A guide to holiday fun from Nutcrackers to sing-alongs

Celebrate the joys of the holidays with a sleighful of concerts, plays, dance productions and other festive family events to help make the season bright.


"Lincolnwood Lights," the fourth annual Village Holiday Tree Lighting celebration at Village Hall, 6900 Lincoln Ave., 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Hot chocolate, treats and a visit from St. Nick. 847-677-9740 or see lincolnwoodil.org.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl, sponosred by the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Registration/check-in is at The Mecca Supper Club, 6666 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago. The pub crawl visits Emerald Isle, Moretti's and Edison Park Inn. Admission is $10 and includes food along the crawl, drink specials and raffles. There will also be an Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest. Must be 21 and older to attend. Visit http://bit.ly/2fxCDNO.

"The Nutcracker," presented by the Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts, noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 3; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at O'Shaughnessy Theater, Regina Dominican, 701 Locust Road, Wilmette. Free. Call (847) 256-7660.

"Duke It Out! Nutcracker" 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Tickets are $7 and free for MIC students plus one guest. Visit www.musicinst.org.

"LeAnn Rimes: Today is Christmas Tour 2016," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Tickets cost $38-$58. Visit www.geneseetheatre.org.

"Ron Hawking Christmas," featuring the iconic Chicago entertainer swinging in the season, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Austin's Fuel Room, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville. Tickets cost $35-$75. Call (847) 549-1972 or visit www.fuelroom.com.

"Let There Be Peace" the Lakeside Singers present a concert of holiday music from around the world and an audience sing-a-long. 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the White House, 145 W. Main St., Barrington. Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and available at barringtonswhitehouse.com or 224-512-4066. Concert also at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Tickets are $35 adults, students and seniors $25, and available at www.metropolisarts.com, 847-577-2121, or lakesidesingers.com.

The Festival Chorus Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Harper College, Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. The chorus, accompanied by a professional orchestra, performs Roger Strader's "King of Love;" Robert Shaw's "The Many Moods of Christmas 1 and 2," Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and more. $18. 847-925-6100 or harpercollege.edu.

"Holiday Happenings" take place 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Harmony Park at Vail and Campbell in Arlington Heights. Take a sleigh ride, pet the reindeer, enjoy a petting zoo. All free. More at www.vah.com.

"Miracle on Main Street," the Lake Zurich tree lighting festivities, take place 4:30-7 p.m. Dec. 3 in Rotary Park, 7 E. Main St., Lake Zurich. The 35-foot tree will be lit for the holidays, Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer will greet guests. There will be live music, children's crafts, sleigh rides, adult beverages and food vendors. Bring nonperishable food donations to support our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. More at lakezurich.org.

"Holiday Concert" by Bella Voce, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Arts Center of Oak Park, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Group's a cappella performance includes early music, contemporary meditations and festive popular songs. $20-$50. Information at (312) 479-1096 or www.bellavoce.org.


"Jolly Old St. Nicholas Concert," 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, 1099 S. York St., Elmhurst. Elmhurst's Damenchor (Women's Chorus) and Mannerchor (Men's Chorus) will perform German carols. Audience members are invited to sing along. Reservations are required. $1 for the Yorkfield Food Pantry. Information at (630) 833-1457 or bpt.me/2697795.

"Escape to…Where Angels Sing" by Acappellago, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Event Hall at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. $15; $12 students and seniors. Information at (708) 484-3797 or www.acappellago.org.

"Holiday Magic," Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 26-31 at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield. Zoo's 35th annual event features more than one million twinkling LED lights, caroling to the animals, ice carving demonstration, a magic show, live entertainment, model railroad display and more. $17.85; $12.50 seniors and ages 3-11; free to children under 3 and members. Information at (708) 688-8000 or czs.org/events.

"Breakfast with Santa," weekends Dec. 3-16 and Dec. 21-23 in Ginkgo Restaurant at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Breakfast buffet and a visit with Santa and his helpers. $41; $35 children. Information at (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org/events.

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