5 Things to Do: Dec. 15-17

As December rolls along, enjoy holiday fun at Chicago French Market, Northbrook Court, and Gorton Community Center. Plus, skate with Santa in your best “Star Wars” gear at Westfield Old Orchard and explore seasonal masterpieces at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago.

Jinglefest

5 Things to Do: Chicago French Market's Jinglefest

Photo courtesy of Chicago French Market.

Dec. 16
Chicago

Visit Chicago French Market for cookie decorating, photos with Santa, a Santa Styling Station with Great Clips, a Letters to Santa station, and more.

“Star Wars” Skating with Santa

5 Things to Do: Star Wars Skate With Santa
Dec. 16
Skokie

Excited for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”? Fill your entire weekend with “Star Wars” fun at this Westfield Old Orchard event. Dress as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes, take photos with Santa, and skate! You can bring your own skates or rent a pair.

Holiday Bricktacular

5 Things to Do: Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago.

Dec. 16-17
Schaumburg

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago’s holiday celebration is back with holiday-themed LEGO builds and activities like photo opportunities with a LEGO sleigh and a scavenger hunt throughout a winter wonderland. The fun continues next weekend (Dec. 23-24) too.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

5 Things to Do: Gorton Community Center's Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Dec. 17
Lake Forest

Join Gorton Community Center for its first-ever Gingerbread House Decorating Party. Bennison’s Bakery will provide the houses, and your family will be able to sip hot chocolate and listen to holiday music as you decorate.

Chanukah Wonderland

5 Things to Do: Chanukah Wonderland at Northbrook Court
Dec. 17-18
Northbrook

Visit Northbrook Court for a dreidel bounce house, doughnut and cookie decorating, crafts, and more from Chabad Israeli Center and Chabad of Northbrook.

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Anna-Carlson

Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital