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Winter Events

Daddy Daughter Dance Party

South Elgin

LOCATION:  Corron Elementary School, South Elgin

DATE:  Feb. 10, 2024 from 6 - 8pm, Ages 3 - 12

DETAILS:  Hey Dad, it is that time of year again. Time to treat your lucky girl(s) to a night out filled with excitement and fun. Crafts, pictures, DJ, and a lot more! Dad, bust out the tie and bring your princess(es) out for a great night. There will be snacks and drinks to keep that energy going all night. Photos will be taken and printed on-site, so come get your groove on with South Elgin Parks and Recreation.

FEE: $55 (per couple) Resident & $65 (per couple) Non-Resident, $15 additional children

Sweetheart Dance


LOCATION:  Oswegoland Park District Civic Center, 5 Ashlawn Ave., Montgomery

DATE:  Feb. 3, 2024, 6 - 7:30pm

Ages 6 - 11

DETAILS:  Dress up and dance with your stars this February! Kiddos will enjoy a delicious dinner with their favorite grown up and then dance the night away.

COST: $50 Resident & $65 Non-Resident

Mother Son Super Night Out


LOCATION:  Oswegoland Park District Civic Center, 5 Ashlawn Ave., Montgomery

DATE:  Feb. 21, 2024, 6 - 7:30pm

Ages 2+

DETAILS:  Moms and sons, show us your super moves this February! Pull out your favorite super hero outfits for our Super Night Out. Enjoy some modern tunes as instructors lead you through popular dances. This special night with your son includes dinner and dessert.

COST: $50 Resident & $65 Non-Resident

Daddies, Dance & Doughnuts


LOCATION:  Oswegoland Park District Civic Center, 5 Ashlawn Ave., Montgomery

DATE:  Feb. 3, 2024, Three time slots available: 9am, 10:30am or 12pm

Ages 2 - 5

DETAILS:  Little ladies, when you wake up Saturday morning, put on your princess gear and bring your Dad for doughnuts and dancing at the Civic Center! We will be putting on the hits and decorating some tasty treats. You are never too young for a sweet Saturday. This special event is designed for girls 2-5 and their dad.

COST: $30 Resident & $45 Non-Resident

Ties & Tiaras


LOCATION:  Rotolo Middle School, Batavia

DATE:  Feb. 2, 2024, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Ages 3- adult

DETAILS:  For moms, dads, kids and other family members! Join us for a fun-filled evening of entertainment, dessert, photo booths, dancing, music and other fun activities. Get dressed up in your fanciest attire for a magical night. For children ages 3-12. This is a ticketed event, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

COST: $20 per person for the first two family members, $18 for each additional family member.  All Participants must have a ticket to enter.

Holiday Express


LOCATION:  Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora

DATES:  November 30, December 7, 14 from 5 - 8pm

                 Friday December 8 & 15 from 5 - 8pm

                 Saturdays and Sundays December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17 from 2 - 7pm 

* Special Needs Night December 1st from 5 - 8pm


Get ready for some holiday cheer – all aboard the Holiday Express! Tickets are $10, available online starting November 9 at 9 a.m.: purchase online. Check our Facebook page for photos (and share yours)!

COST: $10 per person

A Night at the Movies: Polar Express


LOCATION:  ARC Center, 2348 83rd St, Woodridge

DATE:  December 8th, 6:30pm 

DETAILS:  New this year, a movie will be held indoors at the ARC during the winter! Movie goers are encouraged to wear their PJs! There will be popcorn and gold chocolate tickets to enjoy! Conductor hats will be given out before the movie and bracelets will be handed out at the end of the movie. This is a family event. No chairs, please bring blankets. Event is $2 per person, pre-registration is required.

COST: $2 per person

Grinch Photo - Op


LOCATION:  Recreation Center Upper Level Multipurpose Room at the Warrenville Park District 

3S258 Warren Ave, Warrenville

DATE:  December 11, 4 - 6pm

DETAILS:  Stop by and meet the GRINCH!

We will have a photographer, activities and snacks. We’re also helping the Grinch spread holiday cheer by collecting for Toys for Tots. If you’d like to help, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. No pre-registration necessary.


Bagpipes & Bonfire on the Winter Solstice


LOCATION:  Peck Farm, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva

DATE:  December 19, 6:30-7:30pm

DETAILS:  Winter Solstice traditions all around the world feature bagpipes playing traditional music. Join us as we bring this special music to a winter bonfire! Celebrate the longest night of the year and the beginning of longer days! Price includes bonfire, bagpipe show, and a hot beverage to keep you warm! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Two years old and under free!

