DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Through Jan. 19, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Directed and co-choreographed by Amber Mak, it runs most Wednesdays through Sundays plus added dates. Paramount favorite Paul-Jordan Jansen returns as the Beast. It is recommended for ages 5 and older for some scary moments. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74. Information: paramountaurora.com, 630-896-6666.
A NO COVER SHOW WITH THE JOE VALENTINO BAND WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be Nick@Knight at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7; Sinatra Sunday with Ron’s Family Feast featuring Antonio Duca at 3 p.m. Dec. 8; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring Dryden Glod at 7 p.m. Dec. 11; Diva Montell luncheon and show at noon Dec. 12; no cover R&B jam with Sam Savage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; and Bobby C and The C Notes at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Information: arcadalive.com.
THE SECOND CITY TO UNWRAP HOLIDAY LAUGHS: Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 22, Copley Theatre at North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., across from Paramount Theatre, Aurora. With seasonal songs and sketches, it presents its revue “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater.” Cost: $37, suited for ages 18 and older. Information: ParamountAurora.com, 630-896-6666.
SANTA VISITS, CHRISTMAS TREES AND FARMSTEAD EMPORIUM AWAIT AT ABBEY FARMS: December dates, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, bordering Batavia. Cost: Fees vary. Information: abbeyfarms.org.
BLUEGRASS WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. The concert features Good Morning Bedlam, with Todd Kessler opening at 7 p.m. A free First Friday salsa fusion dance party is planned at 6 p.m. Dec. 6, with registration requested. Bonnie Koloc will appear with Don Stille and Steve Eisen on Dec. 7; followed by a benefit Album Covers Series show on Dec. 8; an acoustic bluegrass jam night Dec. 11; and Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” performed by the Mick Archer Trio on Dec. 13. Information: themusicvenue.org.
ST. CHARLES SINGERS PRESENTING “CANDLELIGHT CAROLS”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in St. Charles and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Chicago, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles, and Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St. at Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Cost: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students. Information: stcharlessingers.com, 630-513-5272; tickets also at Townhouse Books, 105 N. Second Ave., St. Charles, with only checks or cash at the shop; and at the concert, depending on availability.
“BEST OF THE FEST” SHORT FILM SCREENINGS BY AFTERIMAGE FILM FESTIVAL: 6 to 9 p.m., Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Filmmakers from one of the short films will take part in a Q&A session. A cash bar will serve beer and wine. Cost: $15. Information: afterimagefilmfestival.com/eventscalendar/best-of-fest-2019.
“THE BALLAD OF CC SCROOGE #CHRISTMASMAKEOVER”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 29, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” is adapted by local playwright John David Westby into a modern tale of female redemption and joy – a holiday favorite with just the right blend of humor and pathos. The family show is directed by Marge Uhlarik-Boller. Cost: $23 to $28. Information: steelbeamtheatre.com, 630-587-8521.
BRET MICHAELS CHRISTMAS PARTY WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Film buffs can catch “Home Alone” at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 ($6 for adults) and a silent film night at 8 p.m. Dec. 10, with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. Check out all the holiday concerts including The Wizards of Winter performing a holiday rock opera titled “The Christmas Dream.” Information: arcadalive.com.
CHRISTMAS TREE HARVEST: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 15, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. Visit the farm and harvest your own fresh pine or fir or choose a fresh pre-cut Fraser fir. An apple cider donut for everyone in the tree party is included. One also can visit the Orchard Shop & Bakery. Santa will speak with children on select dates among the festivities planned. Information: 815-827-5200, www.YouPickFun.com.
BETH FOWLER DANCE COMPANY AND BETH FOWLER SCHOOL OF DANCE WILL STAGE “THE NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in DeKalb and 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15 in St. Charles. For 26 years, dancers and artists, from beginners to professionals, have shared the stage. The venues are DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre and St. Charles North High School. Reserve tickets can be purchased in advance, and each child’s ticket includes a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with the Sugar Plum Fairy and other performers. To purchase tickets, visit www.BethFowlerDanceCompany.com; tickets also may be purchased at the door beginning one hour before each performance.
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JB MICHAELS TO ATTEND BOOK SIGNING FOR MURDER MYSTERY SET IN GENEVA: 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Little Traveler, 404 S. Third St., Geneva, during Christmas Walk, where the book’s action is set. His collection of works mashes genres from thrillers to science fiction to fantasy. Information: littletraveler.com.
