The View from 101 York – December 2013

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

The holidays are a magical time of fun, family activities. Here are 8 holiday events you won’t want to miss.

Running Through the End of the Year.

Tree House Tales Exhibition” at The Morton Arboretum

Take your children, ages 2 to 10, through 6 fun-filled educational tree houses that tell the story of each tree. The exhibit is located in the South China collection along Loop 1, approximately a four block walk from the Visitor’s Center. The event is closed November 28, December 2, 9, 16, 24, and 25.

December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting at Wilder Park

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Elmhurst’s Wilder Park. Community groups and individuals have been working hard to create a wonderland of holiday trees which will all come to life on December 5 at 6pm. Stay afterward to enjoy treats, entertainment and to welcome a special visitor from the North Pole.

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December 6

Lessons and Carols” at Elmhurst College

Make this event an annual tradition as vocal ensembles from Elmhurst College present readings and a selection of holiday music in the beautifully decorated Hammerschmidt Chapel on the Elmhurst College campus. Concert times are 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

December 7

Create a Gem Tree at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
Lapidaries Bill and Lois Zima of the DesPlaines Valley Geological Society will teach participants how to create a small tree using gemstones and wire. Give someone you love a truly memorable gift that will live from year to year. All materials are included. Participation is $25 per person, or $20 for each museum member. Call (630) 833-1616 for reservations.

December 7

Jingle Bell Jubilee” at Lombard Town Centre
Reserve a day to enjoy the season at Lombard Town Centre’s Jingle Bell Jubilee! Delight in beautiful Nutcracker Ballet scenes recreated by live student dancers in historic shop windows. Take a Victorian Cottage Museum Christmas tour and listen to The Western Lights Barbershop Group as they fill the air with lovely holiday songs outside of KinderCare. Or make your own music at the Main Street Chapel Sing-a-long. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or have your picture taken with Jingles the reindeer. Watch for Santa Claus’ arrival and thrill to the official lighting of the village Christmas tree at Main and St. Charles Road. Stroll through seven acres of historic Lilacia Park lit with holiday decorations at Lombard Park District’s Holiday Walk.

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December 9

Victorian Christmas at Glendale Heights Historic House

Glendale Heights Historic House takes us back 100 years to experience a Victorian-period Christmas. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served and children can make a Victorian-period craft to help them remember their visit. Visit the Historic House at 311 Windy Point Drive in Glendale Heights between 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm.

December 14 and 15

Live Nativity Scene at The First Baptist Church of Oak Park

You will be enchanted with this live outdoor nativity scene featuring real animals and costumed actors. Francis of Assisi was the first to recreate the story of the first Christmas in this way, in order to spread the good news of Christ’s birth to the poor and illiterate. Ever since, all types of people have been drawn by its simplicity and beauty. The First Baptist Church of Oak Park, located at 820 Ontario Street in Oak Park, is hosting the event on December 14th and 15th between  6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

December 31

Build It Big Bubble Bash 2013 at the DuPage Children’s Museum

Build It Big Bubble Bash once again gives the year a happy farewell at DuPage Children’s Museum New Years Eve Celebration. With three floors of bubble fun, this year’s event will have kid-focused musical performances from a Chicago-area favorite, Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies. The final thrill will be an exciting countdown to noon.

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There’s always something fun and interesting to do in the Elmhurst area. Contact your LW Reedy agent to learn more about the Elmhurst community.

Share Your News!

Have some events you’d like listed in next month’s View from 101 York? Contact debcasey@mac.com with details.

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