As the holidays grow near, Naperville’s diverse, growing community showcases a variety of holiday activities for all to enjoy. One of the most popular events, the Christkindl market, runs through December 23rd at Naper Settlement, located at 523 S Webster St. The market, which is an offshoot of the larger Chicago version, is an opportunity to buy traditional German crafts and gifts, and enjoy several specialty food items, like Kringle and cider. The “Naper Lights” showcase is also on the premises, where guests can walk through and enjoy the light displays.
If a heated, indoors experience is more desired, the Naperville trolley light tours are a great option for any age, and is accomodating for large groups as well. There are several options for the tours, including one that features all of the best home light displays in the south Naperville area. The tour picks up and drops off at Aurelio’s Pizza, located at 1975 Springbrook Square Dr, and runs through the week of Christmas.
On December 16th, the Dupage Symphony Orchestra will perform at Wentz Concert Hall in downtown Naperville with their “Joy To The Holidays” performance. Tickets range from $8 to $18, and the symphony will perform a variety of classical and contemporary pieces.
For post-Christmas festivities, many area restaurants offer special menus and prix fixe options for celebrating New Year’s Eve. For restaurants like Hugo’s Frog Bar, Sullivan’s, and Catch 35, while more pricier than a typical night out, these options will leave any guest satisfied as they are wined and dined while enjoying the fireworks displays from Chicago or watching from TV in New York.
Kwanzaa is also celebrated in the days following Christmas, and the African American Men Of Unity has their annual Kwanzaa celebration, located at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora on December 26th (150 W Illinois Ave, Aurora, IL 60506). The celebration features musical performances, dances, food, and storytelling.
Story by Madeline James