CHRISTMAS WALK, TWO-DAY HOUSEWALK AND COOKIE WALK: Dec. 6 for Christmas Walk and Cookie Walk, downtown Geneva. Christmas Walk festivities begin outside the courthouse at 6 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Lucia followed by Santa, and continue to 9:30 p.m. A holiday housewalk takes place Dec. 6 and 7, and additional festivities Dec. 8. The Cookie Walk sale of dozens of varieties of home-baked holiday treats is offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva at Second and James streets, one block east of courthouse. Information: genevachamber.com.
AWARD-WINNING FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER BRIAN DEWOLF OF BATAVIA AT CHRISTMAS WALK: 6 to 9 p.m., Proud Fox Frame Shop and Gallery, 213 W. State St., Geneva. Information: 630-262-8797, www.ProudFoxGallery.com.
YOUTH PRODUCTION OF “TINY TIM’S CHRISTMAS”: Dec. 6 to 8 and 13 to 15, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P at rear of building, Geneva. In this modern twist, Timothy Crachit, formally known as Tiny Tim, has inherited Ebeneezer Scrooge’s moodiness. As he manages the local toy shop, he has become a regular “Scrooge.” Cost: $10. Information: genevaparks.org; tickets also available at Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center or 630-232-4542.
“SLEIGH BELLS RING”: 1 to 7:30 p.m., Central High School, 44W625 Plato Road, Burlington. Every instrumental and vocal ensemble at the school will take part in “Sleigh Bells Ring Extravaganza,” which features a craft fair, children’s activities, a musical petting zoo and horse-drawn sleigh rides for families by Tower Hill Stables. The event is presented by the school’s music department, with an “All Community Sing” from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Food is offered by Cafe Roma. Cost: Free. Information: chs.central301.net.
CANDLELIGHT EVENT AT HISTORIC DURANT HOUSE AND SHOLES SCHOOL: 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Enjoy the warm glow of the hearth, music in the parlor, old-fashioned ginger cake and fragrant evergreens. Cost: $3 for adults, and $1 for children. Information: ppfv.org, 630-377-6424.
“THE NUTCRACKER” BALLET WITH ORCHESTRA: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8; Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7; Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The ballet, featuring multiple professional dancers, is directed by Linda Cunningham of Batavia. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will perform. Cost: $25 to $50 for the ballet and $20 for the tea party. Information: cbcnutcracker.com, 630-893-1444.
THE FOX VALLEY WHISKEY SOCIETY AND ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM PRESENT “PARTY LIKE IT’S 1933”: 7 to 9 p.m., at museum, 215 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s a whiskey tasting and fundraiser. The year 1933 was the year Prohibition was repealed, and the same year the museum was established. The event includes a 50/50 split-the-pot raffle and charcuterie provided by La Mesa Modern Mexican in St. Charles. Cost: $50. Information: Tickets at stcmuseum.org, 630-584-6967, foxvalleywhiskeysociety.com.
ALEX MURPHY JAZZ TRIO WILL PERFORM MUSIC FROM “A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS”: 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22, Vero Voce, 3755 E. Main St., Suite 158, St. Charles. Cost: $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: Go to tickets at verovoce.com.
FOX VALLEY CONCERT BAND’S “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”: 3 p.m., Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. A reception follows and Santa may drop by. Cost: Free, with donations for the band welcome. Information: 630-584-7200, norrisculturalarts.com.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Check out the holiday stage productions also offered. Information: Breakfast reservations at 630-584-6400; pheasantrun.com/breakfast-with-santa.
GENEVA STEEPLE WALK: 2 to 4:30 p.m., four concerts at four churches in walking distance. A Steeple Walk guide will escort the groups to the venues, and will share information about the architecture of each site. Cost: $15 and available for purchase on the city’s website, www.geneva.il.us; at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 S. Third St.; Circa, 123 S. Third St.; and City Hall, 22 S. First St. Seating is limited.
AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER STEPHANIE RODRIGUES: 7 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. She will discuss her film “Venezuela La Verdad.” Suitable for English speakers, it won Best Feature Documentary and Best of Festival at Spain’s 2019 Fusion Film Festival, and was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary. Rodrigues’ young brother was captured and tortured by the Maduro government during a peaceful protest in 2017. She then dedicated herself to film what was going on in the streets of Maduro’s Venezuela. Information: Registration is recommended at the Reference Desk, by calling 630-584-0076, ext. 1, or online at www.scpld.org.
CONCERT BY SANDRA MCCRACKEN, NOTED HYMN WRITER: 7 p.m., New Covenant Bible Church, 4N780 Randall Road, St. Charles. She will perform songs of the season, as well as some of her hymns. Cost: $13. Information: shawurl.com/3c3p.
