‘Tis the Season for Holiday Markets, visits with Santa, and so much more. Please take a look at the list below for fun things to do this weekend. Please visit The Daily North Shore for more information and to visit our events calendar.
WINNETKA- Breakfast with Santa On Saturday, December 3 from 8:30-11:30 a.m., the Woman’s Board of Winnetka Community House will host “Breakfast with Santa.” Families will enjoy a scrumptious breakfast buffet, families will meet and greet Santa, have a complimentary photo taken, create personalized crafts and then take home a book from Mrs. Claus’ library. Don’t miss the fun! —this event is expected to sell out.
LAKE FOREST- Elawa Farm Holiday Market On December 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on December 4, from noon to 4 p.m., please come shop for festive foods, gifts and holiday décor: Frasier fir trees – fresh holiday wreaths, greens and arrangements – gourmet gingerbread houses and cookies – handcrafted soaps – farm preserves and jams – unique artisan gifts – toffee, truffles, brownies, tea cakes – slow cooker spice tins – silhouette portraits – and more uniquely Elawa items!
Silhouette Portraits at the Holiday Market
Back by popular demand, Cassidy Alexander, a nationally known portrait and silhouette artist, will participate in this year’s Holiday Market (on Sunday only), to cut silhouettes of you or your children. Cassidy is a local artis who cuts freehand, with paper and scissors only – no preliminary drawing, shadow tracing or digital manipulation. she creates a charming, heirloom quality miniature paper profile in just a few minutes. Wiggly kids are not a problem!
To make an appointment, please call Catherine Gregg at 847-234-1907, or [email protected]
WINNETKA– Vivid Art Gallery First Friday Art Opening. Vivid Art Gallery is hosting its 2nd “First Friday” Art Opening, “From the Edge of the Forest,” displaying new work by Featured Artist Tom James. Tom is well known on the North Shore as an art instructor with the New Trier Extension Program. He has spent several years painting the landscapes of the Skokie Lagoons and Chicago Botanic Garden. Tom will be on hand to discuss his work and art influences. The event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wine and beer, nibbles, and live jazz by the Roy McGrath duo will be on offer. The gallery is located at 895 Green Bay Road in Winnetka.
GLENVIEW–Sts. Peter and Paul Host “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” Holiday Faire The Ladies Philoptochos Society of Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview will host its “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” Holiday Faire on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The annual event takes place in the church community center, 1401Wagner Road (at Lake Avenue).
A luncheon of homemade Greek cuisine will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (carry-outs available) and the beautiful St. Nicholas tree makes for a festive setting to enjoy beverages and homemade pastries from the Coffee Shoppe, or take some sweets home.
Many new vendors and local artisans will offer unique options for holiday giving in every price range. Among the items featured this year are: personalized ornaments and stationery, hand-crafted women’s jewelry, handmade soaps, decorative handbags, knitwear, and Greek items from Gifts by Panos. The church’s Book and Icon store will sell icons, books and other religious items for children and adults. The popular Candy Cane Room, open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., gives families the opportunity for memorable photos with Santa and will provide children’s goody bags and activities.
Admission $2, children and students free. Philoptochos means “friends of the poor,” and Sts. Peter & Paul Philoptochos Society directs proceeds from the event to local, national and international charities. For information contact 847-729-2235 or www.ssppglenview.org.
LAKE BLUFF– Historic Christmas Home Tour The Lake Bluff History Museum’s Historic Christmas Home Tour returns to Lake Bluff on Saturday December 3, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. First held in 2010, this popular tour brings the splendor of history and the holidays to life! The tour provides an insider’s glimpse at lovely Lake Bluff homes decorated to reflect the owners’ unique style. Included are homes dating from the late 1800s into the 20th century. Tickets for the event cost $40.
This is the fifth Historic Christmas Home Tour hosted by the Lake Bluff History Museum. Tours start at the museum where participants receive a guidebook and map and start the self-guided tour. A key fundraiser for the museum, the monies raised support the museum’s mission to bring Lake Bluff history to life. For additional information, call 847 482-1571 or e-mail [email protected].
NORTHBROOK– YMCA Holiday Extravaganza Enjoy a day of family fun to welcome the holiday season while helping your community! The North Suburban YMCA will hold its first “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Extravaganza from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus from noon to 3 p.m., select a beautiful fresh tree or wreath from the Y’s Tree Lot, enter to win a cartload of toys courtesy Toys “R” Us of Highland Park, tour the Y’s “Deck the Halls” wreath display and enter the raffle to take home your favorite, there will also be treats, face painting, and more! All proceeds benefit the Y’s mission to strengthen families and communities. For event or sponsorship information, contact Kim Nyren, [email protected], or cal 847 272 7250.
WILMETTE– Plaza del Lago FREE Sleigh Ride Event On Sunday, December 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. come celebrate the season with a horse-drawn sleigh ride right here on the North Shore. Make an afternoon of it with lunch at one of Plaza’s many restaurants, followed by shopping in our unique boutiques.
NORTHFIELD– Northfield Holiday Festival: Holiday Lights and Family Fun A jam-packed afternoon awaits local residents at the first annual Northfield Holiday Festival: Holiday Lights and Family Fun on Sunday afternoon, December 4.
Centered in Northfield Village Hall at the corner of Happ and Willow Roads, the program features a full range of holiday activities to appeal to families, from horse-drawn sleigh rides to performances from the Storybook Mom, a trio from the New Trier Jazz Ensemble and the North Shore Music Institute, plus dance, crafts and refreshments, including a grilling station run by Hofherr Meat Co. The Holiday Festival begins at 3 p.m. and ends with a tree lighting at 5 p.m. Parking is available at the large municipal lot off Orchard Lane across from the Northfield Library.
The Holiday Festival is presented by Northfield Now!, the Village of Northfield, The Northfield Park District, the Winnetka-Northfield Library District and the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce.