"ILLUMINATION – TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM": Through Jan. 5, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Information: Timed tickets available at www.mortonarb.org.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, TREE SALE, CRAFTS AND SANTA AT COSLEY ZOO: Various dates through Dec. 30, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Cosley Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with the light show beginning at 3 p.m. The zoo will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day, and will be open 9 a.m. to noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Cost: Zoo admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sale; Santa’s Craft Corner costs $10 per family and $3 for a printed photo with Santa, with no registration required. Information: cosleyzoo.org, 630-665-5534.
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 exhibits, lectures and book signings. The First Division Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Cost: $5 parking fee. Information: www.fdmuseum.org.
CLASSES AND EVENTS AT LIZZADRO MUSEUM OF LAPIDARY ART: Varied dates, in its new location at 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Information: email@example.com, 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.
CHAMBER SINGERS AND CONCERT CHOIR: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $7. Information: Check out all the holiday concerts and other events at atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.
DUPAGE CARE CENTER'S ADOPT-A-RESIDENT PROGRAM SEEKING PEOPLE TO MAKE THE HOLIDAYS HAPPIER: Offered by the center in Wheaton. It serves over 300 residents, ages 18 to over 100, who are without financial means, and with physical challenges that require full-time skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Adopters receive a list of holiday gifts for the resident. Information: To adopt a person or make a donation, contact 630-784-4260 or Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST BY BERWYN'S 3RD WARD CLUB: Underway. Judges travel the ward and make a list of their best decorated choices, to which they add any nominations received. Prizes are restaurant gift certificates. Information: To nominate yourself or a neighbor, contact club President Richard Leja 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.
ARTIST RECEPTION: 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 (opens Dec. 6 during special event), Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. The painter is Jennifer Oldis-Kryczka and her show runs to Jan. 4. The exhibit will be on view during the Riverside Holiday Stroll from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday except major holidays. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.com.
JOLLY OLD ST. NICK CONCERT: 6:30 p.m., York Presbyterian Church, 1099 S. York St., Elmhurst. 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.
LIVING NATIVITY: 5:30 to 8 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, 1111 E. Madison St., Lombard. Cost: Free. Information: cpclombard.org, 630-627-0306.
"WINTERSONG 2019" BY GLEN ELLYN-WHEATON CHORALE: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7, College Church, 335 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton. Information: Tickets at www.gewchorale.org/shop/tickets or 630-415-3066.
VENDOR & CRAFT FAIR: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 S. Cass Ave., Darien. There's a bake sale, plus child care from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Information: sjlcdarien.org, 630-969-7987.
THE SECOND CITY PRESENTS "THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY SWEATER": 5 and 8 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $32 to $46. Information: www.atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.
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.
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.
DOWNERS GROVE CHORAL SOCIETY IN "HOLIDAY BAROQUE": 4 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter St., Downers Grove. It will feature Handel’s "Messiah," Vivaldi’s "Magnificat" and Rutter’s "Joy to the World." There's a pre-concert talk at 3:15 p.m. Cost: $10 to $20. Information: dgcs.org, 630-515-0030.
VILLAGE VOCAL CHORDS CHRISTMAS CONCERT PART OF LINEUP: 2 p.m., The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W. Ogden Ave., La Grange Park. The extravaganza begins at 2 p.m. with a sneak peek at The Well’s new space. The concert by the award-winning women's chorus starts at 3 p.m. and is followed by a Yuletide Treats & Christmas Fair. Cost: $10. Information: csjthewell.org, 708-482-5048.
CAROLFEST: 3 and 6 p.m., Christ Church Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road. The multimedia concert offers portions of Handel’s “Messiah” and carols, with cookie reception at 5 p.m. It features a 140-voice Festival Choir, 100-voice Chancel Choir, 40-piece professional orchestra and professional soloists. Child care is provided for kids ages 4 and younger. Cost: Free. Information: ChristChurch.us, 630-654-1882.
LUX CANTORUM CHICAGO PRESENTING "JOY!": 4 p.m., Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside. The noted ensemble sings religious music. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and are free for children age 10 and younger. Information: luxcantorum.org.
"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. A tour with a former resident of the home is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, with reservations recommended; it's included with museum admission. Other special tours also are planned. Information: elmhurstartmuseum.org.
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.
HOLIDAY JAZZ FEATURING VOCALIST PETRA VAN NUIS AND PIANIST LARRY HARRIS: 7 p.m., La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Registration is requested. Information: www.lagrangelibrary.org, 708-215-3200.
HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY: 5 to 9 p.m., Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. Join the Hinsdale Historical Society Women's Board on a holiday trolley tour of the best lit homes of Hinsdale. Tours begin and end at Immanuel Hall and run 20 minutes. Cost: $25. Information: www.hinsdalehistory.org, shawurl.com/3c3u, 630-789-2600.
TED YODER: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Yoder is the 2010 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion. His cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (Tears for Fears) has over 101 million views on YouTube. Cost: $10 at the door. Information: www.twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.
"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.
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.
AUDITIONS FOR GREENMAN THEATRE TROUPE'S "SPEAKEASY OR DIE HARD 2": 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 232 S. York St., Elmhurst, at the First United Methodist Church. Performances of the murder-mystery dinner theater production will be at Angelo’s Ristorante from Feb. 21 to March 1 (early reservations suggested). No appointments are required to audition. The show is written and directed by Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff. Information: Audition details at email@example.com; 630-464-2646, www.greenmantheatre.org.
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.
"OWL PELLET INVESTIGATORS": 6 to 7 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Join a naturalist to investigate the connections between owls and their environment, and learn how to dissect an owl pellet to see what the owl had for dinner. Cost: Free for ages 10 or older. Information: Register by Dec. 17 at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-886-1467.
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.
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.