WINTERFEST ART MARKET: Dec. 13 to 15, with reception from 6 to 9 p.m. opening day, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Water Street Studios and Artisan Collective Batavia will present the juried collection of fine art at affordable prices. And upstairs will be the “Chicagoland 4x5 Art Exhibition” displaying nearly 200 pieces of artwork by Chicago area students. There will be 20 artisan vendors and 25 resident artists featuring handmade jewelry, candles, soaps and more. Hours continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Information: waterstreetstudios.org.
“HO HO HO HOLIDAY SHOW FEATURING DENNIS O’BRIEN”: 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The ensemble is comprised of musicians who have shared the stage with such artists as The Eagles, Kenny Loggins, America, Koko Taylor, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Robert Plant and Muddy Waters. Cost: $25. Information: Tickets at tinyurl.com/s9aoh7n.
THE RIVERFRONT’S OWN ADAPTATION OF “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 13 to 22, Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora. It’s the 25th year of the show. Information: Reservations at riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496.
COOKIE WALK: 6 to 10 a.m., English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhodes Ave., Big Rock. It sells cookies, sweet breads and candies. Cookies will be priced at $7.50 per pound. All proceeds will support charities. Information: 630-556-3986, www.ecucc.org.
“THREADS – A LINE FROM THERE TO HERE”: Through Dec. 13, Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The museum shows 150 historic and contemporary Native American clothing items, shoes, jewelry, bags and hats. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: Free. Information: 630-844-7844, aurora.edu.
HOLIDAY THEMED SILENT MOVIES AND ORCHESTRA EVENT AT FERMI: 8 p.m., Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Christmas at the silent movies is presented by the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, playing the original scores. Between films, director Andrew Greene and Peacherine play the rollicking ragtime rhythms of the early 20th century, including an audience sing-along of holiday classics, and a trombone parody of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Cost: $25 for adults, $13 for ages 18 and younger. Information: shawurl.com/3c3n.
SING ALONG WITH SANTA: 11 a.m. Dec. 14 and 15, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. A small play with music – “Santa and the Christmas Mystery” – is performed. The family audience sings along to beloved Christmas tunes. Children of all ages are invited not only to sing along, but to join the cast on stage for select songs. Then Santa and Mrs. Claus make a big appearance. Little ones are encouraged to bring their list and sit on Santa’s lap. Everyone gets a present. Information: 630-587-8521, steelbeamtheatre.org.
NOTHING BUT TREBLE TO PRESENT “ALL THE WORLD REJOICES”: 7:30 p.m., Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 783 W. Highland Ave., Elgin. The accomplished women’s choral ensemble performs, accompanied by numerous instrumentalists. Cost: Free-will offering. Information: nbtchorus.com.
HABITAT WORKDAYS: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. New are workdays from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Participants learn about ecology and the environment. No experience is required, but dress for the weather and outdoor work. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing invasive woody plants. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply show photo ID to security guard at entrance and meet in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Rain or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information: fermilabnaturalareas.org.
ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM EXHIBIT ON “THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY – THE BOYS SCHOOL OF ST. CHARLES”: Through 2019, 215 E. Main St. It explores the history of the local reformatory and its impact on the boys who attended it. It housed famed Midwest gangster Lester Gillis, aka Baby Face Nelson. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: stcmuseum.org, 630-584-6967.
QUEEN OF HEARTS WEEKLY DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St. Doors open around 4:30 p.m. The post has video slot machines. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 630-365-6530.
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: twobrothersbrewing.com/events.
LIVE MUSIC: 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information: roxcitygrill.com, 630-845-5800.
TWO BROTHERS ARTISAN SPIRITS DISTILLERY TOURS: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. No reservations are taken, but check in at host stand. Cost: Free. Information: 630-264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.
DOWNTOWN BATAVIA INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through May, Bar Evolution, 27 N. River St. The market features eight to 15 vendors. New this year, Bar Evolution will host a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, as well as a farm-fresh egg omelet station courtesy of Ferndell Farm’s eggs. Information: downtownbatavia.com.
AIR CLASSICS MUSEUM OF AVIATION: Open for season, Sugar Grove. The museum is one mile west of the Aurora airport entrance at 44W546 Route 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additional tour dates are offered groups of 10 or more. Cost: $7 for people age 62 and older; $10 for age 16 to 61; $5 for kids age 5 to 15. Information: 630-466-0888, airclassicsmuseum.org.