As if things aren’t festive enough around here, I’ve got some Christmas-inspired activities for you guys to check out this weekend.
Oh–and you can sing.
SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC
November 28, 2014 – December 7, 2014
For nearly a decade, Thanksgiving has been celebrated at the Music Box Theatre with the Von Trapp Family Players and The Sound of Music. This annual event has grown now to two weekends, with thousands of people joining in on the fun. This fun-filled tradition includes a screening of the classic Julie Andrews musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! The fun actually starts before the film, with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host and Music Box Theatre’s house organist on the famous Music Box organ. Every member of the audience receives a complimentary Magic Moments Pack, containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. Then of course there is the famous Costume Contest, in which everyone who has come in costume (and there are many!) is invited onto the stage to show off their tailoring skills. After a winner is chosen by the audience, it’s time to sing-a-long with The Sound of Music! Hours December 6: 11:30 a.m. December 7: 11:30 a.m. Advance Tickets $12.50 Day Of Tickets $14 Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/sound-of-music-sing-a-long-2014
ZOOLIGHTS – WEEKENDS ONLY
November 28, 2014 – December 7, 2014
ZooLights is a spectacular holiday celebration that transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a winter wonderland. This free event illuminates the sky with more than two million lights, including larger-than-life lighted animal and seasonal features, holiday crafts and activities and, of course, sweet treats. Be sure to swing by the Helen Brach Primate House for a visit with Santa Claus as well. Take a ride on the brand new Lionel Train Adventure through the snowy birch forest and craggy canyon. Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo returns this holiday season. Skate past ponies and glide next to goats at the rink at Farm-in-the-Zoo. Warm winter drinks and snacks are available for purchase as well. Friday – Sunday: 5-9 p.m. Ice Skating – times vary Admission Free Ice Skate Entry $5 Ice Skate Rental $5 Lincoln Park Zoo Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway Chicago, IL 60614 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/zoolights
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
December 6, 2014 – December 21, 2014
Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet during Brookfield Zoo’s annual Breakfast with Santa. Youngsters will have the opportunity to share their wish lists with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be on hand along with some of the zoo’s costumed characters. The breakfast will be held in the zoo’s Discovery Center. Saturdays & Sundays: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Adult $40.95 Child (3-11) $28.95 Children 2 and under Free Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society 31st Street and First Avenue Brookfield, IL 60513 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/CZS/Brookfield/Events/Breakfast-with-Santa
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND SUE
December 6, 2014 – December 20, 2014
Add some history to your family traditions and celebrate the holidays at The Field Museum! Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the historic Stanley Field Hall. After breakfast, you’ll get to share all of your holiday wishes when you take your picture with Santa and SUE. Saturdays Three seatings are available: 8 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.; 9 a.m. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 312-665-7705 between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Your tickets also include general admission to the Museum following the event. Adult $40 Child (ages 2-11) $28 The Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/calendar
GLITTER & GOLD HOLIDAY BRUNCH
December 6, 2014
Gather with family and friends for the first holiday brunch in the Museum’s historic Ballroom. A Prosecco toast sets the stage for a festive buffet prepared by Jordan’s Food of Distinction. Pianist James Cebastian and the Festive Singers will entice you to sing along as they perform your favorite carols (and take requests!). In the spirit of the season, tables will be shared. Hours: 11 a.m. Driehaus Museum 40 E. Erie Street Chicago, IL 60611 Adults $85 Youth (6-18) $45 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.driehausmuseum.org/programs/view/glitter_gold_holiday_brunch
HOLIDAY TREASURE HUNT AND TEA PARTY
December 7, 2014
Get ready for an amazing journey through your imagination as the Art Institute of Chicago embarks on a celebration of the seasons! Visit all four stops on this year’s Treasure Hunt to complete your activity book with fun stamps and colorful stickers. Visit the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center, located in the Art Institute’s spectacular Modern Wing. Then join Artie the Lion and all of his friends for a festive holiday tea party! Hours 10:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 Tickets $35 Children (ages 2+) $15 Children under 2 Free FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.artic.edu/event/32nd-annual-treasure-hunt-and-tea-party-everything-tells-story
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!
December 6, 2014
A tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, with a night of movie, performances, live music, dancing, big production, light show, and just good family entertainment. Portage Theater brings you a Las Vegas style show to Chicago! Hours: 7 p.m. Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 Tickets Start at $15 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.theportagetheater.com/event/631779-happy-birthday-michael-chicago/
Thanks to Choose Chicago for the events!
These are just some of my personal picks. LIKE ME. DO IT.