Celebrate the New Year with First Night Evanston on Sat., Dec. 31! The family-friendly event will feature Grammy Award-winning entertainment, live music, poetry, dancing and much more at a variety of indoor venues surrounding Raymond Park. General admission wristbands may be purchased online and at locations throughout Evanston at a discounted price of $20 through December 25.
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Gather for the Holidays
Gingerbread House Decorating
Monday, December 12th, 5:30-6:30pm
Don’t miss this holiday favorite with your little one! Come create a sweet centerpiece for your home. Cost $35 for one adult & one child. We only have 3 spots left. Please register by calling 847-859-2312 to save your space today.
Hootenanny with Cassie of Stomp and Shout
Thursday, December 15th, 10:30-11:15am
Come create some music and fun while you explore using your big, beautiful imagination. It is going to be a hoot!
Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 17th, 9:30am-noon
Join us for a musical petting zoo and concert by students and faculty of etc. Music School. Enjoy festive holiday snacks, creative play, create a special art project to gift to a loved one and take home a gift bag for your little one. $25 event ticket includes admission for three individuals (children or adults). $10 for each additional family member (siblings under 9 months are free). Space is limited so please call 847-859-2312 or follow the link to register.
Come Sip and Shop your way through Downtown Evanston during our 2nd Annual Warm Bevvy Walk on Thursday, December 8th. 21 businesses in Downtown Evanston will welcome visitors for a sample of a warm beverage from 5-8pm. This event is FREE and open to all ages.
Where: Downtown Evanston and Main Dempster Mile
When: Thursday, December 8th from 5-8pm
For more information on participating businesses and to REGISTER, click here
This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca. Featured ensembles include Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago 2016.
General Admission: $7
Where: Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue
When: Saturday, December 10, 10 am and 2 pm
For more information and to purchase the tickets, click here
Join Mayor Tisdahl and Santa and Mrs. Clause to light the tree on Friday, December 9th at 5:30pm! The Evanston Childrens’ Choir and Northwestern University Wamuu will perform before and after the tree lighting. Hot cocoa locations and visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause too! More details coming shortly.
Where: Fountain Square
When: Friday, December 9th
Santa’s Magical Trolley Express in Evanston is an enchanting 90 minute interactive holiday program that begins with an exciting trolley ride to Santa’s North Pole, where the adventure comes alive! Join us for a delightful visit to Santa’s polar workshop where the kids will get involved in whimsical games and lively music, get a picture with Santa, and finally will receive a special surprise!
Your Polar Adventure ticket also includes entry to Little Beans Cafe and their imaginative indoor playground. Plan your visit so your children can enjoy both their polar adventure as well as some time at their indoor attractions.
PLEASE NOTE! Each guest over the age of 12 months is required to have a ticket! Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and all children need to have their own ticket! Tickets are sold individually, per person, regardless of age (over 12 months). A single ticket does NOT allow for entry for a child AND her/his parent! Each guest must have their own ticket.
Evanston – Little Beans Cafe combines a family cafe with an imaginative indoor playground for kids. The cafe boasts a delicious assortment of drinks and snacks, where parents can enjoy the ambiance of a comfortable cafe with their children.
At the Evanston Little Beans Cafe, children ages 0-6 can play in the Little Beans Village, while children 5-12 years can explore Big Beans. For more information, please visit the Little Beans Website.