Submit your list of events to dailyherald.com/share; the deadline is two weeks before the event date or the registration deadline. Note: Things are moving quickly with the appearance of the COVID omicron variant, so keep an eye out for updates, cancellations, and vaccine / mask requirements.
“It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play”: Until December 30 at the Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview. Embrace the season and watch everyone’s favorite classic performed live on stage. Seven actors bring the whole town of Bedford Falls to life in a 1946 radio play – complete with sound effects – to tell the story of George Bailey, whose troubles made him wish he had never been born. oillamptheater.org.
Grab and Make Crafts – Gingerbread People: Until December, at the Niles-Maine District Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. Get a gingerbread person to decorate during the month of December. Return your creation to the KidSpace Desk and the library will display them for the winter. Limited supplies. No registration required. (847) 663-1234 or nileslibrary.org.
Willow Hill’s Winter Magic – A Christmas Lights Driving Experience: Open every evening from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. until January 2, at Willow Hill Golf Course, 1350 Willow Road, Northbrook. Willow Hill Golf Course presents its first Christmas lights event driving Willow Hill’s Winter Magic. This family vacation event features over a million lights adorning displays of characters like snowmen and penguins, beautifully lit Christmas trees, glowing tunnels and more. One ticket is good for a full car, so charge the whole family for this one. $ 40. WillowHillsWinterMagic.com.
‘Sir. Dickens’ hat: Until January 2, at the Northlight Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. In a cozy Victorian shop is the hat of Charles Dickens, who once used it to carry water to train crash victims (that’s right). When a pair of goofy thieves plots to steal him (it’s imaginary), young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat, and free his father from debtors prison. The tale of this warm winter is filled with original music, adorable characters and good humor. About 90 minutes, without intermission. Recommended for ages 8 and up. nordlight.org.
15th anniversary of the Actors’ Training Center: Actor Training Center, 1159 Wilmette Ave., Suite 8, Wilmette. The Wilmette Actor Training Center is continuing its 15th anniversary this fall and winter with its Collegial Hearing Clinic; Fall Musical Theater Intensive: Little Women; and Arts in Action: Ensemble Events and Performances. actorstrainingcenter.org.
Group exhibition in December at the Vivid Art Gallery: Gallery opening hours until December, at the Vivid Art Gallery, 895 Green Bay Road, Winnetka. This month, the gallery will showcase the work of several of its artists represented in a group exhibition titled “Water and Ice”. The art in this exhibit will serve to reflect the ever-changing winter season, with representative and abstract works featured in the exhibit. viveartgallery.net.
Local Legends of Wilmette Audio Tour: Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, Wilmette. Stop in front of the houses of some notables of Wilmette. Explore by car, bike or on foot to hear audio on your phone. Get maps from the webpage or pick them up at the museum during opening hours. (847) 853-7666 or wilmettehistory.org.
School trip camp: 8:00 a.m. Thursday, December 23 at the YMCA North Suburban, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook. When school is over, the Y is in it. Work worry-free with Camp Y – fun field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, arts and crafts and more are in store for your kids while they’re out of school. The cost is $ 60 / day for Y members; $ 75 / day for non-members. Register: (847) 272-7250 or nsymca.org.
DIY Holiday Gift Tags: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, December 23 at the Niles-Maine District Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. Come in and create embossed labels that will give your gift the finishing touch that shows you love it. Craft kits are available at Creative Studio while supplies last. (847) 663-1234 or nmdl.libnet.info.
Winter Film Series – “Playtime”: Virtually Thursday, December 23, Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. Sign up to receive a pre-recorded intro and reviews from resident film expert Scott Siegel, as well as a link to watch the film at home via the library’s Hoopla or Kanopy streaming services. Astonishing scenography in this almost dialogue-free masterpiece by French director Jacques Tati. winnetkalibrary.org.
Christmas Eve worship: Children’s Service: 5 p.m. Friday, December 24, candlelight service 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1024 Lake Ave., Wilmette. Join Trinity and her guests for a holiday worship service in person or online with candles, festive music and a Christmas message for all ages. (847) 251-7333 or trinitywilmette.com.
Laser engrave a pair of champagne flutes: 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 26 at the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. Prepare your end of year celebrations by engraving your own champagne flutes. (847) 446-7220 or winnetkalibrary.org.