COST: $5 per person, 2 years and under are FREE!

Hot Cocoa & Chocolate Crawl


LOCATION:  Downtown Geneva​

DATE:  November 4, 11 - 4pm

DETAILS:  Stroll through shops and restaurants for our third annual Cocoa & Chocolate Crawl! Experience a variety of Geneva shops and restaurants from 11 am-4 pm.

COST:  For cocoa and chocolate if you shop at the stores

Holiday House Tours


LOCATION:  Downtown Geneva​

DATE:  December 1 st, 10am - 8pm & December 2nd, 10am - 5pm

DETAILS:  Local designers and green-scape experts team up to decorate homes around Geneva to provide inspiration on ways to decorate your home for the holidays. Each designer also uses items available at local shops.

FEE:  Purchase tickets below. Tickets go on sale Mid October

North Pole Adventure

West Chicago

LOCATION:  Metra Station, 508 W. Main Street, West Chicago

DATE:  December 9th & 10th - 1:15pm & 5:15pm


Your journey to the North Pole is about to begin!

December 9th & 10th, riders will enjoy a journey to the “North Pole” aboard West Chicago’s own holiday train to pick up Santa. The ride will be filled with music, stories, snacks and surprises! Make sure you’re on the nice list, as Santa will jump on board to check his list twice and give each child a special gift.


Participants will meet at the West Chicago Train Station 508 W. Main Street in West Chicago. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Fee is per person. Every adult and child needs to be pre-registered for this event; space is limited.

FEE:  $22 Resident/$26 Non-Resident

Slices with Santa

West Chicago

LOCATION:  ARC Center, West Chicago

DATE:  December 15th, 6 - 7pm

DETAILS:  Did you know that next to cookies and milk, Santa’s favorite food to eat is PIZZA! Santa’s joining us for a pizza party & we want you to be there! This drop in event includes pizza, crafts and a visit with the jolly guy himself, Santa. Both adults and children must be registered.

FEE:  $10R/$12NR Pre-registration / $12R/$14NR At the Door

WeGo Wanders

West Chicago

LOCATION:  ARC Center, West Chicago

DATE:   January 5th, 2024, 8:30am - 4pm

DETAILS:  Days Off School Club is introducing WeGo Wanderers for middle schoolers in grades 6-8! Wanderers will take the Metra train to downtown Chicago, sight-see, ice skate and have lunch at Gino’s East before coming home. Fee includes train ticket, skating and lunch. Registration deadline: December 29, 2023.

FEE:  $50R/$55NR

Daughter Date Night 


LOCATION:  Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave, Geneva

DATE:  February 18th,  5:30pm - 7:30pm

DETAILS:  Enjoy an evening of dancing, entertainment, and refreshments. All couples will receive a keepsake photograph from this memorable night. PLEASE NOTE: Event open to all very important adults in your child’s life. Ages 3+

FEE: $15 (NR $20) each person must register

Fun with your Son Night


LOCATION:  Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave, Geneva

DATE:  March 10, 6pm - 8pm

DETAILS:  Enjoy an evening of dancing, entertainment, and refreshments. All couples will receive a keepsake photograph from this memorable night. PLEASE NOTE: Event open to all very important adults in your child’s life.

FEE: $15 (NR $20) each person must register

Geneva Restaurant Week


LOCATION:  Various, see website for participating businesses

DATES: January 20 - 28th ​

DETAILS:  Geneva Restaurant Week is pleased to highlight culinary excellence by offering an entire week of delicious discounted dining at some of Geneva’s finest restaurants! No coupon or ticket is necessary. Just mention to the server at one of the participating restaurants that you would like the Restaurant Week offering. Please visit the website of the participating restaurant for their special(s). For those that accept reservations, please be sure to call.

FEE:   Menu prices vary

Daddy Daughter Dance: A Night Under the Stars

St. Charles

LOCATION:  Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave, St. Charles

DATE:  February 24, 2024, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

DETAILS: Twinkle twinkle little star, do you know how loved you are? Spend the evening with your guy, you are the sparkle of his eye. Enjoy a night filled with dancing, entertainment, refreshments, and fun.

