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Santa photos

Santa Claus is coming to Orland Square, 151st Street and LaGrange Road, Orland Park,  through Dec. 24. Reserve your spot for a photo with the Jolly Old Elf at www.simon.com/mall/orland-square/stores/santa-photo-experience

Lighting of the Green

Frankfort celebrates the Lighting of the Green at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Breidert Green, Kansas and White Streets. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand. The Hickory Creek Middle School Choir and the Black Willow Brass Quintet will perform and hot chocolate will be provided. www.frankfortil.org 

Virtual birding

Birding in the preserves doesn't take a break for winter with this Zoom webinar at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Learn about birds and birding from home on this virtual hike through a select preserve. Learn how to ID birds and how to contribute to citizen science by recording what you saw. Register for this free Forest Preserve District of Will County program open to all ages at ReconnectWithNature.org.

Luminary Walk

Visit the Old Orland District for the holidays from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Orland Park History Museum and Stellwagen Farm, 14415 Beacon Ave., Orland Park. Carolers will be on hand during guided tours of the Humphrey House and a holiday presentation with mulled wine at the Museum. Walk the luminary path down Beacon Avenue, visit the local antique shops and stop at Peace Marketplace for more holiday fun. Music will be presented by the Southwest Community Concert Band Flute Ensemble. Fee is $15 members and $20 for non-members. www.orlandpark.org

Holiday Happening

It’s a Holiday Happening Dec. 3-5 at the Oak Park Avenue Metra station, 17375 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park. Enjoy music, food and beverages and shop in a heated tent. Santa will be there for photos. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 5. www.tinleypark.org

'Scrooge and Marley'

Lockport's Limestone Stage Community Theatre presents six performances of "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley." Scrooge and Marley is a slightly darker version of the classic tale of a change of heart. Shows are at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Lockport Township Center,1463 S. Farrell Road, Lockport. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors and children. Masks will be required for all patrons. Buy tickets at limestonestage.ticketleap.com/christmascarol. For more information email Limestonestage@gmail.com or call the box office at 815-905-2789. /

Walk it off

Celebrate the end of the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Woods Walk 9-11 a.m. Dec. 4 at Hickory Creek Junction, in Mokena. Enjoy doughnuts and drinks and meet fellow Woods Walk enthusiasts. Attendees will also share their hiking experiences and learn more about this annual program. All are welcome to this free drop-in program open to those of all ages. ReconnectWithNature.org

Bridge hike

The Forest Preserve District of Will County hosts Soup-er Chili – Hike to the Bridge from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hickory Creek Junction, Mokena. Bring your favorite mug and a can of soup or chili. The food will simmer on an open flame as the group hikes to the bridge. Once back, enjoy a piping hot mug of stick-to-your-ribs comfort food and a campfire. Register for the free program open to those 10 and older at 708-946-2216 or ReconnectWithNature.org

Gingerbread houses

Join the Tinley Park-Park District from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 4 to build gingerbread houses at Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. A trained gingerbread house builder will guide families in creating the perfect festive treat. Fee is $45 of residents and $60 for nonresidents. Visit tpdistrict.org.   

Christmas concert

Lincoln-Way Area Chorale will present its “Coming Back To Christmas,” concert at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. This year’s concert, under the direction of Elisé L. Greene, also will feature The Black Willow Brass Quintet. Tickets are limited and cost $18 for adults and $16 for students/seniors. Visit lwac.com.

Addiction support

The HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) hosts its weekly open meetings for addiction support from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and every Tuesday at  Lincolnway Christian Church 690 E. Illinois Hwy., New Lenox. Call 708-557-8394.

Bingo with Santa

Orland Township is hosting Bingo With Santa at 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 14459 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Tickets, which includes admission; game access; and a dinner of pizza, salad and pop, are $20 for adults, $15 for kids and free for those younger than 3. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Buy tickets at orlandtownship.org, starting Nov. 25.

Rudolph Dash 

Rudolph Dash is set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Kids 4-10 will warm up with fun fitness activities then head to the indoor track for the dash. A special guest will greet them at the finish line. Frozen hot chocolate, cookies and crafts also will be available. Parents are welcome too. Fee is $15 for residents and $20 for nonresidents. Visit tpdistrict.org.

'The Hobbit'

Children’s Theater presents “The Hobbit” Dec. 10-12 at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center, 16801 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. Follow Bilbo Baggins in this rousing adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain. Performances are at 6 p.m. Dec. 10, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets cost $8. Visit tpdistrict.org

'Back to the '80s'

Teen Theater presents “Back to the ‘80s” Dec. 10-12 at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center, 16801 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. An eccentric professor sends Mary Fitzfry back to the 1980s, where she finds herself trying to dig out of the pop culture and a bit of trouble. Performances are at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets cost $8. Visit tpdistrict.org.

