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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

"The Nutcracker" will be staged by the Beth Fowler School of Dance in St. Charles.
"The Nutcracker" will be staged by the Beth Fowler School of Dance in St. Charles.

Readers can post events to the Kane County Chronicle’s online calendar. Visit, click “+Add Event” and follow the prompts. Select items also will appear in the newspaper.

DEC. 6

CHRISTMASTIME AT FINE LINE, AN ARTISAN GIFT SALE: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-584-9443.

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

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

MOOSEHEART’S HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY FUNDRAISER: 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31, Mooseheart campus on Route 31 between North Aurora and Batavia. It runs 1.8 miles. Santa will visit Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at the Mooseheart fieldhouse, sitting for free photos starting at 5:30 p.m., and kids can enjoy crafts, hot chocolate and cookies. Cost: $10 a vehicle. Information:

DEC. 7

PROUD FOX GALLERY PRESENTING ARTIST MAUREEN MCKEE: 6 to 9 p.m., 213 W. State St., Geneva. An art demonstration with refreshments will be part of the city’s Christmas Walk festivities. Information: 630-262-8797,

CELEBRATE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL: 1 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Celebrate 19th century style with historian and performer Ellie Carlson. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: register at reference desk, call 630-584-0076, ext. 1, or visit

“SEASONAL BOWS” AT VERO VOCE THEATER: 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 951 State Ave., suite F, St. Charles. Six new short plays blend light comedy, dark comedy and drama as they look at winter holidays from different perspectives. It is rated PG-13. Cost: $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students. Information:

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

“DENNIS O’BRIEN BAND’S 15TH ANNUAL “HO-HO-HOLIDAY SHOW”: Dec. 7 and 8, Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information:, 630-584-6300.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDING CHEF ALAIN ROBY CREATING GIANT CANDY CANE: 7:30 p.m., All Chocolate Kitchen, 33 S. Third St., Geneva. “Insane Candy Cane Celebration” hoodies will sell for $30 until Dec. 24 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Information:, 630-232-2395.

CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH’S “THIS IS CHRISTMAS” STAGE SHOW: Dec. 7 to 9, 37W100 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. Information:

DEC. 8

SWEDISH AMERICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR: 3 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia. The 20th annual Swedish Christmas and St. Lucia Festival will feature guest musicians and Salvation Army Brass Ensemble. A sweets table will be served and Swedish Santa will visit with children. Baked goods also will be sold. Tickets are by reservation only. Cost: $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 12. Information: 630-414-9700;

MULE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES: Noon to 4 p.m., Wasco Nursery, 41W781 Route 64, St. Charles. Cost: Free. Registration is requested. Information: 630-584-4424,

DEC. 9

TENTH ANNUAL GENEVA STEEPLE WALK CONCERTS: 2 to 4:30 p.m., four downtown churches. 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. 14

HOLIDAY VARIETY SHOW: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. The family show is directed by Frank Del Giudice. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: tickets at, in person at Sunset Community Center or Stephen Persinger Recreation Center or at 630-232-4542.

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE’S ORIGINAL TWIST ON “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23, 11 S. Water St., downtown Aurora, just west of Route 25. It’s described as a fun-filled, action-packed and sword-swinging production. Information:

WINTERFEST HOLIDAY MARKET, PLUS EXHIBIT AND WORKSHOPS: Dec. 14 to 16, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Upstairs will be award-winning works from a 40-campus, high school student art exhibit. Water Street Studios and Artisan Collective Batavia present the Winterfest Art Market, kicking off Dec. 14 with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and continuing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16. Registration is requested online for holiday art workshops for all ages. Information:

“THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED AND CONFUSED REVUE”: Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 23, Copley Theatre in the North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, across from Paramount Theatre. The production is for audiences age 18 and older. Cost: $37. Information:, 630-896-6666.

“WHITE CHRISTMAS” MUSICAL: 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Optional three-course, prix-fixe, dinner packages at Harvest Restaurant next to the theater are available Dec. 14 and 15. The original family musical “Dogs” will play Dec. 21 to 30. Comedian Landry will star Dec. 28 and 31 at Zanies Comedy Club, also featuring Michael Palascak on Dec. 29 and Pat McGann on Dec. 30. Go online to see all month’s entertainment offerings, capped by a New Year’s Day breakfast. Information:,, 630-584-6300.

DEC. 15

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM: 4 to 7 p.m., Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. It starts with Nadeau’s Ice Sculptors’ two-hour demonstration. Paper Boats will perform music from 4 to 5 p.m. and the Geneva High School Choir from 5 to 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Peck Farm from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to visit with kids. At the home’s fireplace, Mrs. Claus will tell a story. L.L. Bean will demonstrate how to build a shelter and layer clothing for protection. Graham’s hot cocoa will be sold. Cost: Free admission; some food and activities may have a small fee. Information:, 630-232-4542.

DEC. 16

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 5 to 9 p.m. nightly, an hour later Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 26, Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. It’s presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the city of Aurora. Cost: Free with donations for charity welcome. 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 afterwards will be at the Santa Station near Learning Express Toys for indoor visits from 2 to 5 p.m. Information:

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 will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 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;

DEC. 20

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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