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Elmhurst College Festival of Lessons and Carols
When: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 1
Where: Elmhurst College's Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, Alexander Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue, Elmhurst
About: Held since 1961, the festival consists of nine scriptural readings that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah, interspersed with choral music. The Elmhurst College Concert Choir will perform time-honored songs to accompany each reading and set the holiday mood.
Holiday Flower Show
When: Dec. 2 through Jan. 7
Where: Wilder Park Conservatory, 225 S. Prospect Ave, Elmhurst
About: Get into the holiday spirit with Wilder Park Conservatory's holiday floral display. Poinsettias and other seasonal plants come together for a festive design created by Park District horticultural staff. Explore the conservatory and make sure to stop by the garden kaleidoscope to view the conservatory’s plant life.
Tree Lighting in Wilder Park
When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7
Where: Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst
About: Bring your family and friends together for this annual tradition. Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies, meet live reindeer, visit with Santa and hear festive choir performances. This event is sponsored by Edward-Elmhurst Health, Mariano's and Brewpoint Coffee.
Santa Claus at Wilder Mansion
When: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9
Where: Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst
Cost: $10 for resident and $12 nonresident adults, $15 for resident and $18 for nonresident children
About: The fun begins with cookies and cocoa served by Santa’s elves. There will be holiday craft-making, and each child will receive time with Santa and a complimentary photo. Santa’s Workshop, a special place just for children where they can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for those they love, also will be featured. Registration is required.
Hometown Holiday Block Party
When: 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16
Where: Elmhurst City Centre, 147 N. York St., Elmhurst
About: The Elmhurst City Centre's first-ever Hometown Holiday Block Party includes live music, Santa visits, free kiddie train rides and an appearance by Mayor Steve Morley. Explore Elmhurst's Holly Trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.