First Baptist Church of Oak Park's live nativity, Journey to Bethlehem, is a truly magical telling of the nativity story.

First Baptist Church of Oak Park’s Journey to Bethlehem
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
In its 19th year performance, Journey to Bethlehem is a truly magical telling of the nativity story. The live outdoor performance, presented in five scenes, features a rotating cast of 80 performers and live animals including a Bactrian camel (two humps). Performers pantomime scenes including the angel Gabriel visiting Mary, the wise men at Herod’s throne room, and the stable scene. The performances take place on the front lawn of First Baptist Church of Oak Park, 820 Ontario St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to keep this event an ongoing ‘Christmas gift to the community.’ Click here for more information about Journey to Bethlehem.

The Oak Park Arts District’s Holiday Lights
Friday, Dec. 10, 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 11, Noon to 8 p.m.
Luminaries light the way down Harrison Street, between Ridgeland and Austin, during the Oak Park Arts District Holiday Lights festival. The area’s galleries, shops and restaurants will each offer a bit of holiday cheer with crafts, exhibitions and live entertainment. There’s even an opportunity to turn that tacky holiday sweater your Aunt Margie made into a lovely holiday decoration — just tell her it shrunk in the wash. For more information and a list of events, visit

Vintage Village Fayre on The Avenue
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 and 12
The Avenue’s Vintage Village Fayre hosts all of the holiday traditions you’d expect in our historic village. On Friday at 7 p.m. in front of Scoville Square, 137 N. Oak Park Ave., Santa arrives on a horse-drawn carriage to light the holiday tree and then leads in singing carols with the OPRF High School Chorus. Hot Cocoa for Charity, also in font of Scoville Square on Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m., will keep you toasty as you stroll from shop to shop. Several stores are offering discounts with the donation of two canned goods. Remember to take advantage of the free parking on Saturday in village garages through Christmas. Click here for more information on The Avenue Business Association’s Facebook page.

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Evan O'Brien is the content manager of Soon after Evan was born in Chicago, his family moved to Oak Park for the same reason that attracts people to the "World's Largest Village" today: the...