McHenry County Events

Chronicle Media staff


Enjoy Ed Hall’s Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock. This annual holiday tradition features entertaining arrangements on guitar as well as popular holiday favorites.

December 22 

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party 

4-5 p.m. 

Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley 


Wear your ugliest holiday sweater — or bring an old sweater to transform — and participate in some winter fun and games in this teen event (grades 6-12). Registration is required, and ends Dec. 20. To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 669-5386 or visit


December 22 

Critique: Algonquin Area Writers Group 

6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Algonquin Area Library District Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin 


Join interesting and diverse local writers in this writing critique group, led by moderator Brad Mathis. Beginners to advanced writers are welcome: no need to bring a writing piece on your first visit. For more information, call (847) 458-6060 or visit


December 23 

Tot Club 

1 p.m. 

Marengo-Union Library District, 19714 E. Grant Highway, Marengo 


Toddlers (ages 2-5) are invited to attend this session of Tot Club to enjoy stories, crafts and other age-appropriate activities. To register, and for more information, call (815) 568-8236 or visit


December 23 

Ed Hall’s Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night 

8 p.m. 

Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock 


Enjoy this annual holiday tradition, featuring entertaining arrangements on guitar as well as popular holiday favorites performed by five internationally acclaimed musicians: Jeff Friedlander, Helen Avakian, Brother Yusef and the father/son duo of Tim & Myles Thompson. To purchase tickets, and for more information, call the box office at (815) 338-5300 or visit


December 23 

Kids’ No School Movie 

1 p.m. 

Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg 


Kids can enjoy a showing of the PG-rated Disney film, “Pete’s Dragon,” on the library’s large screen. Free movie treats will be provided for all. Advance registration is required. To sign up, and for more information, call (815) 344-0077 or visit


December 28 

Arctic Adventures 

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake 

$10 (residents), $13 (non-residents) 

Kids (ages 8-11) can spend time — both indoors and outdoors — participating in nature-based activities, making crafts, and exploring the woods and prairie in this McHenry County Conservation District program. Bring a lunch, and dress for the weather. To register, and for more information, call (815) 479-5779 or visit


December 28 

Teen Movie Night 

6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St., Woodstock 


Teens (grades 6-12) can join with friends to vote on a movie to watch from the library’s collection, and then kick back on beanbag chairs, eat some popcorn and enjoy the film. For more information, call (815) 338-0542 or visit


December 28 

Senior Serenity Wednesday 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Village Hall Board Room, 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills 


Seniors can gather with friends to relax and enjoy board games, cards, Bingo, Bunco and more. In addition, computers are available to check emails or become familiar with the internet. Feel free to bring a lunch or some snacks to share. No registration is required. For more information, call (847) 960-7460 or visit


December 29 

Noon Year’s Eve Party 

10 a.m. to noon 

Grand Oaks Recreation Center, 1401 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake 


Enjoy a breakfast brunch catered by Colonial Café and entertainment by Larry Breidenbach in this Crystal Lake Park District event. Bring a $5 wrapped gift if you choose to participate in the gift exchange. For more information, contact Jennifer Peterson at (815) 459-0680 or via email at — or visit


December 30 

Close To You: The Music of the Carpenters  

7 p.m. 

Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake 


See Close To You, a six-piece Carpenters tribute band, in concert. The show will include holiday classics alongside hit songs from The Carpenters’ chart-topping catalog. For tickets, and more information, call (815) 356-9212 or visit