Subdivision in Dyer.

Comments

  1. Crafty Mama says:

    Great list!!! :O Thank you so much for compiling this!!

    Cottage Grove Church in South Holland is doing their live nativity tonight, Dec. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and tomorrow Dec. 10, 4-7 p.m.

    http://www.cottagegrovechurch.com/mission.php

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