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Wilhelmi: No place like Wheaton for the holidays

Community voice

There’s no place like Wheaton for the holidays!

Wheaton has so much to offer during the holiday season – festivals, shopping, indoor and outdoor events and lots of seasonal dining options. The Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights and Christmas Tree Sale provides the ultimate holiday experience. Bundle up the kids in search of the best Christmas tree while strolling through the zoo adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and animal-themed light displays. Cosley Zoo has free admission during the festival and will continue through the end of December.

If you’re looking for an adult night out, Arrowhead Restaurant and Bar, located on Butterfield Road, will be hosting an Ugly Sweater Contest on Friday. The evening will include drink specials and prizes awarded for the ugliest sweater. Sweaters not required, and those wanting to dine amongst the holiday spirit are welcome.

Believe it or not, you can bring your unwrapped gifts to Arrowhead while you dine and the Arrowhead elves will wrap them for you. Three gifts are included with the purchase of an entrée but if you have more, a simple donation of $1 per gift is requested. The donations go to support the DuPage County Historical Museum in downtown Wheaton. Complimentary wrapping is offered until Monday.

If you still have shopping to do, consider giving the gift of fun and recreation and purchase a Wheaton Park District gift card. These are on sale at Arrowhead Golf Club, the Community Center and the DuPage County Historical Museum. Gift cards can be used for pool passes, fitness memberships, athletic programs, summer camps, dinner or a round of golf at Arrowhead, so stock up now. Plus, if you purchase $50 or more by Tuesday, you will receive an Arrowhead Restaurant voucher for you to enjoy in the New Year.

Finally, are you searching for something to keep the kids busy over holiday break? Check out one or more of the holiday break programs offered by the Wheaton Park District for ages 5 through 15. These programs offer themes such as nature and animals, arts and crafts, games, athletics and more. Or, plan a sledding or skating outing at one of the park district sites, like Northside Park.

Like I said, there is no place like Wheaton for the holidays.

For more information about these holiday events, programs or offers, visit or call the administration office at 630-665-4710.

Margie Wilhelmi is director of marketing for the Wheaton Park District

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