"ILLUMINATION – TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM": Through Jan. 5, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Information: Timed tickets available at www.mortonarb.org.
GINGERBREAD FESTIVAL: Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, downtown Downers Grove. Information: www.downtowndg.org, 630-725-0991.
WAYNE HOUSE TOUR DEPARTING GENEVA BY SHUTTLE BUS: Nov. 29 and 30, starting at owner's business, SG Geneva/Scentimental Gardens, 428 W. State St., Geneva. The Holiday Home Tour is at Debra Phillips’ 1850s residence in Wayne. The tours will continue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Cost: $20. Information: Reservations for the tour can be made at 630-232-1303 or at the shop; scentimentalgardens.com.
DRURY LANE PRESENTS "MARY POPPINS": Most Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 19, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences will stage Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. Information: drurylanetheatre.com, 630-530-0111.
GUITAR AND HARP-GUITAR GREAT MURIEL ANDERSON IS JOINED IN HER HOMETOWN CONCERT BY THOM BRESH: 8 p.m., Downers Grove North High School Auditorium, 4436 N. Main St. Cost: $22 in advance for adults, $25 at the door; $15 in advance or $17 for students through high school and seniors. Information: Tickets at Anderson’s Bookshops, Tobias Music and murielanderson.com/product/concerttickets/dg; murielanderson.com/dg.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST BY GLEN ELLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Return a completed entry form to email@example.com. For complete rules, email gehs.org or pick up a copy at the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Information: 630-469-1867.
CANTIGNY PART OF “MUSEUM STORE SUNDAY”: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. For the worldwide shopping event, the store offers discounts, free gifts and raffles. The campaign is sponsored by the Museum Store Association, representing 1,200 stores including the Cantigny Shop and its companion, the First Division Museum Outpost. Cantigny’s regular $5 parking fee will be waived for those who mention "Museum Store Sunday" at the entry gate. Information: www.museumstoresunday.org, www.cantigny.org.
CP RAIL HOLIDAY TRAIN: 3 p.m., corner of South York Road and Railroad Avenue, Bensenville. The Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train returns to raise awareness of hunger issues in the U.S. and Canada. The Holiday Train is nearly 1,000 feet long with 14 rail cars, each decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights and holiday designs. The musical entertainment will feature Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott. Audience members are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Bensenville-Wood Dale Food Pantry. Cost: Free admission. Information: bensenville.il.us/calendar.aspx?PREVIEW=YES&EID=5138; www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states.
HOLIDAY PROGRAM BY DUPAGE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $7. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.
BATTLE OF THE BULGE REMEMBERED: Events underway, First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The museum commemorates the 75th anniversary of the World War II battle with special exhibits, lectures and book signings. Author and award-winning filmmaker Rick Beyer discusses “The Ghost Army of World War II,” his book about the top-secret Army unit that employed battlefield trickery to fool the enemy and gain strategic advantage, at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Through the nonprofit Wreaths Across America, the museum will sponsor more than 200 wreaths to be placed on the overseas graves of 1st Infantry Division soldiers killed at the Battle of the Bulge or thereafter in the waning months of the war. The First Division Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Cost: $5 per car parking fee. Information: www.fdmuseum.org
GLEN ELLYN WOMAN'S CLUB CELEBRATING 125TH HOLIDAY FESTIVAL: 11:30 a.m., Glen Oak Country Club, 21 W. 451 Hill Ave., Glen Ellyn. The event includes a luncheon, silent auction and performance by the Glenbard West High School Madrigal Singers. Proceeds fund scholarships. Tickets: $50. Information: 630-469-6372.
DECK YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE GREENHOUSE: 1 to 5 p.m Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4, COD campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The College of DuPage Horticulture program will host a poinsettia and houseplant sale at the COD Greenhouse located west of the Technical Education Center on campus. Information: cod.edu.
BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710, www.post80.org.
"WRIGHT BROTHERS, WRONG STORY" – A BOOK TALK WITH AUTHOR WILLIAM HAZELGROVE: 7 p.m., West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St. The author and historian will talk about his book and delve into the history of aviation in America after the Wright Brothers' invention. Information: Registration details at 630-231-1552, ext. 122, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONLINE "PAWCTION" FUNDRAISER FOR WEST SUBURBAN HUMANE SOCIETY: Dec. 4 to 15. Information: e.givesmart.com/events/e3O; www.wshs-dg.org.
