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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

Candlelight at the Inn and Bicentennial Eve will be celebrated at Garfield Farm Museum.
Candlelight at the Inn and Bicentennial Eve will be celebrated at Garfield Farm Museum.

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DEC. 1

CANDLELIGHT AT THE INN AND BICENTENNIAL EVE: 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2, Garfield Farm Museum on Garfield Road north of Route 38, Campton Hills. On Dec. 2, in addition to spiced tea and tea breads, volunteers will offer homemade Illinois-shaped cookies to celebrate the eve of Illinois becoming a state 200 years ago. On both days, dulcimer music will echo from the ballroom as 1840s tunes are played by Dona and Dan Benkert and the Scantlin’ Reunion. Dr. Steven Smunt and friends perform music from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2. A bake sale also is planned. Cost: Donations welcome. Information: 630-584-8485,

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Batavia Park District’s Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St. The Batavia Lions Club will cook up a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage, with fruit and drinks provided. Children can visit with Santa before the entertainment begins at 9:15 a.m. Cost: $14 for residents, $16 for Batavians who live outside the district, and $18 for nonresidents; register as a family of four to receive discount. Information: Register at 630-879-5235,

BATAVIA ARTS COUNCIL’S ONLINE GIFT AUCTION UNDERWAY: through Dec. 11. A tempting array of items is available including theater tickets and dining. Information:

DEC. 2

ACAPPELLAGO: 4 p.m., Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave. The a cappella ensemble will present “Escape to Christmas Old & New.” Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information:

ELGIN YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S MAUD POWELL STRING QUARTET AND EARL CLEMENS WIND QUINTET: 2 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. The library’s Sunday Concert Series will host the two ensembles, which are part of the EYSO Chamber Music Institute, where the members are selected by competitive audition. Cost: Free. Information:

DEC. 6

“ELF THE MUSICAL JR.”: Dec. 6 to 9, Marquee Youth Stage, 619 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information:

GENEVA COMMONS ICE SKATING: daily, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Ice skating and skate rental fees apply, with hours from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 13. Santa will stroll throughout the commons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sundays until Dec. 23, and afterward will be at the Santa Station near Learning Express Toys for indoor visits from 2 to 5 p.m. Information:

DEC. 7

MUSIC BY MATTHEW SHUKIN: 8 p.m., Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill, 117 N. Main St., Elburn. Information: 630-365-9938,

FERMILAB ART GALLERY EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION: 5 to 7 p.m., Wilson Hall off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. The show runs to Feb. 27, featuring work by Jane Barthès in “An Alternative Molecular Universe” ( A gallery talk is offered at noon Jan. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; sign in at the Wilson Hall atrium reception desk. Cost: Free. Information:

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDING CHEF ALAIN ROBY RE-CREATING GIANT CANDY CANE: 7:30 p.m., All Chocolate Kitchen, 33 S. Third St., Geneva. He will present a 10-foot replica of his record-breaking, 51-foot candy cane. “Insane Candy Cane Celebration” hoodies will be on sale for $30 until Dec. 24, and the shop will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Information:, 630-232-2395.

THE ALBRIGHT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTING “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 to 16, 100 N. Island Ave., third floor of Batavia Government Center. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information:, 630-406-8838.

GENEVA PARK DISTRICT’S PLAYHOUSE 38 PRESENTING “CSI – CHRISTMAS SCENE INVESTIGATORS”: 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. The youth production is about a mystery involving the final dress rehearsal of the Wilke High School Annual Christmas Pageant. Tickets can be purchased online or at Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave., and Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-232-4542.

DEC. 8

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Conducted by Stephen Squires, the program will feature guest soprano Catalina Cuervo, Elgin Master Chorale and Midwest Dance Collective performing familiar holiday favorites. The program also includes a sing-along and an appearance by a special visitor from the North Pole. Cost: $35 to $55. Information:, 847-888-4000.

BETH FOWLER DANCE COMPANY’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY “NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9, St. Charles North High School, 255 Red Gate Road. It also will be performed Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in DeKalb. Each child’s ticket includes a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with the Sugar Plum Fairy and other performers. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning one hour before each performance, if available. Information:

DEC. 9

TENTH ANNUAL GENEVA STEEPLE WALK: 2 to 4:30 p.m., four downtown churches. Seasonal concerts are set at United Methodist Church, Geneva Lutheran Church, Unitarian Universalist Society and First Church of Christ, Scientist. A guide escorts the groups to churches, all within easy walking distance, and shares information about their architecture. The performers are Geneva Jazz; Batavia High School Chromatics; The Cynthia Spiegel Trio for violin, piano and soprano; and the Brown-Eakley Duo on guitar and violin. Seating is limited. Cost: $15. Information:

DEC. 11

ORLANDO & DAWN IN A CHRISTMAS REUNION: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tony Orlando, Joyce Vincent and Telma Hopkins dominated the first half of the 1970s with No. 1 hits such as “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You),” “Knock Three Times” and “Candida.” Cost: $59 to $125. Information:, 630-962-7000.

DEC. 13

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AT PHEASANT RUN RESORT INCLUDE A CHRISTMAS LIGHT SPECTACULAR: daily every half hour from 4 to 9:30 p.m., 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The iPanic Escape Room presents the lights-set-to-music attraction on Bourbon Street. Breakfast with Santa events will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Santa’s Workshop invites families in for holiday crafts and activities from 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 for a small fee. Information: Reservations at 630-584-6300;

ZANIES COMEDY CLUB: Thursday through Saturday evening shows (except holidays), Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information: 630-524-0001,

BATAVIA BOY SCOUT TROOP 12 CHRISTMAS TREE LOT: through Dec. 22, next to Batavia Skate Park, 411 S. River St. (Route 25), Batavia. Representing 61 years of tradition, the Immanuel Lutheran Troop 12 tree lot will offer fresh, pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and roping, raising funds for the Scouts. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. Information:

STILL NOT FRIDAY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE: 8 p.m. every Thursday, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Doors open at 7 p.m. The full food and drink menu is available in the showroom. Cost: Show admission free. Information:

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE: 9 p.m. Thursdays, Flagstone – Crafts & Cocktails, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: Free. Information:

LIVE MUSIC: 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information:, 630-845-5800.

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