1. ‘TIS THE SEASON TO DINE NAPERVILLE NAPERVILLE–There’s no place like Naperville for the holidays! This season, check out some of the 260 restaurants the city has to offer. Enjoy a family dinner at any of the fine dining restaurants. Stroll along the city streets decorated with holiday lights, and pop into a shop for a warm holiday treat. This year more than ever, Naperville has fun things to do and delicious foods to eat! Don’t miss out on the holiday food fun! Go to www.dinenaperville.com for more information.
2. CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL at DRURY LANE THROUGH DEC 23 OAK BROOK–Continue the holiday tradition of gathering the whole family for this heartwarming production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the classic tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. www.drurylanetheatre.com/shows/youth-theatre/christmas-carol
3. AWAKEN YOUR SPIRIT DOWNTOWN WHEATON WHEATON–Enjoy an old fashioned horse and carriage ride along Front Street (every Saturday through December 22nd from 12-3pm); take selfie in the giant chair alongside the gianttree; get inspired with P.S. Flowers and Andrew’s Garden; make your reservation for a traditional Christmas Tea at Suzette’s Creperie; sample the Christmas wine offerings at Tasting DeVine; take in dinner and a show at Wheaton Drama (‘Silent Laughter’ runs through Dec 9) or get your laughs at the Westside Improv Studio (you just might find yourself on stage!). Celebrate 2019 at Ivy’s New Year’s Party (known for it amazing balloon drop at the magic hour). www.downtownwheaton.com
4. ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL OSWEGO–Wander through the WINTER WONDERLAND display of spectacular Christmas décor. Warm your holiday season with cozy home decor, timeless furniture, inspirational art, and unique gifts to treat yourself or someone special. Enjoy stylish women’s apparel sizes small – 3x featuring designs from Lush, Love Stitch, and Blu Pepper! Stunning jewelry from Kendra Scott, Mariana and My Saint My Hero. Favorite holiday-scented candles including Nest and Frasier Fir. Also a proud retailer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, the easy-to-use paint for refinishing furniture, cabinets and much more. Gift certificates also available. Velvet Grace, 4025 US Highway 34, Oswego, (630) 636.6570, www.velvetgrace.net
5. MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
Celebrate Downtown Downers Grove DOWNERS GROVE– Make your holiday shopping festive & enjoyable. Downtown Downers Grove boutiques offer unique gifts & exceptional customer service. Bring the kids for a complimentary visit with Santa, Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm & have them participate in the Gingerbread Man Hunt. Don’t forget to participate in the Gingerbucks Reward Card. Before taking a break to eat at one of our many restaurants, admire the decorated windows as part of our Downtown Holiday Window Contest. www.downtowndg.org