A WATER DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND GUEST DISCUSSION FOR "PIPE DREAMS": 4 to 7 p.m., Playhouse Theatre at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Learn about one man’s journey to bring water to an impoverished village in Kenya. The film won Best Documentary at the 2019 California Independent Film Festival. It was created by COD Motion Picture and Television student Mojeri Coker who will be on hand to discuss his travels to Kenya and his filmmaking experiences. Cost: Free. Information: Contact Sue Kerby at email@example.com.
FILM CLASSES: Various dates, First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. The instructor is Sue Thornquist of Downers Grove. Different classes are offered Dec. 5 and 10. One can register by emailing Thornquist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"THE FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS": 4 and 7 p.m., Hammerschmidt Chapel, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. An Elmhurst College tradition, the event bridges the season of Advent and Christmastide with nine Scriptural readings, interspersed with choral music, that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah. Information: www.elmhurst.edu.
HOLIDAY DESIGNER POP-UP SHOP – JINGLE & MINGLE MARKETPLACE: 4 to 9 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. In tandem with holiday décor in the McCormick House, celebrate the season at a new pop-up shop featuring designer goods by local businesses and artisans. Cost: $15. Information: Registration details at elmhurstartmuseum.org, 630-834-0202.
JOLLY OLD ST. NICK CONCERT: 6:30 p.m., York Presbyterian Church, 1099 S. York St., Elmhurst. Celebrating the city’s German roots, people can hear traditional carols performed by the Damenchor and Männerchor, authentic German choirs. Jolly Old St. Nicholas joins the festivities to explain his legend and pose for photos with guests. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas, and hot cocoa and treats will follow. Cash donations for the Yorkfield Food Pantry Giving Tree are welcome. Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.
"A CHRISTMAS CAROL – SCROOGE AND MARLEY": Dec. 6 to 8, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center at Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Information: www.jpactheatre.com.
SPIRITO! SINGERS: 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. Cost: $25. Information: www.spiritosingers.org, 1-877-8WE-SING
WEST TOWNS CHORUS' "COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS": 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Living Water Community Church, 190 Lily Cache Lane, Bolingbrook. It features the men’s four-part harmony a cappella group, West Towns Chorus, with guest acts Midwest Crossroad Women’s Barbershop Chorus, Affinity Strings, the Chicago Bronze English Handbell Ensemble, keyboardist David Rhodes and featured quartets. Cost: $25 in advance and $28 at the door; $17 for students; $15 for children age 12 and younger. Information: www.westtowns.org/shows, 630-201-5544.
BALLET LEGERE'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY "THE NUTCRACKER": Dec. 7 and 8, Dominican University Performing Arts Center in River Forest. Information: www.balletlegere.org or university box office at 708-488-5000; 773-237-1874.
"GINGERBREAD AND CANDLELIGHT – A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION OF THE ENTIRE FAMILY": 4 to 7 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center and Stacy's Tavern Museum at Historic Stacy's Corners, 800 N. Main St. Candlelight tours at the tavern are offered. Gingerbread houses are on display at the center, with crafts for kids and fun with Aunt Tillie and her elves. Holiday refreshments are served. Cost: $5 for adults, free for children accompanied by adult. Information: 630-469-1867; www.glenellynhistory.org.
NATIVE GAMES: 1 to 2 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Historically, native peoples like the Potawatomi played games as children to help develop survival skills. Come out to the museum to try your hand at some of these games such as ring and pin and predator and prey. Cost: Free and open to all ages. Information: Register by Dec. 5 at ReconnectWithNature.org or 815-886-1467.
CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information: choral-aires.com.
ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. Mondays, Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road. Formerly the Elmhurst Men's Chorus and Elmhurst Ladies' Chorus, the group invites everyone who loves to sing to join rehearsals. Information: elmhurstharmonie.com.
SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday, Lombard Community Building, 433 E. St. Charles Road. It is presented by the Lombard Park District as a free, friendly and informal setting for people to sing. Information: Call Patti Plomb at 630-620-7322.
"ON THE RIGHT TRACK – BY RAIL TO CHICAGO & BEYOND" EXHIBIT: Through March 29, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. New exhibit explores local railroad history through artifacts including photos, maps and models of stations, locomotives and railroad cars. Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.
"MCCORMICK HOUSE – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE" PLUS IMAGIST EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 12, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Chicago Imagist fans will enjoy "What Came After – Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998," while architecture enthusiasts will revel in the sophistication of the Mies van der Rohe McCormick House exhibition that for the first time portrays a full, 1950s domestic representation of the rare single-family home. Special tours also are planned. Information: elmhurstartmuseum.org.
AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information: wchicago.mhsoftware.com.
BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. The program offers a craft activity in the museum; drop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The theme will be snowy owls. Cost: Free to all ages. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org.