No matter where you live in Kane County, there are plenty of holiday and winter-related events throughout the area to take part in. Kane County Magazine shares one event a day for the entire month of December!
Dec. 1 — ONGOING: Christmastime at the Fine Line,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 6N158 Crane Road, in St. Charles
Looking for a unique gift for someone special on your Christmas list? Visit the Fine Line Show and Sale, which runs through Dec. 8, where you will find everything from tree ornaments and handmade teddy bears to pottery, paintings, watercolors, handmade paper/books and cards. There is also jewelry, clothing, wood, rag rugs and weavings along with knitted and crocheted sweaters, scarves, mittens and hats and more. More than 75 juried artists will sell their fine arts and crafts between Fine Line barn and the Kavanagh Fine Arts Building. For more information, call 630-584-9443 or visit www.fineline.org.
Dec. 2 — Candlelight Carols,3 p.m. at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., in St. Charles
The St. Charles Singers will help “sing in the season” as they present a new edition of their popular Candlelight Carols Christmas program conducted by Jeffrey Hunt, founder and artistic director. The 32-member choir will perform its 29th season throughout the Chicago area. If you can’t make Sunday’s performance, there is a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. For tickets or more information, call 630-513-5272 or visit www.stcharlessingers.
Dec. 3 — Santa’s Workshop, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pottawatomie Community Center, St. Charles Park District, 8 N. Ave., in St. Charles
Children ages 3 to 6 can take part in an afternoon of holiday activities, which will include making lunch, baking cookies and listening to Christmas stories. Children also will receive a specially wrapped gift. The cost is $23 for residents and $34.50 for non-residents. Online registration is required. For more information, call 630-513-6200 or to register visit www.stcparks.org.
Dec. 4 — Happy Holidays … Broadway Style!,7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., in Aurora
Start the holiday season at the Paramount Theatre with a mix of traditional holiday songs and hit tunes from Paramount’s Broadway musicals. Past and present stars from the Broadway Series will perform. Artistic director Jim Corti will host the one-night only performance celebrating the season. Proceeds will benefit the Paramount’s Broadway Series. Tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, call 630-896-6666 or visit ParamountAurora.com.
Dec. 5 — Holiday Traditions,7:30 p.m. at The Blizzard Theatre, Building H, Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, in Elgin
Enjoy the music of the Elgin Community College Concert Band, directed by Jim Kull, as they highlight holiday favorites including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and “Christmas Festival.” The Concert Band consists of about 30 people ranging in age from 17 to 90. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. For tickets or more information, call 331- 228-5627.
Dec. 6 — “The Winter Wonderettes,” 8 p.m. at Pheasant Run, 4051 E. Main St., in St. Charles
The time is 1968 and Betty Jean has organized the holiday party at Harper’s Hardware Store. Her group, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” is scheduled to perform. After a series of mishaps, the singers try to bring the fun back to the party. This holiday musical includes classic ’60s hits like, “Santa Baby,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “It’s a Marshmallow World” and more. The show is for all ages. Tickets are $32 and $42 with dinner packages available at $52. Registration in required. To register or for more information, call 630-584-6300 or visit www.pheasantrun.com.
Dec. 7 — Cookie Walk,4:30 p.m. at The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St., in Geneva
Have some homemade cookies without the hassle. Choose from dozens of varieties of holiday cookie favorites. Customers will be given a box to fill, which holds one to two dozen cookies as they walk among the tables of assorted cookies. “The day is pretty exciting,” says Katie Phillips, congregational administrator. “It’s very festive. It’s a really good jump start to the holidays.” More than 80 church members volunteer to bake for the event, which yields more than 640 dozen cookies. “My daughter and I love the Cookie Walk. We come every year and there’s always something new. And the best part is I don’t have to do nearly as much holiday baking of my own,” says Hillary Accarizzi, a UUSG church member. “Cookie Walk is one of our largest fundraisers. It not only means we can continue work with the church, but we can also support local organizations,” Phillips says. The cost of the box is $14. For more information, call 630-232-2350 or visit www.uusg.org.