Paws with Claus

Bring your friendly family pet and your camera for a holiday photo opportunity with Santa Claus from 1:15-2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort. Bring a pet item to be donated to a local shelter. No registration is required, but pets must be leashed. Fee is $2. Visit www.frankfortparks.org.

Reindeer on the Green

Have a close encounter with two Alaskan reindeer from noon-2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Breidert Green, Kansas and White Streets, Frankfort. Enjoy free cookies, hot cocoa, live music and craft table for kids. Visit www.frankfortil.org.

Ugly sweater fest

If you're 21 and older and love holiday camp, join the Ugly Sweater Campfire from 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, in Mokena. Don your gaudiest, funkiest or most creative ugly sweater and enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate and fun games around the campfire. Bring a chair and your own beer or wine for this. Register by Dec. 9 at ReconnectWithNature.org or 815-727-8700.

Living history

Have an encounter with history at noon-3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Experience 18th Century French life with the Forest Preserve District of Will County Encounters may include cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen sharing their talents. The  free program open to all ages will showcase 18th Century French Christmas traditions. ReconnectWithNature.org

Senior Lunch Bunch

The Mokena Park District is hosting a Senior Lunch Bunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 LaPorte Road, Mokena. Those 55 and older are invited to enjoy a buffet lunch, Bingo and socializing. Fees of $10 for residents and $12 for nonresidents include lunch, drinks, dessert and Bingo cards. Register by Dec. 8 at 708-390-2401 or www.mokenapark.com.

Snow business

The Forest preserve District of Will County is hosting a Zoom webinar that will explore all things snow at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. How does it form? Why are there different kinds? What is the science behind the shapes of individual snowflakes? Register for the free program open to all ages at ReconnectWithNature.org

History at home

The Forest Preserve District of Will County hosts a Zoom webinar on Christmas at Joliet Iron Works from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 16, Virtually explore the Iron Works Historic Site and learn how the company and workers celebrated Christmas in the 1920s. Register for the free program open to those 16 or older at ReconnectWithNature.org.

Things to do coyotes

Learn all about coyotes, and how to co-exist with them in a Dec. 16 Zoom webinar. 

Wily coyotes

Learn about the Cunning and Crafty Coyote in a Forest Preserve District of Will County Zoom webinar at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Coyotes are Illinois’ largest predator and one of the most vocal mammals. Discover how they have learned to be successful just about everywhere, including rural, suburban and urban areas. Explore what makes these animals so interesting and how to live among them as their neighbors. Register for the free program open to all ages at ReconnectWithNature.org.

'Beyond the Nutcracker'

Ballet 5:8 performs "Beyond The Nutcracker," its annual interpretation of the Tchaikovsky classic, Dec. 17-19 at Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 Gougar Road, New Lenox. The production, set in World War II, includes audience engagement. Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 3 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. Visit www.ballet58.org or call 312-725-4752.

'A Christmas Carol, the Musical'

Orland Park Theatre Troupe Presents “A Christmas Carol, The Musical” Dec. 17-19 at the Orland Park Cultural Center, 14760 Park Lane, Orland Park. Show times re 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. Buy tickets at www.orlandpark.org.

Summer in December

Grab your Hawaiian shirt and beach bag for Summer in December 6-8 p.m. p.m. Dec. 18 at Tinley Fitness Pool, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Registration is required for the family and friends event. Fee is $8 for nonresidents. Visit tpdistrict.org.

Holiday improv

Take a break from holiday preparations with a little comedy improv. Hooked on the Holidays will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Tinley Park Performing Arts Center, 16801 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets are $9. www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/location/tinley-park-performing-arts-center/

Solstice time

Celebrate the Winter Solstice from 6-7:30 p.m.  Dec. 21 at Isle a la Cache Museum. Cozy up around the bonfire with hot cider while learning how people through the ages partied, feasted and honored their way through the season. Learn how science explains the solstice. Chat or take an optional short hike around the island. Meet at the amphitheater. Register for the program that is free all ages by Dec. 19 at ReconnectWithNature.org or 815-886-1467.

Children's New Year's bash

Skate your way into 2022 at a Chilcren’s New Year’s celebration 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Centennial Park Ice Rink, 15600 West Ave., Orland Park. There will be a DJ, refreshments, party favors and a big countdown. Registration, which includes skates, required for children and adults. Open to those 3 and older. Fee is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Visit www.orlandpark.org.

New Year's countdown

Kids age 4-10 are invited to countdown to 2022 from 11 a.n.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort. There will be dancing, party games, a giant inflatable, crafts and ice cream leading up to a countdown and balloon drop at noon. Fee is $ 9 for residents and $14 for nonresidents. Registration deadline is Dec. 27. Visit www.frankfortparks.org/special-events.

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