Holiday Happenings & Events

Holiday Happenings & Events

Northbrook Court will feature 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 Volunteers from Orphans of the Storm will wrap holiday gifts Friday-Sunday in return for a small donation to the shelter

At the Chicago Botanic Gardens, visitors can experience the dazzling Wonderland Express miniature train display, a festive tradition featuring model trains and dozens of Chicago landmarks beautifully crafted in miniature from all natural materials. Enjoy caroling singalongs and ice sculpture demonstrations, and then stop by the Gift Shop for unique items for gardeners and nature lovers. Visit for more information on holiday activities.

The Northbrook Park District will host a Gingerbread Workshop for families on Wednesday, December 6, 6:00pm. Parents and children can customize preassembled gingerbread houses with candy, licorice ropes and gum drops. Pizza and soda are included. Visit to register.

The North Suburban YMCA will host its second annual Holiday Extravaganza on Sunday, December 10, featuring free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a festive tree lighting, caroling, and the chance to win whimsical or elegant decorated wreaths in the Deck the Halls Raffle. Open to the public free of charge from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information call 847 272-7250 or visit

The Northbrook Symphony presents its annual Holiday Concert with special guests the Chicago Children’s Choir, Rogers Park & Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs, and Music Institute Chorale, on Saturday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Brook. Visit for details.

Take a photo with Fido and “Santa Paws” at Heartland Animal Shelter on Saturday, December 2, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each $20 donation supports the shelter, and provides a link to digital images of the pet photos. Call (847)296 6400 for an appointment.

Whole Foods of Northbrook will host “A Taste of Whole Foods” on December 2, 3, 9, and 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be opportunities to sample traditional favorites and new flavors, and learn more about take- out options to help plan holiday feasts.

Allgauer’s will host a Breakfast with Santa on Saturdays, December 2, 9, and 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. There will be cookie decorating, photos with Santa and other activities. Call (847)509-7010 to register.

Lisker Music Foundation presents a holiday seasonal concert featuring some of the most beloved works from the Baroque era, including masterpieces of Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and more on Sunday, December 3, 3:00 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. For more information visit

Live reindeer will be featured along with holiday greenery and décor at Red’s Garden Center on Saturday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New, unwrapped toys for needy children for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program can be dropped off through Tuesday, December 12 at Glenview State Bank, BHHS KoenigRubloff – Northbrook, American Weathermakers, Walgreens, the Northbrook Police Department, and the Village of Northbrook lobby during office hours.

An annual favorite, there will be a performance of uplifting and joyful music at the Northbrook Community Choir Holiday Concert on Monday, December 11, 7:30 p.m., held in the auditorium at the Northbrook Public Library.

Home Instead Senior Care is sponsoring Be A Santa 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, purchase the items listed and return the unwrapped gift to their Northbrook office prior to Dec. 20. Visit for more information.

Morton’s The Steakhouse will be open for lunch Wednesday through Friday the second and third weeks of December, featuring a limited a la carte menu. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Noggin Builders offers Winter Break workshops starting Monday, Dec. 18 through Friday, January 5. Students in Pre-K through 8th grade can enjoy a different project each day, or choose an extended length project. Call (847) 687-2450 to register.

Five Seasons Family Sports Club offers a Winter Break Day Camp for children ages four to twelve. Half day and full day options are available December 26 to January 5 (New Year’s Day excluded). For details call 847-897-5030.

Goldfish Swim School celebrates New Year’s Eve with a family pool party on Sunday, December 31 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The party includes swimming, snacks, games, and a balloon drop. $10/child, pre-registration required. Call (847)897-4300.&’ type=’text/javascript’>