When/Where: Sunday, December 4 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Morton Grove
Why Go: Santa will ride through the streets of Morton Grove from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. passing out candy for all the good boys and girls of Morton Grove. Some of these pieces of candy will be specially marked as prize winners.
When/Where: Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center
Why Go: The Morton Grove Farmers’ Market will host its first-ever Winter Market. Many of the regular market vendors and an assortment of new vendors will be on hand with foods, drinks, gifts and hand-made products. Available that day will be holiday-oriented items, gift baskets, wreaths and boughs, candles, baked goods, live music and much more.
When/Where: Sunday, December 4, 12 p.m. 5 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge.
Why Go: Liberty Bank is sponsoring the annual showing of "It's a Wonderful Life", a Christmas classic, at the historic Pickwick Theatre.
When/Where: Sunday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection; 8450 N. Shermer Rd., Niles.
Why Go: The program features Chicago jazz musician Lady T. There will be a brief liturgy of evening prayer, readings from the Bible, a brief meditation, a devotional reading, poem or poetic prayer, and selected Psalms read by the congregation and up to two hours of jazz music. The vespers will end with an hour of coffee and refreshments in the church basement.
When/Where: Saturday, December 3 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Park Ridge Senior Center; 100 S. Western Ave., Park Ridge.
Why Go: Bring family and friends to socialize and enjoy all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.
Pricing: $4.50 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under.
When/Where: Thursday, December 1 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Wildwood Nature Center; 529 Forestview Avenue, Park Ridge.
Why Go: Deck your tree with some fun and eco-friendly ornaments made out of seeds, pine cones, and other natural supplies.
Pricing: $12 for residents, $16 for non- residents.
Candy Cane Lane Shoppe
When/Where: Friday, December 2 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Maine Park Leisure Center; 2701 W. Sibley St., Park Ridge.
Why Go: Bring your kids to a kids-only store where your child will be able to buy that special gift for mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, pet or friend. Elves will be on hand to assist young shoppers with their purchases and help the shoppers wrap their gifts. Parents are invited to wait in the Reindeer Room next door while the children shop.
Pricing: Free admission
Amahl and the Night Visitors
When/Where: December 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m., December 3 matinee at 2:00 p.m., December 11 matinee at 4:00 p.m. at the Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, 306 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge.
Why Go: See Petite Opera's production of the Gian Carlo Menotti opera about the Three Kings, who follow the star to Bethlehem and stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor shepherd boy who lives with his mother. Amahl and his mother are touched by the wonders of the Christ child, and a miracle occurs.
Pricing: $25 for adults (ages 18-61), $22 for seniors (age 62 and up), $15 for students (ages 6-18), kids ages 5 and under are free.
When/Where: Saturday, December 3, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church; 260 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge.
Why Go: Walk through St. Andrews Church, which has been transformed into the streets and hills of Bethlehem. Along the walk you can interact with characters dressed in costumes from the Christmas Story. See live animals, and enjoy refreshments and music once you have arrived in Bethlehem.
Breakfast With Santa
When/Where: Saturday, December 17 in three sessions: 8:30-9:30 a.m., 10:00-11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Howard Leisure Center; 6676 W. Howard Street, Niles.
Why Go: Join Santa at the Howard Leisure Center to take pictures, visit, and enjoy a breakfast buffet.
Pricing: Children: Residents $8, Non-Residents $10. Adults $8
Chicago Chamber Choir At Niles Library
When/Where: Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Why Go: Enjoy the choir's seasonal music, as well as refreshments at the Niles Library's Holiday Open House. Kids 3 to 7 can also enjoy a winter storytime.
Pricing: Free, but register in advance at nileslibrary.org