Need a holiday plan? Check out this list of Naperville events

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Naper Lights on Water Street, featuring giant holiday light displays, decorated light poles and trees synchronized to holiday music, will be open to the public from Nov. 23 to Jan. 1. (Naperville Sunrise Rotary/HANDOUT)
If you need a little Christmas — right this very minute or maybe a little closer to the big day — you’ll have no problem finding it in Naperville.
These are but some of the many concerts, events, productions, movies, cookie sales, light displays and other things you can check out now through Dec. 25 (and a few that will go all the way through Jan. 1).
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Monday, Nov. 20-Monday, Dec. 18
Letters to Santa at the North Pole can be dropped off at the mailbox located at 41 W. Jefferson Ave. If the letter includes a name and return address, Santa will have time to write back.
Thursday, Nov. 23-Monday, Jan. 1
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Naper Lights on Water Street, a free holiday light display organized by Naperville Sunrise Rotary, features giant displays, decorated light poles and trees synchronized to holiday music. Santa will be available at Jaycee’s Park for photos from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24-26.
Magical Holiday Painted Windows featuring polar bear-themed artwork will be on display all around downtown Naperville.
November through Sunday, Dec. 24
Santa will be meeting with children at his Peanuts Christmas Experience home on the lower level of Macy’s Court in the Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (with daily breaks from 3 to 4 p.m.). Christmas Eve hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (break from 1 to 2 p.m.). Photo packages start at $39.99. Reservations in advance include a free personalized call from Santa. For more information, go to www.shopfoxvalleymall.com/event/photos-with-santa/2146500145.
The Believe House at 630 Vicksburg Court is among the most elaborately decorated in Naperville during the Christmas holidays. (The Believe House/HANDOUT)
Thursday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Dec. 31
The Believe House, decorated from top to bottom for the holidays and an official Salvation Army donation location, will be open nightly from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. and overnight on Christmas Eve at 630 Vicksburg Court. There is no charge to view. For more information, go to www.believehouse.com.
Friday, Nov. 24
The Holiday Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Naperville, steps off at 7 p.m. near Centennial Beach on Jackson Avenue, following Webster Street to Van Buren Street and ending at Eagle and Van Buren streets. The grandstand, with entertainment prior to the parade, will be set up at Webster and Jackson streets. NCTV17 will provide a livestream of the parade, which will also be rebroadcast later. For more information, go to napervillerotaryparade.org.
Saturday, Nov. 25-Wednesday, Dec. 6
Santa’s Sleigh Tour will makes its way through 80 Naperville neighborhoods over 12 nights so that children can come out and wave to Santa. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. nightly. Go to www.santassleightour.org for a list of where Santa will be on a given night and to watch for his location via a GPS tracker.
Monday, Nov. 27-Wednesday, Dec. 20
Magical elves will be hidden in store windows and inside stores waiting to be found by children. A list of the participating businesses will be at downtownnaperville.com. A chance to win prizes is available for those who find them all. For more information, go to downtownnaperville.com.
Monday, Nov. 27-Thursday, Dec. 21
Santa will meet with families and pose for photos from 5 to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at his workshop at the Naperville Riverwalk Paddleboat Quarry Rentals, 441 Aurora Ave. Cost is $10 for resident families, $15 for nonresident families for available time slots. Advance registation required. To register or for more information, go to napervilleparks.org/santasworkshop.
Cary Grant, from left, David Niven and Loretta Young star in the film “The Bishop’s Wife,” which will be screened Nov. 27 at the 95th Street Library. (John Springer Collection / Corbis via Getty Images)
Monday, Nov. 27
A screening of the 1947 holiday film “The Bishop’s Wife,” starring Loretta Young, Cary Grant and David Niven, will be shown at 1 p.m. at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. A moderated discussion will follow. For more information, go to www.naperville-lib.org/274/95th-Street-Library.
Thursday, Nov. 30-Friday, Dec. 1
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The Naperville Garden Club’s annual Cup of Cheer house walk, holiday market and tea will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $60 for Thursday and $45 for Friday and include access to four homes and the market and include a commemorative teacup and saucer or mug. The market is at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 W. Jackson Ave., and will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.napervillegardenclub.org or in person at The Growing Place, 25 W. 471 Plank Road; John Greene Realtor, 1311 S. Route 59; and Baird and Warner Realtors, 836 W. 75th St.
Thursday, Nov. 30
The Weed Ladies Sale of holiday floral displays will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pre-Emption House at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. There is no cost to attend. For more information, go to www.napersettlement.org/238/Weed-Ladies-Floral-Sales.
Friday, Dec. 1
The Weed Ladies Sale of holiday floral displays will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pre-Emption House at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. There is no cost to attend. For more information, go to www.napersettlement.org/238/Weed-Ladies-Floral-Sales.