FEE: $29 per person for ages 3+

Get Hooked: Ice Fishing Derby

St. Charles

LOCATION:  East Side Sports Complex Pond, 3565 Legacy Blvd, St. Charles

DATE:  February 4, 2023 | 9am - 12pm

DETAILS: Venture on down to the local watering hole with your pals and a fishing pole for this first ever catch-and-release ice fishing event! Catch as many fish as you can to win prizes and receive awards: Largest Fish Caught, Smallest Fish Caught, and Most Variety of fish.. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5 and under are free with paid adult registration. Only one fishing pole per person. Bait sold on site. Bring your own bucket or cooler for fish transportation. AGES 5+

FEE: $10R / $12NR

January Jamboree: A Winter Break Celebration

St. Charles

LOCATION:  Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles

DATE:  January 6, 2024, 11am, 11:30am or 12pm


Enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor winter activities, games and crafts. It’s going to be SNOW MUCH FUN … with or without the white stuff! All ages welcome. Ages 15 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult. This activity will be held at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center.

  • Guided Hikes – 11:15am & 12:15pm

  • Turtle Races – Times TBD

  • Snowman Toss

  • Snow Painting

  • Critter Meet & Greets

  • S’mores & Cocoa Station: 1 hot chocolate and s’more kit/person; s’mores made outside around campfire presented by St. Charles Park Foundation

  • Popcorn Post – 1 small bag/person

  • Special appearances by Ollie, June and Stanley with a chance to win passes to Otter Cove Aquatic Park or Swanson Pool

FEE:  $10 per person, ages 2+

St. Charles Restaurant Week

St. Charles

LOCATION: Various Restaurants

DATES: February 19 - 23rd, 2024

DETAILS: St. Charles will showcase many restaurants throughout town. It's a great opportunity to explore restaurants you've been craving to try. Or go to your favorite local spot. No matter what you choose, we hope you can get out and support the amazing St. Charles restaurants we have here. Stay tuned as we update the participating 2023 restaurants.

FEE: Menu prices vary

Holiday Homecoming 

St. Charles

LOCATION: Downtown St. Charles

DATES: November 24 -25th

DETAILS: St. Charles Holiday Homecoming is one of the Midwest's most spectacular holiday events. Come to the most magical celebration to kick off your holiday season with the Lighting of the Lights Ceremony on the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Electric Christmas Parade, a Holiday movie, and other themed holiday activities on Saturday. 


Electric Christmas Parade 

St. Charles

LOCATION: Downtown St. Charles

DATE: November 25th @ 5:30pm


Main Street in Downtown St. Charles | 5:30pm

Come down to downtown St. Charles and see the beautifully decorated floats in the Electric Christmas Parade. The parade steps off on Main Street and concludes at 4th Avenue. There will also be live bands, and a special guest, Santa Claus! The three categories for this year's parade are: business, non-profit, and children. 


Santa Visits 

St. Charles

LOCATION:  Downtown St. Charles 

DATES:  Every weekend from November 25th - December 23rd,  1 - 4pm 


DETAILS:  Get ready for pictures with Santa.  He will be here every Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 4pm.


FREE Holiday Movie 

St. Charles 

LOCATION: Arcada Theatre, St. Charles 

DATES:  November 25th at 10am 


DETAILS:  There will be a free screening of a Holiday Movie at the Arcada Theatre at 10am. Doors will open at 9am to give viewers a chance to find a seat. Snacks will be offered in the lobby.


An Almost Winter Day

South Elgin

LOCATION:  Seba Park, South Elgin

DATE:  November 18, 2-5pm

DETAILS:  Join South Elgin Parks and Recreation for theAn Almost Winter Day at South Elgin's SEBA Park, 151 Water Street, Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 2-5pm. Make s'mores, decorate cookies, enjoy craft projects, get a balloon animal, drop-off a letter to Santa (and get a reply from the North Pole). The afternoon includes snowball slingshot, an ice sculptor, bonfire, a tree decorating contest and concessions available for purchase. Plus...Santa arrives at 2pm and will stay until 4:45 for pictures (bring your camera). At 5pm, the event shifts to Panton Mill Park across the street for the Village Tree lighting. *note: concessions available at affordable prices.

FEE: FREE but concessions available for a fee 

Hot Cider Stroll


LOCATION:  James Boan Woods, Bolingbrook

DATE:  November 11, 2-3pm

DETAILS:  All ages are welcome to enjoy a guided stroll through the woods with an experienced Naturalist and a hot cider in hand. Later, stay warm by the fire or play some lawn games! Be sure to dress for the weather.
FREE event!

