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Thursday, 26 December 2013 11:54

Your guide to Christmas and holiday season events throughout the region

ONGOING

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.

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.

CHRISTMAS DAY

Lazarus House/St. Charles Free Methodist Church invites the community to its annual Christmas brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy food and fellowship with others who wish to celebrate this special day. Visitors are welcome to bring a dish to share or supplies if you choose or drop one off if you are not able to attend. The church is located at 214 Walnut with brunch in the community room. Call (630) 587-2144 for more information.

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. 30

Aurora's Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena, presents E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, at 7 p.m. as part of its$1 Monday Movie Night.A gentle alien creature is befriended by a young boy and his siblings, who learn to communicate with him and try to help him contact the ship that left him behind on Earth. Starring Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, and Peter Coyote. Drama. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Ring in 2014 at the Naperville Public Library’s New Year’s Eve party from 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. At noon, participants will count down to 2014. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/eventskids.

DEC. 31

A New Year's Eve fireworks display by the Batavia Fireworks Committee celebrates the new year, the city's 180th Birthday and Park District's 45th Birthday with a display on New Year's Eve. Starting at 9 p.m., there will be a short musical performance by the Batavia Community Band at the Peg Bond Center. The fireworks display will follow the band at approximately 9:15 p.m. The best viewing area for the fireworks will be near the Peg Bond Center, along the Depot Pond on the west side of Batavia City Hall. Sales of hot chocolate, noise makers and glow sticks as well as a raffle and donations will help defray the costs.

Ring in 2014 and be the first to experience an evening of waltzes, polkas and traditional Viennese musical selections in the newly renovated MAC at College of DuPage with the New Philharmonic - "Viennese Pops New Year’s Eve Celebration with an International Twist." The hottest ticket in town is back at the MAC and promises to be better than ever. Special guest soprano Emily Birsan of Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center will perform favorites including Adele’s “Laughing Song” from Die Fledermaus. Complete with surprise encores and a champagne toast- it’s a New Year's Eve celebration not to be missed. Special dinner packages will also be available. Performances at 4 and 9 p.m. on the MAC Mainstage. Tickets: $60 adult/$58 senior/$50 youth. For more information, call the MAC Ticket office at (630) 942-4000, or purchase tickets online.

Start the new year at the Naperville Public Library’s New Year’s Eve party from 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive; and 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31 at Naper Blvd. Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. At noon, participants will count down to 2014. For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.org/content/eventskids.

The DuPage Children’s Museum hosts a “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.

Families and children can start their New Year’s Eve activities early with a celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the Vaughan Athletic Center. The Family New Year’s Eve Party will ring in 2014 with a variety of festivities. Kids and adults can get energetic while climbing and bouncing on giant inflatables, playing interactive games, competing in hula hoop contests, viewing kid fit demos and dancing to the latest tunes with a live DJ. Party favors will be distributed to all pre-registered guest for the New Year’s countdown that will feature a colossal balloon drop at noon. Pre-registration by noon on Dec. 30 is encouraged in order to guarantee admission, party favors, activities and a snack. Advance tickets are $7 per person (ages 2 and up). Children under 2 are free. Day-of registration is $10 per person, but party favors and snacks will not be available for those last-minute registrants. For more information, call the Vaughan Athletic Center at (630) 907-9600 and follow updates on the Vaughan Center’s Facebook page.

The Paramount Theater hosts "Piano Men: A Tribute To Elton John & Billy Joel at 6 and 10 p.m. on Dec. 31. It’s the ultimate tribute to two of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time by Craig Meyer (Almost Elton John) and Donnie Kehr — two of the best tribute artists in the country. You’ll spend New Year’s Eve singing your heart out and dancing in the aisles as these two performers take the stage together with their pianos to play hit after endless hit. The 10 p.m. performance includes champagne toast and party favors. Call (630) 896-6666 for more information.

Waterleaf restaurant in Glen Ellyn will celebrate New Year's Eve on Tuesday, Dec. 31, with a special four-course prix fixe dinner and dancing to live music from the Rose Colella Quartet. There will be two seatings, one from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and one beginning at 9 p.m. The price is $95 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Colella currently performs regularly at Chicago's top jazz clubs and hotels, including The Jazz Showcase and The Green Mill, alongside the city's top jazz musicians. Rose released her critically acclaimed album "Small Hours" in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago and owns the entertainment agency Lola Bard Productions, named for her grandmother, a 1930s vocalist who performed and recorded with Bobby Hackett & The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Lola Bard Productions books jazz, classical and holiday entertainment at Chicago's finest establishments, along with weddings, corporate events and private parties. For more information or to make reservations for Waterleaf's New Year's Eve celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31, call Waterleaf at (630) 942-6881.

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