Mary Poppins, Nov. 26-Jan. 4, 2015, Paramount Theatre, 23. E. Galena Blvd., Aurora.  Poppins is the story that every family can relate to. In the end, it takes a stranger with a distant demeanor, and some pretty cool skills, to remind everyone that the most important things in the world are family and love.  Information:


Community Dinner, Nov. 27, First United Methodist Church, Elgin, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A free meal for the community.


Holiday Homecoming and Electric Parade, Nov. 28-29, downtown St. Charles. Holiday tree lighting on Friday and a spectacular, fully illuminated parade down Main Street on Saturday.  Information:


Geneva Christmas House Tour, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Five charming homes, aglow with holiday decorations, will open their doors to visitors. The personality of each home will illuminate when local decorators and landscapers work with homeowners to create holiday magic. A Holiday Tea held at the Congregational Church in Geneva is included in the $30 price of the ticket.   Tickets are now available. More information or (630) 232-6060.


Reduced Shakespeare Company, The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), Dec. 6, 8 p.m, Ramsey Auditorium, Fermilab, Batavia. Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything. But there’s a problem – none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived, so the three members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves. Tickets: $30/$15 for ages 18 and under. Information: (630) 840-2787. On-line ticketing :


Steeple Walk, Dec. 7, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Geneva.  The holiday tradition will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Two audience groups will attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St.; and Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third St. Following the performances, the groups will switch venues to enjoy the other concerts at both the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St.; and First Church of Christ, Scientist, 111 S. Second St. Tickets: $12 and  are available for purchase on the City’s website. Tickets also are on sale at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 S. Third St.; Circa, 123 S. Third St.; or any of the participating churches. More information:


Cup of Cheer, Dec. 4-5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Naperville Garden Club’s 54th annual house walk, holiday market and tea will once again tour four Naperville homes decorated for the season. Thursday tours run from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. For more information, visit


Merry Tuba Christmas, Dec. 6, 11:15 a.m., U.S. Bank, 136 S. Washington St., and at 12:45 p.m. at the Westfield Fox Valley shopping center, 195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora. For more information, call (630) 778-9994 or visit Naperville celebrates  the 40th anniversary of Merry Tuba Christmas.


Maud Powell/EYSO Sunday Concert, Dec. 7, 2 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, Carnegie Meeting Room. Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Maud Powell String Quartet is the premiere string ensemble of the EYSO Chamber Music Institute. Drop In. Free.


Oswego Christmas Walk, Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oswego. A  tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m., visit with Santa from 5:30  to 8 p.m. while at 7 p.m., the Silent, Illuminated Fire Truck parade will make its way down Main Street. Fire trucks from Oswego and other local fire departments will participate. Other activities throughout the night include Toyland Train rides, the Sledding Hill (giant slide),  ice skating rink, ice carving demonstrations, strolling carolers and characters, holiday music, kids crafts and games, food vendors and shopping opportunities downtown. Stop at the Little White School museum, hosted by the Oswegoland Park District, to enjoy crafts, music, and treats. Other activites on Dec. 8-9. Information: or call  (630) 554-3618.


Traveling Storytime, Dec. 8, 10 a.m., Panera Bread, 740 N. Route 59, Aurora. Join Mz. Ginger from the Bookmobile for stories, cookies, and milk. Registration and more information: