Thursday, Dec. 18: Carolers from Julian Middle School will be in the Oak Park Arts District for a seasonal celebration on a weeknight. From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, you’ll hear holiday favorites sung by young voices directed by Andrew Seymour. The Buzz will have a themed dinner special. 905 S. Lombard, 660-0894.
Friday, Dec. 19: In the ballroom of the Oak Park Arms, there will be a free holiday variety show featuring music by Ivory Song, the local duo of violinist Michel Domingue and pianist Bong Peñera. Expect chestnuts from a mix of styles and cultures. Domingue and Peñera are as comfortable with Brazilian and French music as they are with classical and jazz. At 7:30 p.m. 408 S. Oak Park Ave., 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com
Saturday, Dec. 20: When someone from the national tour of Hairspray hosts a holiday show as his alter ego Aunt Lola Cabana, you know showtunes and lots of fun will be spiking a traditional holiday show. On Saturday night, Village Players Performing Arts Center will be the destination for spirited local favorites as Dale Calandra hosts We Need A Little Christmas. Starting at 8 p.m., Aunt Lola will be entertaining Chicago jazz singer Denny Englemen as well as Village Players favorites Laurie Marchese, Tim Grover, Guy Klinzing and Chuck Sisson (all from The Full Monty), Georg Coleman (Damn Yankees), Liz Johnson (The Medium at Large), Jack Crowe (Chad Morton’s TV Christmas Miracle) and music director Kevin Zehme (a frequent pianist at the Swiss and Drake hotels). $20-$25. Reserve seats at www.village-players.org or by calling 866-764-1010. In the center’s Mainstage Theater, 1010 W. Madison, Oak Park.
Saturday, Dec. 20: If you missed giving your child a holiday look at local history, you’ve got one more chance this weekend. Every half hour from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, specially trained fifth to 10th graders will be giving free tours of the Christmas decorations in the Frank Lloyd Wright Home. The junior interpreters, as they’re known, will pay particular attention to the playroom as they cover the 100-plus-year-old decorations and the family celebrations that took place around them. The Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio is at 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. www.gowright.org, 848-1976