A free Carol Sing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Naperville Presbyterian Church, 943 Sanctuary Lane, followed by a dessert reception. For more information, go to www.npchurch.org/events.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Santa will be at Naperville Crossings, 2656-2940 Showplace Drive, from 1 to 4 p.m. to meet with children about their Christmas wish lists. For more infomation, go to www.phillipsedison.com/shopnapervillecrossings.
Erin Oechsel will present “Merry Musings: A Christmas Cabaret!” Dec. 3 at North Central College’s Madden Theater. – Original Credit: (North Central College/HANDOUT)
Sunday, Dec. 3
Erin Oechsel’s “Merry Musings: A Christmas Cabaret!” will be presented at 6 p.m. at North Central College’s Madden Theater, 171 Chicago Ave. Tickets range from $30 to $35 and can be purchased at www.northcentralcollege.edu/show/artists/erin-oechsel.
Monday, Dec. 4
A Spaghetti with Santa event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy-Naperville, 1847 Freedom Drive. Cost is $30 and includes a buffet meal, hot chocolate, photos with Santa and a bag of reindeer food for each child. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com.
Monday, Dec. 4, and Thursday, Dec. 7
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Naperville Public Library is holding a Felt Holiday Lights Garland craft event for adults from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. No registration required, but space is limited to the first 20 participants. For more information, go to naperville-lib.org/274/95th-Street-Library.
Thursday, Dec. 7
The Weed Ladies Sale of holiday floral displays will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pre-Emption House at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. There is no cost to attend. For more information, go to www.napersettlement.org/238/Weed-Ladies-Floral-Sales.
Friday to Sunday, Dec. 8-10
The Elise Flagg Academy of Dance will present “The Naperville Nutcracker” at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 9, and 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Ticket prices range from $30 to $40 and can be purchased at www.northcentralcollege.edu.
Friday, Dec. 8
Holly Jolly Days, featuring holiday crafts, Christmas stories, Victorian Christmas photos, blacksmith forge demonstrations and other activities, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Holiday arrangements will be available for purchase at the Weed Ladies Winter Sale. Cost is $5 per person, free for children under 4. For more information, go to www.napersettlement.org/659/Holly-Jolly-Days.
A Christmas Cookie Walk will be held Dec. 9 at Zion Lutheran Church in Naperville, with proceeds benefitting charitable causes. (Anna Williams/The New York Times)
Saturday, Dec. 9
A Christmas Cookie Walk will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 11007 Book Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. Congregation members will be selling home-baked creations for $10 a pound. Proceeds will benefit local and national charitable causes. For more information, go to www.zionnaperville.org/upcoming-events.
Holly Jolly Days, featuring holiday crafts, Christmas stories, Victorian Christmas photos, blacksmith forge demonstrations and other activities, will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Holiday arrangements will be available for purchase at the Weed Ladies Winter Sale. Cost is $5 per person, free for children under 4. For more information, go to www.napersettlement.org/659/Holly-Jolly-Days.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11
Naperville Chorus “Holiday Harmonies: Handel to Jazz” with the Pete Ellman Big Band will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets range from $25 to $30 and can be purchased at northcentralcollege.edu/show/artists/swing-into-christmas.
Sunday, Dec. 10
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A Santa Brunch is being held at 9:30 a.m. and noon at Elements at Water Street, 123 Water St. Santa will take photos by the Christmas tree, with photos and frames for purchase. Cost is $35 for ages 3 to 12, $45 for those 13 and older, free for children under 3. Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Brianna at 630-496-8249 or blarson@elementsnaperville.com.
A Live Nativity scene will be free for viewing from 2 to 8 p.m. at The Compass Church, 1551 Hobson Road. The Christmas story will be told in five scenes with recorded narration, effects, and live actors and animals.
Monday, Dec. 11
A Spaghetti with Santa event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy-Naperville, 1847 Freedom Drive. Cost is $30 and includes a buffet meal, hot chocolate, photos with Santa and a bag of reindeer food for each child. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com.
Friday, Dec. 15
Holly Jolly Days, featuring holiday crafts, Christmas stories, Victorian Christmas photos, blacksmith forge demonstrations, and other activities, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Holiday arrangements will be available at the Weed Ladies Winter Sale. Cost is $5 per person, free for children under 4. For more information, go to www.napersettlement.org/659/Holly-Jolly-Days.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Holly Jolly Days, featuring holiday crafts, Christmas stories, Victorian Christmas photos, blacksmith forge demonstrations, and other activities, will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Holiday arrangements will be available at the Weed Ladies Winter Sale. Cost is $5 per person, free for children under 4. For more information, go to www.napersettlement.org/659/Holly-Jolly-Days.
The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party” will be presented at 8 p.m. at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets range from $45 to $55 and can be purchased at northcentralcollege.edu/show/artists/voodoo-daddy.
Sunday, Dec. 17
DuPage Symphony Orchestra “Holly Jolly Harmonies” will be presented at 2 and 4 p.m. at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets range from $6 to $21 and can be purchased at northcentralcollege.edu/show/artists/dso-holly-jolly.
Editor’s note: Some events were excluded from this list because they are already sold out.

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