“HO HO HOEY – THE GARY HOEY CHRISTMAS SHOW” WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Catch a Laurel and Hardy Film Festival with Jay Warren playing the organ at 11 a.m. Dec. 14; “The Ides of March Christmas Show” at 8 p.m. Dec. 14; The Lettermen at 3 p.m. Dec. 15; and the FIXXmas tour at 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Information: arcadalive.com.
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.
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. Santa will speak with children on select dates among the festivities planned. Information: 815-827-5200, www.YouPickFun.com.
LISTEN TO THE LIGHTS, FEATURING A QUARTET OF SINGING REINDEER: 5 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 26, Phillips Park, 615 S. Smith Blvd., Aurora. Festival of Lights features a 1-mile driving tour of lighted displays organized by the Aurora Rotary Club in partnership with the city of Aurora. Cost: Free; donations welcome for local charities. Information: aurorafestivaloflights.com.
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. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74, with subscription savings offered. Information: paramountaurora.com, 630-896-6666.
A NO COVER R&B JAM WITH SAM SAVAGE WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s preceded at noon Dec. 12 by a holiday luncheon show featuring Diva Montell. Also on tap will be Bobby C and The C Notes at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13; The Flat Cats at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14; Sinatra Sunday with Ron’s Family Feast featuring Vince Amore at 3 p.m. Dec. 15; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays showcasing Mike DiDomenico at 7 p.m. Dec. 18; Billy and the Jets in a Billy Joel and Elton John tribute at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; and Rosie & The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 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, CHRISTMAS TREES AND FARMSTEAD EMPORIUM AWAIT AT ABBEY FARMS: December dates, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, bordering Batavia. Santa visits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. There is a fee to visit Santa and every visitor goes home with a coloring book and personal photo or digital photo to download and print at home. The Farmstead Emporium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering gifts, specialty foods, bakery items and apple cider donuts. The Pine Tree Cafe is open weekends. Cost: Fees vary. Information: abbeyfarms.org.
MICK ARCHER TRIO WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 7 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Fox Valley Jazz Big Band performs at 2 p.m. Dec. 15, followed by fleet-fingered Gypsy-style jazz by Chanson du Chat on Dec. 20, with Vivian Garcia opening at 8 p.m. The headlining ensemble led by guitarist John Papadolias is steeped in 1930s style Gypsy swing paying homage to Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Information: themusicvenue.org.
YOUTH PRODUCTION OF “TINY TIM’S CHRISTMAS”: Dec. 13 to 15, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. In this modern twist, Timothy Cratchit, 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.
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”: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. Cost: Free. Information: 630-844-7844, aurora.edu.
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 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 an 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.
FOX VALLEY JEWISH NEIGHBORS’ CHANUKAH PARTY AND POTLUCK: 4 to 6 p.m., Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Grab your menorahs, bundle up the kids and come to the annual FVJN Chanukah Party with holiday food, dreidel games and Israeli dancing. A dairy/vegetarian potluck meal is planned. All are welcome at the interfaith-friendly event, and there is no cost to attend, though donations are welcome. Information: Email Rachely@fvjn.org with how many guests are coming and what food one’s bringing, putting “FVJN Chanukah Party” in the subject line; visit fvjn.org.
GENEVA GREEN MARKET THIS WINTER: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April, First Congregational Church of Geneva, 327 Hamilton St. Information: shawurl.com/3c51.
NOTED VOCAL ARTISTS INCLUDING OPERATIC SOPRANO SOLANGE SIOR, DIVA MONTELL, FRANCO MARTORANA AND JEORGE HOLMES WILL PRESENT “A NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC”: 4 p.m., Evangelical Covenant Church, 1565 Larkin Ave., Elgin. Special music will be presented by the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, plus pianist Murna Hansemann for the Fox Valley Lyrical Productions concert. A reception will follow. Cost: Free-will offering. Information: 847-888-2302.
EYSO ENSEMBLES TO PERFORM AT ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY: 2 p.m., 1 S. Sixth Ave. Featured will be the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Maud Powell String Quartet and Sterling Brass Quintet. The ensembles are part of the EYSO’s acclaimed Chamber Music Institute, where the members are selected by competitive audition. Today, the EYSO comprises nearly 400 students from over 70 area communities. Cost: Free. Information: scpld.org, 630-584-0076.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 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.
HOLIDAY BAROQUE MUSIC CONCERT BY CALLIPYGIAN PLAYERS: 7:30 p.m., Imago, 216 Prairie St., Elgin. The chamber music ensemble will sing Christmas carols and perform baroque instrumental music on period instruments. Complimentary wine and beer will be served. Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for students, plus there’s a starving artist rate. Information: Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/4274736.
AUTHOR JO ANN SMITH AT BOOKS BETWEEN BITES: Noon to 1 p.m., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. The Batavian will discuss and sign copies of her book “ColorMyCode.” She has been involved with computational thinking and computer programming for nearly 40 years as the owner of a computer training company, professor, consultant in higher education and employee of AT&T Bell Labs. She teaches children at the library and is interested in making STEM and coding more accessible for kids or beginners interested in a gentle introduction to programming. People can bring lunch or order from the Chapters Coffeehouse & Cafe at the library by calling 630-406-8005. Information: booksbetweenbites.com, 630-482-9157.
HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT WITH “THE POLAR EXPRESS”: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. Offered by the Geneva Park District, the film will be on the big screen, and guests can sip hot chocolate and meet and take a picture with Santa Claus. Cost: $12 tickets, and additional snacks, soda, water, beer and wine can be purchased. Pre-registration is recommended. Information: 630-232-4542, genevaparks.org.
ALEX MURPHY JAZZ TRIO WILL PERFORM MUSIC FROM “A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS”: 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.
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 required. Dress for the weather and outdoor work. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing invasive plants. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply show photo ID to security guard and meet in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Inclement weather will cancel event. Information: fermilabnaturalareas.org.
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: email@example.com, 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.
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. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; check holiday exceptions. Information: stcmuseum.org, 630-584-6967.
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.