Festival of Lessons and Carols
4 p.m. and 7 p.m. concerts
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College,
190 S. Prospect, Elmhurst
Elmhurst College Festival of Lessons and Carols is an Elmhurst College tradition. Doors will open half an hour before each starting time. The festival, held since 1961, consists of nine scriptural readings that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah, interspersed with choral music. The Elmhurst College Concert Choir will perform.
The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Create an elegant evergreen swag, a versatile cluster of winter foliage that can be placed almost anywhere around the house this holiday season. Working under the guidance of skilled botanical arrangers, students will learn design principles and techniques to incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into graceful, professional-looking pieces. To register for the session, call 630-719-2468 or go to mortonarb.org.
Living Wheaton Christmas Festival
8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
The day kicks off with the Reindeer Run 5K sponsored by the Wheaton Lions Club and ends with a live DJ and complimentary hot cider and cocoa. Throughout the day, many activities will be offered, including carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations, carolers and visits with Santa. Complimentary holiday treats will be offered by participating stores throughout the day and they will remain open until 9 p.m. Be sure to enjoy s’mores on the patio at Ivy Restaurant,120 North Hale – a Downtown Wheaton tradition. For a full schedule of activities, go to downtownwheaton.com.
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
First Christian Church of Downers Grove, 801 63rd St Downers Grove
Fifteen vendors will sell their goods at the 6th annual Christmas Market hosted by Goats Gruff Handmade Stuff. Items for sale include painted pillows, sweater mittens, repurposed clothing, handmade nativities, beaded serving pieces and Christmas apparel. Hot cocoa and chili will be served.
Cantigny Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
Free with $5 parking fee
Visit the festive displays of crafters and artists offering one-of-a-kind items for holiday gift giving. Visitors to the show are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots drop boxes, which will be inside the Visitors Center. Those bringing a toy will receive free parking. The last three hours of the marketplace will coincide with Cantigny’s Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival.
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst
$12 adults, $10 senior citizens, free for students
Architect Robert Kleinschmidt will give a curator talk about the McCormick House interior, current exhibition and other projects by Mies van der Rohe. For more information, go to elmhurstartmuseum.org or call 630-834-0202.
The Making of a Holiday Classic
Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
$5, free for museum members
Did you know Cary Grant was supposed to star in “It’s a Wonderful Life?” That the gym-floor-turned-swimming-pool was real? That the movie bombed at the box office? Historian Leslie Goddard will talk about these and other interesting fact about the making of the movie. She will share rare behind-the-scenes photographs and talk about how the script evolved, the cast was chosen and technical challenges were overcome.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Naperville Yellow Box, 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville
Dealer Inspire’s 2nd annual REFUEL is a one-day event that is designing to bring the community together to unplug, gain new perspectives, get healthier and be inspired by speakers and coaches. The goal of the day is to set participants on their path for 2019. Proceeds from ticket sales go to Loaves and Fishes to help end hunger and transform lives of local families. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com
–DuPage County Calendar of Events Dec. 28 – Dec. 4–