Holiday Happenings and Events

Holiday Happenings and Events

Many stores will have extended holiday hours; there will be festive decorations, and the sounds of the season will fill the air this upcoming holiday season.

Northbrook Court features extended shopping hours and special holiday photo opportunities in December. Parents can avoid long wait-times for visits with Santa by registering for an appointment on You can even bring your dog or cat for a photo on Monday evenings. A mobile app for GGP Malls (available for Android and iOS) helps shoppers find a place to park, locate stores in the mall, and learn about sales and events.

Morton’s The Steakhouse will be open for lunch with a special a la carte holiday menu on December 12-14 and 19-21, opening at 11:30 a.m. For reservations, call (847) 205 5111.

At the Chicago Botanic Gardens, visitors can experience the dazzling Wonderland Express display, a festive tradition featuring model trains running among miniature versions of Chicago landmarks, artfully crafted from botanical materials. Enjoy caroling singalongs and ice sculpture demonstrations, and browse the Gift Shop for unique items for gardeners and nature lovers. Visit for information on seasonal activities.

Allgauer’s on the Riverfront will host “Breakfast with Santa” on December 8 and 15, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The event includes photos with Santa, a breakfast buffet, cookie decorating, and other festive activities. Call 847-664-7999 to RSVP.

Kids can meet live reindeer along with Santa himself while parents shop for holiday greenery and décor at Red’s Garden Center on Saturday, December 8, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

An annual favorite, the Northbrook Community Choir will perform uplifting and joyful music at its Winter Concert on Monday, December 10, 7:00 p.m., held in the auditorium at the Northbrook Public Library.

New, unwrapped toys for needy children for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program can be dropped off through Friday, December 14 at Glenview State Bank, BHHS KoenigRubloff – Northbrook, American Weathermakers, Walgreens, the Northbrook Police Department, and the Village of Northbrook lobby, during office hours.

Glenbrook North High School’s Music Department presents its annual Winter Concert on Monday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. The performance of holiday-themed selections includes the choir, band and orchestra programs, culminating in the traditional mass rendition of “White Christmas.” The concert, at GBN’s Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, is free and open to the public.

The North Suburban YMCA offers “School Days Off” Winter Break Camps, with field trips, games, art projects, and swimming in the indoor pool. To register visit or call (847) 272-7250.

Home Instead Senior Care is sponsoring the “Be A Santa (Friend) To A Senior” program to collect gifts for more than 1000 area seniors this holiday season. Visit one of their locations, select an ornament with the gift request information, and return the unwrapped gift to their Northbrook office prior to Dec. 20. Visit for more information.

Noggin Builders offers Winter Break workshops at both the Dundee Road and Northbrook Court locations starting Monday, Dec. 24 through Friday, January 4 for children in Pre-K through 8th grade. Visit to view a detailed schedule.

Bernard Weinger JCC hosts a “Halfway to Summer” family event on Tuesday, December 25, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., including swimming, gym games, fitness activities, snacks, and crafts. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Holiday lights can be dropped off for recycling in specially marked bins at the Northbrook Village Hall lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during December and January. They also can be turned in at the Fleet Garage behind Village Hall on the first Tuesday (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or Saturday (9:00 a.m. to noon) of each month. Electronics cannot be disposed of in your regular trash or recycling.

The Northbrook Public Library will hold a special New Year’s celebration on Monday, Dec. 31, 11:00 a.m. with a countdown to noon, with crafts, games, a dance party and balloon drop.

Kohl Children’s Museum will transform into a Times Square-style party for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve on Monday, December 31, 8:30 – 11 a.m. and again from 12:30 – 3 p.m. The event includes a children’s concert, DJ, juggling shows, and a massive confetti drop. Visit for more information.&’ type=’text/javascript’>