Maybe begin with the annual “Holiday Housewalk & Market” sponsored by the Infant Welfare Society.  Tour some of the area’s most beautiful homes in their holiday decor.  See them on Friday, 12/2 from 5 – 9pm & on Saturday, 12/2 from 1 – 5pm.  Don’t forget the “Holiday Market”.  Tickets at 708-848-0528.

Looking for more holiday decor and spirit, then stroll through Forest Park all along Madison St. between Harlem & Des Plaines Avenues for the “Holiday Walk and Festival of Windows”.  It begins Friday night, 12/2.  Free photos with Santa on Saturday, 12/3 from 11:30 – 1pm. Music, food, shopping, and more.  Visit for details.

The beautiful village of Riverside invites you to its “Holiday Stroll” in its historic downtown. Santa arrives on Friday 12/2 at around 5pm.  Wonderful shops, music, carols, and more for your enjoyment.  708-447-2946 for more info.

In Oak Park, come to “North Pole in Southtown”.  That’s on South Oak Park Avenue between Lexington and Van Buren.  Music, food, shopping, Santa, and The Animal Care League is throwing its “Holiday Bizarre”.  The fun begins on Saturday, 12/3 from 10 – 3pm.  Oak Park also has “Winterfest” happening all along Marion Street by Lake St.  Kids’ activities, food, carols, and more.  See for the schedule. 

If you want a holiday play to get you in the mood, you have many choices this weekend.   Friday through Sunday, “A Christmas Carol” is at the Open Door Rep Company in Oak Park, visit for tickets and times.  On these same days, the 19th Century Club is the venue for “Babes in Toyland”.  Get details at .Saturday through Sunday, see “The Gift of the Magi” from the Theatre for Young Audiences, performed at Dominican University.   Visit or get tickets at the door of Martin Hall, 7900 Division in River Forest.  Also playing Saturday and Sunday, it’s “Midwinter’s Tales” as a benefit for the Oak Park Festival Theatre and the Oak Park Walk-In Ministry at Unity Temple. Tickets at 708-445-4440 or go to for details.  

How about music?  “The Canadian Brass” performs at Dominican on Sa, 12/3 at 7:30pm.  See website for ticket info for this world-famous group.    

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Maria Murzyn

Maria is no stranger when it comes to finding frugal ways to spend the weekend. She's a cofounder of, a website dedicated to sniffing out local and inexpensive ways to improve...