Dec. 8 — ONGOING: Sing-Along with Santa in St. Charles, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays at Steel Beam Theatre Children’s Stage, 111 W. Main St., in St. Charles
Children will have an opportunity to sing with Santa during this interactive show written and directed by Lori Holm. They also will have an opportunity to talk with Santa after the show. The show runs every weekend through Dec. 23. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 16. For tickets or more information, call 630-587-8521 or visit www.steelbeamtheatre.com.
Dec. 9 — Handel’s “Messiah” Concert, featuring Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, 11 a.m. Sunday Youth Concert and 3 p.m. Main Messiah Concert at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 W. Downer Place, in Aurora
Enjoy the songs from Handel’s “Messiah” sung by the Youth and Main Messiah joined by the community choir of Our Savior Lutheran Church. A freewill offering will be appreciated to benefit Lifespring women’s and children’s shelter in Aurora. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 630-897-5936 or visit www.oursavioraurora.org.
Dec. 10 — Read Around the Tree Storytime, 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Public Library, 555 S. Eola Road, in Aurora
Bring your children to hear some favorite holiday stories. They just may become their favorites, too. No registration is required. For more information, call 630-264-3400 or visit www.aurorapubliclibrary.org.
3 Dec. 11 — MULTIPLE DAYS: Pet Pics with St. Nick, 6 p.m. at Spring Hill Mall, 1072 Spring Hill Mall, in West Dundee
“Spring Hill Mall has reserved a special time with Santa for your furry friends,” says Amy Prew, general manager of Rouse Properties Inc. “We’re pleased to offer families an opportunity to bring their favorite tail-wagger for a portrait with Santa.” Bring your dogs and cats for a picture with Santa to frame for a keepsake or use for your holiday cards. Props and costumes will be provided. Purchase a picture packet of $25 or more and receive a special gift. Pets also may be brought at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 for photos. For photo package prices or more information, call 847-428-2200 or visit www.springhillmall.com.
Dec. 12 — MULTIPLE DAYS: Holiday Time Outs, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave., in Geneva
Parents will be given a chance to shop, wrap, clean or have some time alone with Holiday Time Out. Children ages 2 and a half to 6 years old may be dropped off at the center to enjoy crafts, stories, playtime and a snack. Parents must provide a sack lunch. There will be no diaper changing available for little ones. Additional dates include Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Thursday, Dec 13. The cost is $21 for residents and $32 for non-residents. No registration is required. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.
Dec. 13 — Geneva History Center Créche Luncheon, 12:45 p.m. at Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St., in Geneva
Enjoy the culinary students of Geneva High School as they prepare a feast at the ninth annual Créche Luncheon. Lunch will be served by members of the community, board members, police chief, fire chief and more. After lunch, these community members will sing carols. The cost is $55 a person. Registration is required. To register or for more information, visit www.genevahistorycenter.org.
Dec. 14 — Celebrate the Season, 6 to 8 p.m. at Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., in Geneva
A special guest from the North Pole will visit the library for this family event. Enjoy crafts and music with Joel Frankel as he sings and plays his guitar. Refreshments will be served. Remember to bring your camera. “Families tell us they look forward to this event each year,” says Kristi Miller-Pease, head of youth services at the Geneva Public Library District. “In addition to all the activities, there’s something special about being at the library after hours.” For more information, call 630-232-0780 or visit www.geneva.lib.il.us.
Dec. 14 — MULTIPLE DAYS: Festive Fridays at Spring Hill Mall, 5 to 6 p.m. Fridays at Spring Hill Mall, 1072 Spring Hill Mall, in West Dundee
Hear the sound of the season performed by local musical and dance groups on Fridays through Dec. 14. Mrs. Claus will delight children with story time provided by the Dundee Township Library. “Story Time with Mrs. Claus has been supported by the Dundee [Township] Library for three seasons and offers children an opportunity to engage in holiday favorites as they await a visit with Santa,” says Amy Prew, general manager, Rouse Properties Inc. “It’s a unique, fun and memorable experience for little ones during the holidays.” For more information, call 847-428-2200 or visit www.springhillmall.com.