School trip camp: 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 27 at the North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook. When school is over, the Y is in it. Work worry-free with Camp Y – fun field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, arts and crafts and more are in store for your kids while they’re out of school. The cost is $ 60 / day for Y members; $ 75 / day for non-members. Register: (847) 272-7250 or nsymca.org.
Second Winter Camp Session – Rock City World Tour: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, December 27 to Friday, December 31, Bach at Rock Northbrook, 1141 Church Street, Northbrook. With instruments as diverse as African hand drums and Australian didgeridoos, adventurers play and explore music and instruments with guided movement activities and music-inspired storytelling experiences. Kids will love spending their week immersed in this global musical vacation. Parents can enjoy a show highlighting many of these musical adventures on the last day of camp. 5-7 years. $ 199. (224) 904-3190 or northbrook.b2rmusic.com.
Your space: 5 p.m. Monday, December 27 at the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Welcome to a new week. Head to the Teen Room on Monday nights for board games, Nintendo Switch games, music, crafts and more. Get out there and relax before the week is gone. (847) 256-5025 or wilmettelibrary.info.
Alliance Française du North Shore Apéro Conversation: Virtually at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 27. Join us online for a relaxed French conversation led by native or fluent speakers. Listening in French is encouraged; all levels are welcome. Pour yourself a glass of wine or other drink, gather some snacks, and make yourself comfortable at home for this online chat group. For the meeting link: Meetup.com/afnorthshore; [email protected]; (847) 858-1274 or AFnorthshore.org.
School trip camp: 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 28 at the North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook. When school is over, the Y is in it. Work worry-free with Camp Y – fun field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, arts and crafts and more are in store for your kids while they’re out of school. The cost is $ 60 / day for Y members; $ 75 / day for non-members. Register: (847) 272-7250 or nsymca.org.
Knitting and crochet with Fiber Friends: 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 28 at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. If you’re interested in knitting and crochet, come learn, work on your latest project, or help a beginner develop their skills. Drop-in event for all skill levels. Bring your own project and yarn or join a group effort. You can also bring yarn to help with community projects. The group donated scarves to Operation Gratitude and newborn hats for the American Heart Association’s Heart Awareness campaign. All participants should follow the library’s pandemic safety guidelines. skokielibrary.info.
Family quiz evening: Virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, Glenview Public Library. Test your knowledge in four rounds of winter-themed quizzes and see if you can freeze the competition. Prizes awarded to the team or individual with the highest score. Program presented virtually via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with an invitation to join the webinar. Registration required. glenviewpl.org
School trip camp: 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 29 at the YMCA North Suburban, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook. When school is over, the Y is in it. Work worry-free with Camp Y – fun field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, arts and crafts and more are in store for your kids while they’re out of school. The cost is $ 60 / day for Y members; $ 75 / day for non-members. Register: (847) 272-7250 or nsymca.org.
Lifeguard learning and review course: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 29 and Thursday, December 30 at the YMCA North Suburban, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook. Learn the skills and knowledge required to become a certified American Red Cross lifeguard, including how to recognize, prevent and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies. Learn CPR for the professional rescuer, AED and first aid. Classes take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $ 250. Sign Up: Email Missy Contri, NSYMCA Water Sports Director, at [email protected] (847) 272-7250 or nsymca.org.
Lego Builders – Winter Break Edition: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 at the Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. For children from grades 1 to 6. Do you like Lego and use your imagination? The library will be pulling out its giant stash of Lego parts for an awesome building challenge. Registration required. This is an in-person, indoor program. Masks are compulsory for all participants. glencoepubliclibrary.org.
David Kovac’s magic show: Nearly 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, Morton Grove Public Library. Mr. Kovac’s comedic magic conjures up wonderfully entertaining feats of illusion involving journals, numbers, borrowed money, secret envelopes, and the world’s most impossible card tricks. mgpl.org/events or (847) 965-4220.
Andertoons – The wide world of wacky winter sports: Virtually at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29, Wilmette Public Library. Kids will learn to draw all kinds of silly sporting events and then draw their own stories. (847) 256-5025 or wilmettelibrary.info.
Craft hour (adults and teens): 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 29 at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Head to the Innovation Center for an hour of crafting to explore creative techniques in each session. glenviewpl.org.