Celebrate the Holiday Season in Northbrook

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Northbrook

Many stores will have extended holiday hours; there will be festive decorations and plenty of opportunities to share with others this upcoming holiday season:
Northbrook Court features extended shopping hours and a number of special photo opportunities in December. To make it easier for families bringing in children for photos with Santa and avoid long wait times, a new reservation system for a specific date and time for Santa photos will be available through www.northbrookcourt.com. For a small donation to Orphans of the Storm, gift wrapping is available every Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to close and every day of the week Dec. 21 – 24 until 6 p.m.

At the Chicago Botanic Garden shoppers can purchase beautiful items in their Gift Shop. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the Wonderland Express featuring 750,000 lights and 10 garden-scale trains winding their way over 1,300 feet of track with landscapes of 80 miniature versions of Chicago signature landmarks. Check the website www.chicagobotanic.org for information on holiday concerts, breakfast with Santa, ice sculpture displays and holiday musical performances.

The Northbrook Park District invites everyone to a free Holiday Skating Recital on Thursday, December 17th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Northbrook Sports Center featuring skaters performing to holiday music, photos with Santa and hot chocolate. Visit www.nbparks.org for a list of all the special activities.

Charitable Opportunities
New, unwrapped toys for needy children for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program can be dropped off through Friday, December 11th at Charles Schwab, AAA Northbrook, the Village of Northbrook and Francesca’s Restaurant during office hours.

To make the holidays brighter for children and families, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook sponsors a holiday gift program. Unwrapped gifts, or monetary donations to support the program will make the holidays brighter for 1500 children. Visit www.ysn.org for drop off locations.

United Services by Permaco is partnering with Bernie’s Book Bank, a Chicagoland non-profit organization whose mission is to help supply books to at-risk children. United Services will accept books at their 46 Sherwood Terrace, Lake Bluff office during business hours. For more information call (847)816-9800.

Starbucks is collecting new toys for distribution to children in Chicago area hospitals who are diagnosed with cancer. New art supplies, games, books, dolls puzzles, LEGOs and other toys for infants through late teens can be dropped off throughout the month.&’ type=’text/javascript’>