Dec. 15 — Saturday with Santa, 1 p.m. Saturday at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, in Geneva
Santa’s workshop is in the orientation barn where Santa and his elves will share hot chocolate and a craft project. Bring your camera for a picture with Santa and his elves. Walk over to George’s Circle to warm your toes by a bonfire. The cost for this family event is $5 a person. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.
Dec. 16 — MULTIPLE DAYS: “The Nutcracker,” 2 p.m. at Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., in Batavia
Treat your family to a performance by State Street Dance Studio, which will present its ninth annual performance of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” Featured will be former Joffrey dancer Ariel Cisneros as the Grand Pas Cavalier and former Miami City Ballet dancer Abdelazis Rogue as the Snow King. If you can’t make Sunday’s performance, “The Nutcracker” will be offered at 1 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $28 for adults and $23 for children 10 and under. For tickets or more information, call 630-232-0444 or visit www.statestreetdancestudio.com.
Dec. 17 — The Little Traveler, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Little Traveler, 404 S. Third St., in Geneva
Need entertaining ideas for the holidays? The Little Traveler has daily wine and appetizer sampling in their gourmet rooms. Stay for lunch and enjoy a fashion show with the latest winter and holiday party-wear in the Atrium Café. For fashion show times and more information, call 630-232-4200 or visit www.littletraveler.com.
Dec. 18 — ONGOING: Geneva Giving Tree, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St., in Geneva
Visit the fourth annual Geneva Giving Tree display and cast your vote for the best tree with dollars instead of a ballot. Christmas trees, decorated by local charities, will be on display through Dec. 28. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m. Dec. 28 and will keep 100 percent of the funds pledged to support its tree. The remaining organizations will split their winnings with the Geneva History Center. “We really don’t profit from this event, it’s just a good community event to raise awareness of the nonprofits,” says Jessica McTague, curator of Geneva History Center. “We love doing this event, and the reason we love it is it helps other nonprofits in the community.” For more information, call 630-232-4951 or visit www.genevahistorycenter.org.
Dec. 19 — Geneva Chocolate Tour, 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. at various locations in Geneva
Satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate craving in this walking tour of sweet shops. The morning tour begins at Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream, then moves to The Sugar Path, Galena Cellars, Preservation Bread and Wine, Graham’s 318 and The Little Traveler. The afternoon tour does not include The Little Traveler but adds Moveable Feast and Peaceful Parlour. Reservations are required and space is limited. Tickets are $40. For more information, call 312-929-2939 or visit www.chicagochocolatetours.com/geneva-il.
Dec. 20 — “The Winter Wonderettes,” 8 p.m. at Pheasant Run, 4051 E. Main St., in St. Charles
If you didn’t catch them on Dec. 6, here’s another chance to see “The Winter Wonderettes.” Tickets are $32 and $42 with dinner packages starting at $52. Registration in required. To register or for more information, call 630-584-6300 or visit www.pheasantrun.com.
Dec. 21 — Ancient Cultural Traditions and the Solstice, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., in Elgin
Learn about the winter solstice and how this cycle of nature is the ultimate celebration among many cultures. Hear about the Druid Oak King and the Holly Queen and watch the Yule log burn in a glowing campfire while drinking hot cider and campfire treats. For more information, call 847-741-6655 or visit www.elginpublicmuseum.org.
Dec. 22 — It’s a Wrap!, 1 to 4 p.m. at the west branch of the Aurora Public Library, 233 S. Constitution Road, in Aurora
This is a chance for teens to wrap their holiday presents in secrecy. Students in fifth through 12th grades are invited to drop in, have some snacks, visit with friends and wrap their packages. Some gift wrap will be provided. No registration is required. For more information, call 630-264-3600 or visit www.aurorapubliclibrary.org.
Dec. 23 — ONGOING: Sing-Along with Santa in St. Charles, 1 p.m. Sunday at Steel Beam Theatre Children’s Stage, 111 W. Main St., in St. Charles
This is the last day children will have an opportunity to sing with Santa during this interactive show written and directed by Lori Holm. They also will have an opportunity to talk with Santa after the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 16. For tickets or more information, call 630-587-8521 or visit www.steelbeamtheatre.com.
