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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00



Moosheart’s Fourth annual Holiday of Lights show continues through Dec. 31 with a two-mile show featuring over 90 lighted and animated displays on the campus grounds. Admission is $10 per car plus $1 each for a pair of 3-D viewing glasses. Moosehart is located on Illinois Route 31 between North Aurora and Batavia. Call (630) 906-3601 for more information.

Children who want to give their holiday wish list to Santa Claus in person can visit jolly St. Nick in December at the David and Karen Stover Visitors Center at Aurora’s Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive. Santa will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec.  21 to 22.  Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of Phillips Park, a non-profit group that has been working behind the scenes to help preserve, restore and promote park amenities and programs since 1985. For more information on the Friends of Phillips Park, call the Visitors Center at (630) 256-3750.

The Polar Express train is welcoming all aboard during the first three weekends in December at Blackberry Farm for its annual Yuletide celebration amid thousands of glittering lights and festive activities. The holiday spirit comes to life from 2 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 when the decorated train will run continuously around sparkling Lake Gregory. Classic holiday music favorites play in the background throughout the event. The famous book ‘The Polar Express’ will be read by storytellers at the historic one-room school house, and Santa Claus will delight young visitors at the Early Streets Museum. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 630-892-1550.


A Nutcracker with a different sort of holiday cheer has set up shop in downtown Aurora as the The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue - a live comedy revue that aims The Second City's usual brand of brash and irreverent humor for its annual run at the 216-seat Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., through Dec. 22. Tickets are $35. For tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call the Paramount Theatre box office, (630) 896-6666, or visit the Paramount box office (located directly across the street from the Copley, at 23 E. Galena Blvd.)  


The Riverfront Playhouse presents “A Christmas Carol” from Dec. 13 through Dec. 22. Scrooge, Howard and all the ghosts return to tell the classic tale of A Christmas Carol as only The Riverfront Playhouse can. Performances only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Friday-Saturday performances at 8 p.m., Sunday performances at 3 p.m. The Riverfront Playhouse is located at 11 and 13 Water Place, Aurora. Call (630) 897-9496 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Waubonsee Community College will offer an abundance of live concerts in December – and no tickets will be required. Through Dec. 15, Waubonsee will host its annual series of five live winter musical performances in an assortment of musical genres. All shows will be free and open to the public, and will be performed in the Waubonsee Auditorium, on Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, unless otherwise noted. The Waubonsee Jazz Ensemble will perform on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m., and the Waubonsee Rock Band will follow with a show on Saturday, Dec. 14, also at 7:30 p.m. A General Student Recital will cap off the month of free music on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, Room 114. For more information, contact Music Professor Gib Monokoski at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2500.      


Aurora’s Festival of Lights continues nightly through Dec. 26 at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Dr. Visitors can drive through a winter wonderland of animated displays, lighted tunnels, a forest full of lights and much more. Call (630) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Montgomery’s Festival of Trees continues through Dec. 31 at City Hall, 200 N. River St. Visitors can view dozens of decorated Christmas trees and vote for a favorite. Call (630) 896-8080 for more information.


DEC. 18


Christmas with the Celts features a high-energy, fast-dancing Christmas celebration with music from the green and rocky lands of Ireland and Scotland on Dec. 18 at the Paramount Theater. For over 15 years, the Celts have traveled the world playing the passionate songs of their homeland with a pop twist, including both fiery traditionals and the hits of beloved contemporary artists like Van Morrison and The Chieftains. Shows at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $35. Call (630) 896-6666 for more information.


The annual Saints Helping Saints Auction of handcrafted wood items made by the St. Charles East Woods students will take place on Wednesday, December 18 in the Little Theater at East H.S. Viewing of the items up for auction begins at 2 p.m. and the gavel drops to begin the live auction at 2:45 p.m.  There will also be items available in a silent auction. All the available items were designed and created by East H.S. students and all proceeds are used to purchase toys and gifts for District 303 families in need.


DEC. 20


The Historic Kendall County Courthouse hosts a Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. featuring Prairie Smoke and Friends performing an electric range of urban and rural folk music. More information is available at (630) 553-4025 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


DEC. 21


Country legend Kenny Rogers will perform “Christmas & Hits Through the Years” with special guest Linda Davis at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. on Saturday, December 21 at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu.


Elgin’s First Congregational Church presents “Joy to the World: A community Christmas Sing-a-long” at 4 p.m. on Dec. 21 and feature classic hymns and new favorites like with acoustic accompanists and song leaders. Call (847) 741-4045 for more information.


St. Charles’ Arcada Theater presents “A Christmas Story” at 7 p.m. In the classic movie, Ralphie wishes for a Red Ryder BB gun in this delightful family show set in 1940's Cleveland, Ohio. For information please call 630.962.7000. $5.00 adults; kids 10 and under free. The Arcada is located at 105 E. Main St. Call (630) 962-7000 or visit www.oshows.com for more information.


The Vero Voce School of Performing Arts presents a Holiday Benefit Concert at 6 p.m. at the school, 951 State Ave. Suite F. Songs of the season will be performed by Vero Voce faculty and chorale. Instrumental performances on flute, guitar, drums, saxophone, and more with 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to a family in need of service dogs. Visit pleasehelpthestrong.com. For additional information call 630-584-0139.


DEC. 22


Celebrate the season as singer/musician Tom Malouf will lead participants in a variety of traditional and contemporary carols at 2 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library. Registration required.


DEC. 26


The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites visitors to its Danada Equestrian Center at 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton for horse-drawn sleigh rides Dec. 26-30 from noon to 2 p.m. and Sundays in January and February from noon to 3 p.m.

The center’s draft horses will pull the sleigh over the fields and through the woods for 15-minute rides. A crackling fire will warm visitors before and after their rides, which depart every 20 minutes. If there is less than 4 inches of snow on the trail, a hay wagons is used instead of a sleigh. Tickets are available at Danada in the main barn beginning at 11:30 a.m. on days when rides take place and are $5 per adult and $2 for children ages 5 – 12, with children under 5 riding for free. Only cash or checks are accepted. For more information or to make a private group reservation, call the center at 630-668-6012.


St. Charles’ Primrose Farm hosts holiday sleigh rides through Dec. 28 at 5N576 Crain Road. All ages are invited to enjoy an old-fashioned, tractor-drawn holiday excursion! Bundle up for a tractor-drawn bobsled ride around the fields & trails. Per person fee: $10 residents: $15 non-residents. Under yr. 1 are free. Advance registration is required. Call (630) 513-4370 or visit www.primrosefarmpark.com for more information.


DEC. 31


Ring in the New Year with the DuPage Children’s Museum’s “Build it Big” Bubble Bash from 9 a.m. to noon . The party will include commemorative photos, a collaborative water balloon painting, parachutes, stomp rockets and a musical performance by Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies. For more information, or to register, visit www.dupagechildrens.org.

The Naperville community is invited to gather for a free, family friendly countdown to the New Year at Naperville’s Millennium Carillon on Rotary Hill at 6 p.m. and again at midnight on Tuesday, December 31. For more information, visit www.naperville-carillon.org.

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