5 Things to Do: December 12-14

The number of local holiday events continues to increase as we get closer to Christmas and Hanukkah.

Spend time with your family at a Chicago museum’s celebration of Swedish tradition before making your way up to Libertyville for a day of holiday fun. Then, spend time together creating your very own menorah. You can also spend some time with friends or significant other as you continue your holiday shopping at an artisanal market that features the best from local businesses.

Or, if you need a little break from holiday madness, get your tickets today for Broadway in Chicago’s latest hit.

Disney’s “Newsies” 

Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Opens Dec. 12

This Tony Award-winning musical is (finally!) coming to Chicago and is sure to heat things up with rousing dance numbers and hit songs like “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day” and “King of New York.”

Lucia Celebration

Photo courtesy of the Swedish American Museum.

Dec. 13

Spend a day at the Swedish American Museum and stay for the traditional Lucia celebration, complete with songs, readings and a procession through Andersonville. You can also celebrate at Daley Plaza on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Dickens of a Holiday

Photo courtesy of MainStreet Libertyville.

Dec. 13

Stop by Downtown Libertyville this Saturday for photos with Santa and a Children’s Holiday Shoppe, where kids can pick out perfect gifts with the help of Santa’s elves. There will also be a showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and tours of the Ansel B. Cook House.


Photo courtesy of Dose Market.

Dec. 14

This favorite artisanal market’s fourth annual holiday-themed event will feature 100 local businesses and 15 from around the county. Once you find the perfect gift, have it wrapped, all while enjoying music and other holiday cheer.

Menorah Workshop 

Photo courtesy of Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook.

Dec. 14

Create your own Menorah from wood and other supplies at The Home Depot. Families will also meet Judah Maccabee and enjoy Hanukkah refreshments.