DeKalb Holiday Pops Concert: Winter Wonderland
NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building, NIU campus DeKalb
$16 for adults; $11 for senior citizens 62 and older; $6 for students with ID and children under 12
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Celebration Chorale, will perform music of the holiday season. Many holiday favorites will be part of this traditional family concert. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before the concert. Seating is general admission.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb
$8 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and students
Released in 1946, the film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born.
Christmas in Kirkland
9- 11 a.m.
Alpine Bank, 306 W. Main St., Kirkland
Santa visits, horse-drawn wagon rides, music and refreshments are planned to bring the holiday spirit to Kirkland. Go to villageofkirkland.com for more information.
Beginner Skateboarding Lessons
Fargo Skateboarding, 629 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb
Every Saturday, Fargo Skateboarding offers a session for beginners only. For more information, visit fargoskateboarding.com or contact the shop at (815) 756-5555.
Dec. 10 and Dec. 11
“The Polar Express”
Sycamore Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore
“The Polar Express” is a movie about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Saturday Carriage Rides and Santa Visits in Dekalb
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy a complimentary, old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride. The rides will depart from Frontier Communications, 225 E. Locust St., and go through downtown DeKalb. Visits with Santa in his house in Van Buer Plaza. Both events will be offered Dec. 17. Visit downtowndekalb.org or call (815) 756-6306 for more information.
Sycamore/Rochelle Performing Arts Academy – Holiday Favorites
11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb
$19.50, children age 3 and under are admitted free
Watch beloved Christmas traditions and classic melodies come alive on the stage at the Performing Arts Academy’s winter production, “Holiday Favorites.” Students from the Elburn, Sycamore and Rochelle area will take the audiences on a holiday journey accompanied by exciting music from classic artists as well as modern hits. This production has creative choreography, colorful costumes and fun theatrical elements. Call (815) 758-1215.
Waterman 4th annual House Walk
Simply IRZSTBL, 200 W. Lincoln, Waterman for advance tickets
$12 in advance; $15 the day of the event
Five Waterman homes will be featured on the Waterman Christmas House Walk. Other holiday events are also planned including wagon rides in downtown Waterman and shopping and crafts at the Waterman Community Building. Call (815) 295-1091 for more information.
“A Nutcracker Fantasy”
Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich
$18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and children under 12
The Allegro Ballet of Oswego presents “A Nutcracker Fantasy.” It is the story of “The Nutcracker,” in which Clara and her family host the annual Christmas Eve party for all their friends and family but this year it was different. Clara’s mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer casts a spell over Clara so when she falls asleep exhausted from her celebrating, she dreams of the most magical place. Go to sandwichoperahouse.org for more information.