Holiday Market and Santa Appearances Highlight Weekend Events Guide

A rundown of everything going down locally this weekend.


Palos Park Village Tree Lighting & Holiday Market
The Holiday Market will be open Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the Village Green 8901 W. 123rd St. An outdoor heated tent will  feature craft and merchandise vendors, beverages, and holiday cheer. Listen to choirs and bells as you shop for holiday gifts and wait for Santa to arrive. Santa and Mayor Mahoney will illuminate the Village tree around 6:45 p.m. Following the official Tree Lighting, Santa will be available for visits and photos. Food vendors will be inside the recreation enter lower-level. Outside, you can enjoy Hayrack rides, provided by The Center and a warm bonfire.

Palos Heights Tree Lighting
The annual event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. outside the Fire Station at 123rd a and Harlem. The free event will feature Christmas carols, a visit with Santa, hay wagon rides, and more. Winners of the Tree Decorating Contest will be announced at 6:30 p.m. 

An Evening with M&R Rush

The original members of M&R Rush, the exciting classic rock band with exceptional harmonies & melodic catchy songs, will be playing the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W 111th St. at 8 p.m. From the time the show starts till the final encore, the audience knows they are witnessing something special. Their ability to connect to the crowd and to have a lot of fun while making great music is unbelievable. Tickets are $12. 

Sertoma Centre Holiday Bazaar

Looking for gift ideas that won’t break the bank? The Sertoma Center at at 4343 W. 123rd Street in Alsip, is hosting its annual holiday bazaar. Crafts range in price from $1 to $10, and feature a large number of holiday craft booths, many hand-made by individuals with disabilities. Rudolph’s Reindeer Boutique includes tables of holiday gifts and handcrafted items. The Boutique will also feature gift items which were donated from the International Housewares Show at McCormick Place. Personalized pet items are also back this year. After you shop, enjoy a snack at the North Pole Cafe. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Love Actually: Movie & Discussion with Sue McCoy


Kriser’s Grand Opening - Orland Park

All-natural pet food and supply retailer Kriser’s is holding a weekend-long grand opening celebration at its new store at 15160 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your furry and feathered friends and enjoy special promotions. giveaways, free nail trimmings, complimentary pet photos and more. Kriser’s opens at 10 a.m. both days.

Trans Infinity Orchestra Live at the Beverly Arts Center
Trans-Infinity Orchestra was created to be a holiday experience for all. Featuring the music of Trans Siberian Orchestra and telling the story of Christmas around the world. This is done with a musical ensemble second to none, an angelic choir and a light show that is state of the art. Of course, it would not be complete without snow machines and other surprises that come with this fantastic production. Tickets are $20 for the 8 p.m. family-friendly show.

Polar Express Sing-A-Long

Mother McAuley and its student choirs will bring the beloved Christmas story of The Polar Express to life as they sing and dance while we show the movie on our giant theatre screen.  Come out on Saturday, December 7 for either a 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. showing. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. Click on the image to buy tickets. 

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Caring Santa at Orland Square Mall
Starting at 8 a.m., Orland Square Mall is hosting “Caring Santa”, a special event dedicated to families that have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit this year’s Santa Claus Photo Experience. Many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comfortable environment. The program is guided by AbilityPath, an online support organization. Reservations are required and can be secured at www.caringsanta.com.

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