FEE: FREE , but you must register. You can register HERE

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt


LOCATION:  James Boan Woods, Bolingbrook

DATE:  December 15th 

Ages 0-3 years:  4:30-4:40pm 

Ages 4-7 years: 4:40 -4:50pm

Ages 8+: 4:50-5pm

DETAILS:  Bring a flashlight to hunt down candy canes after dark! All ages are welcome as participants will be divided into three age groups; each group will have a designated time slot. Dress for the weather and bring your own flashlight and collection bag.

FEE: FREE , but you must register.  

Register for Ages 0-3 HERE

Register for Ages 4-7 HERE

Register for Ages 8+ HERE

Riverside Parade of Lights

East Dundee

LOCATION:  Downtown East Dundee

DATES: December 2nd,  6:30pm


Please join us for a magical night along the riverfront for our 2nd Annual Riverside Parade of Lights!

Watch all of the holiday magic come alive as the parade kicks off in West Dundee on S. Lincoln Ave. (just south of N. 6th St.), travel north to, and across, the Main St. bridge in Carpentersville, then south on Washington/Water St. to East Dundee (ending at Railroad St.)


Polar Express


LOCATION:  Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago Street, Joliet

DATES: November 25, 2pm

DETAILS:   Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

FEE:   $5 per person.  Tickets will be available day-of at the Rialto Square Theatre Box Office. All seating will be General Admission—first come, first serve.

29th Annual Grahams Candy Cane Pull & Parade


LOCATION:  Graham's Fine Chocolates, 302 S. Third Street, Geneva

DATES: December 1st, 5:30-9pm


Graham's Fine Chocolates, celebrates Geneva Chamber's Annual Christmas Walk with their old-fashioned Candy Cane Pull. A holiday tradition, watch as Graham's candy makers bring to life the age-old custom of pulling peppermint confection into hundreds of colorful Yuletide candy canes. Graham's will be giving away all the candy canes to their valued customers for free as a token of appreciation for 30+ years of support for our Family run business.

At about 5:45pm, march with Graham's employees, customers, and friends dressed in full regalia. With Herald trumpets, giant nutcrackers, 60-70 sleigh bell ringers, the Geneva High School Drumline, & the Geneva High School Colorguard, the First Candy Cane of the Season Parade will commence, presenting the Graham's Fine Chocolates first candy cane to Mayor Burns on the Third Street stage in front of the courthouse. Participants will parade from 318 S. Third St. to the reviewing stand to start the Annual Candy Cane Ceremony


Elburn Christmas Stroll


LOCATION:  Downtown Elburn

DATES: December 2, 4 - 7pm

DETAILS:    Please join us on Dec. 2nd, from 4-7 pm in Downtown Elburn, IL for the 29th Annual Elburn Chamber Christmas Stroll! Santa will kick off the Stroll at 4 pm with the lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by holiday themed activities throughout the town! Enjoy the downtown lights, shops on Main Street, events at the Community Center and Library, and the Kris Kringle Market at Obscurity Brewing! New this year will be live reindeer at the Pound 4 Pound
Fitness/Obscurity Mead Hall parking lot.


Cocoa & Cookies with Kris Kringle


LOCATION:  My Gym Aurora, 4008 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora

DATES: December 2, 1pm

DETAILS:   We will have hot cocoa, crafts, music, and games! Photos with Santa and the Grinch as well as decorating cookies to go! Photographer will be here to capture the moments that matter!
Holiday attire optional.

Pictures with Santa and/or the Grinch
Holiday games and fun.

FEE:   $20 per child

Winterfest 2024

Lake Geneva, WI

LOCATION:  201 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI 

DATES: January 31st, 2024  February 4, 2024, 11am - 5pm


VISIT Lake Geneva and the City of Lake Geneva are proud to present the 29th Annual Winterfest, featuring the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship January 31 - February 4, 2024. As the only national snow sculpting championship in the United States, Winterfest welcomes the most talented and award-winning sculpting teams from across the country. Be here to witness 15 state-champion teams at work during an epic 3-day competition where their artistry is put to the test in creating remarkable, larger-than-life snow sculptures. The snow sculpting competition begins at 11am Wednesday and continues through 1pm Saturday at Riviera Plaza and Flat Iron Park along the beautiful shore of Geneva Lake. It's FREE to attend and view, and sculptures will remain on display through Sunday (and until they melt).

Also enjoy an array of more wintery fun throughout the Lake Geneva region during Winterfest. Don't miss the Downtown Ice Sculpture Walk, bonfires on the beach, live entertainment and much more for the whole family.

So, mark your calendar and watch for all the frosty details coming soon!

FEE:   $20 per child

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