Celebrate the Holiday Season with District Programs

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Celebrate the Holiday Season with Forest Preserve District Programs

Variety of Programs Offers Something for Everyone

(Nov. 9, 2018) — Catch the holiday spirit by joining the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County at a number of holiday events and programs.
“While it might be early to start thinking about the holidays, give in to the spirit and enjoy the season and your DuPage forest preserves with all of our fun and educational programs!” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

Make a Snake Ornament Drop-In Family Activity, Nov. 11, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Get in the holiday spirit Willowbrook style! Craft a colorful snake ornament, and then meet DuPage snakes face-to-face as you learn about their fascinating lives. All ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-942-6200.

Gratitude Walk, Nov. 13, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Mayslake Peabody Estate. In time for Thanksgiving, contemplate what you’re grateful for on a leisurely guided walk. Bring pen and paper and jot down your thoughts to share as you stroll, if the mood strikes you. Ages 18 and up. Free. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

Farmhouse Museum Tours: Christmas Memories, Thursday – Monday, Nov. 29 – Jan. 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the hour, Kline Creek Farm. Discover Victorian holiday traditions and explore the lifestyle of a successful farm family as you tour the farmhouse museum. Learn how the home was a place for work as well as relaxation and how it served as the building block of the rural community. Tours offered on the hour. Registration is not required for these free programs. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.

Music at Mayslake: Acappellago, Dec. 1, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mayslake Peabody Estate. Join this a cappella choir for a musical journey of songs to celebrate the holiday season. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $15 – $17 per person. Tickets at acappellago.org or 708-484-3797.

Christmas on the Farm, Dec. 8 & 9, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Kline Creek Farm. Learn the history of popular traditions, take a photo with Santa in his sleigh, sing carols around the warming fire, enjoy cookies and hot apple cider, and go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride (weather permitting). All ages; under 18 with an adult for sleigh rides. Free admission. Sleigh rides $5 per person ages 5 and up; under 5 free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.

Holiday Art and Craft Market, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Dec. 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mayslake Peabody Estate. Shop for quality artisan holiday gifts for family and friends. Part of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of Mayslake Hall. All ages. Free admission. No registration. Questions? Call 630-206-9566.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, Dec. 21 – 23 & 28 – 31; 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m., Kline Creek Farm. Hear about farming with real horsepower on a 20-minute ride through the farmstead and fields, if snow and weather permit. First-come, first-served. All ages; under 13 with an adult. $5 per person ages 5 and up; under 5 free. No registration. For daily ride updates and private rides, call 630-876-5900.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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