Do you live in a Chicago suburb and are looking for places to take your kids to do some fun Christmas things? I have some ideas:
BASS PRO SHOPS (Bolingbrook and Gurnee)
BOLINGBROOK PROMENADE (Bolingbrook)
Symphony in light shows every evening from 5-9pm until December 31st. Find more information on the Bolingbrook Promenade here.
BROOKFIELD ZOO (Brookfield)
Chicagoland’s largest light festival takes place at Brookfield Zoo. There are lots of lights, animated light displays, a laser light show, music and entertainment. Find out more information here.
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDENS (Glencoe)
Take a magical adventure to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden’s wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds through more than 80 miniature Chicago-area landmarks. In addition to the Wonderland Express exhibition there will be decorated trees, a gingerbread village display, and a wreath display and sale. Find out more information here.
MORTON ARBORETUM (Lisle)
A holiday favorite returns! The “Enchanted Railroad” rolls through with model trains of different colors and styles. One train even has a tiny camera on board so visitors can see what it would be like to ride along! Nine trains operate via remote-controlled interlocked signals, allowing them to cross tracks safely, and two trolleys that reverse direction automatically. Bring the kids and spend 30 minutes or more “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” at the toy trains. Find out more details here.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER (Schaumburg)
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago invites you to celebrate the season during Holly Jolly Holidays. Festive decorations will deck the halls of the Center throughout the month of December. Guests will also enjoy special seasonal games, group builds and plenty or LEGO-tastic holiday fun! Find out more information here.
CUNEO MANSION & GARDENS (Vernon Hills)
The Drive Thru Holiday Light Show presented by the Village of Vernon Hills in cooperation with the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens is held annually on the magnificent grounds of the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. The event opens Friday November 25, 2011 and runs thru December 31, 2011. Find out more information here.
COSLEY ZOO (Wheaton)
20,000 twinkling lights and spectacular displays transform Cosley Zoo into a fairy tale winter wonderland from Thanksgiving Friday through the end of December. The lights come on at 3p.m. and the zoo closes at 9p.m. Visit the animals and purchase your Christmas tree, wreath, and holiday gifts! FREE to the public! Find out more information here.