Dec. 24 — “The Polar Express,” 11 a.m. at Paramount Theater, 23 E. Galena Blvd., in Aurora
Spend your afternoon watching the delightful holiday tale based on the book “The Polar Express” at the Paramount Theater. Admission is $1, and tickets are available at the original ticket lobby of the Paramount Theater. For more information, call 630-896-666 or visit, www.paramountaurora.com.
Dec. 25 — CHRISTMAS DAY: Volunteer
It’s the season of giving. If you have time, why not consider volunteering at a local food pantry or homeless shelter? There are many websites you can visit to find a place to volunteer including feedingamerica.org or www.kanesheriff.com/jail/communityresources.aspx.
Dec. 26 — Sing Arounds, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Mike’s Place Elmer’s North, 165 S. River Rd., in North Aurora
Relax and unwind from the hectic holidays. Whether you’re a picker, a singer or just a listener, visit Mike’s Place for their song and music circle of folk and acoustic music. All levels of skill are welcome. For more information, call 630-859-9565.
Dec. 27 — International Folk Dancing, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Kuhn Village Barn, on Sauk Circle, north of Batavia Road on the east side of Fermilab, in Batavia
Here’s a chance to work off the holiday calories with international folk dancing featuring line, circle, couple, trio and group dances. Music will include holiday tunes. The evening will begin with a dance lesson so newcomers are always welcome. Children are also welcome to attend. “I think theses dances are great,” says Juel Ulven, president of the Fox Valley Folklore Society. “We’ve been running them since 1978. If I didn’t think they were great, I’d have given them up a long time ago.” In addition to international folk dancing, they offer barn dancing, silk and thistle Scottish country dancing and English country dancing. For more information, call 630-584-0825 or visit www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkclub/folkdance.html.
Dec. 28 — MULTIPLE DAYS: Fridays @ 5, 6 to 8 p.m. at Gibby’s Wine Den, 1772 S. Randall Road, Suite 220, in Geneva
Meet your friends at Gibby’s and relax with a glass of wine! Live music from James Schlicher and the festive atmosphere will make Gibby’s the perfect place to unwind and catch up after the holidays. Fridays @ 5 take place most Fridays at Gibby’s. For more information, call 630-208-6424 or visit www.gibbys-wine.com.
Dec. 29 — Bison Feeding in Lords Park, 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., in Elgin
Take this opportunity to see bison, deer and elk up close at Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Elgin Public Museum for a brief introduction to the natural history of these hoofed animals. Then grab a cup of hot chocolate for the walk to the zoo to see the zookeeper’s morning feeding routine and learn more about these animals. Children will have a chance to imagine how Santa feeds his reindeer. The cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children and members are free. Registration is required and must be mailed one week prior to event. Space is limited. If you miss this program, it is repeated each month. For more information, call 847-741-6655 or for a registration form visit www.elginpublicmuseum.org.
Dec. 30 — ONGOING: “Annie,” 1 and 5 p.m. at Paramount Theater, 23 E. Galena Blvd., in Aurora
There is still time to take your family to the closing night of this heartwarming musical and follow the adventures of the little orphan girl Annie. Enjoy music and dancing to the classic songs of “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” Tickets are $47.90 for the 1 p.m. show and $40.90 for the 5 p.m. show. For more information, call 630-896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.
Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve at Pheasant Run Resort, dates and times vary, at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main St., in St. Charles
How do you want to ring in the New Year? Pheasant Run Resort offers several packages, some of which include meals, performance tickets and overnight accommodations. You can choose from Party Gras Bash, Culinary Delight, A Theatrical New Year’s Eve featuring the comedy of The Second City’s “Dysfunctional Holiday Revue” or A Zany New Year’s Eve featuring the stand-up comedy of Michael Palascak. For ticket prices and more information, call 800-474-3272 or visit www.pheasantrun.com. kc