Tis the season to find the Grinch throughout Naperville’s independent business community. Look for the Grinch in the Little Friends Parade of Lights. Then grow your heart three sizes with the Grinch this holiday season. Three cheers! Local matters.

Friday

Planetarium Family Night – 5:30PM | $2 in advance
Waubonsie Valley High School – 2590 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL 60504
The community is invited to the holiday show, “George & Oatmeal Save Santa,” on Fri., Nov. 30 at the Waubonsie Valley High School Planetarium. The show will run every 30 minutes starting at 5:30PM. This is a special animated program for young audiences. In addition to the planetarium show, students from the WVHS Early Childhood Teaching Lab will provide small holiday themed crafts for kids from 5-6:30PM. Crafts are included with the purchase of a planetarium show ticket. All visitors must purchase a $2 ticket in advance online. Visit the planetarium’s website for more information.

Winnie the Pooh – 7PM | $5-$10
Naperville North High School Performing Arts Center – 899 N. Mill St. Naperville, IL 60563
Winnie the Pooh is one of the most beloved children’s tale of all time. This play, based on the book by A.A. Milne and adapted by Kristin Sergel, follows your favorite bear of very little brain through his adventures with his friends. All of your favorite characters are there: Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Showtimes are November 30 at 7PM, December 1 at 11AM and 4PM and December 2 at 2PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. All seats reserved. Tickets are available at www.nnhsarts.com and at the door.

Crazy Hat Night –  Central Illinois Flying Aces vs. Chicago Steel – 7:05PM | $10-$20
Fox Valley Ice Arena – 1996 S Kirk Road Geneva, IL 60134
Join the Chicago Steel Hockey Team for Crazy Hat Night presented by School of Art with a special custom helmet auction to benefit Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope. The Steel encourage fans to come wearing their favorite crazy hat! It’s fast-paced affordable family fun, and watch the futures stars of college and pro hockey. Tickets start at just $10, and parking is  free. Come watch the top rising hockey stars in the world up-close with affordable seats right on the glass in the Central Illinois Flying Aces vs. Chicago Steel match up. Puck drops at 7:05PM on Friday, November 30 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva. Visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com for tickets.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – 8PM | $25-$30 Seniors/Students $25 Adults $30
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall  – 31 S. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60540
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs Nov 23 thru Dec 9. Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue in Naperville. Lyrics by Tim Rice | music by Andrew Lloyd Webber directed by Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass musically directed by Jon Neuhoff | choreographed by Jeni Donahue. Tickets $25-$30. www.brightsidetheatre.com. (630) 447-8497. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors is set to a cornucopia of musical styles bringing this timely and timeless Old Testament tale to vibrant life. 

Saturday

Casey’s Saturday Specials – 8AM | $ per Portion
Naperville Plaza – Washington at Gartner Naperville, IL 60540
Casey’s Quality Meat! Casey’s NY Strip Steaks only $12.49 /lb.  Also, ​Casey’s Blue Cheese Double Baked Potatoes only $1.99/each. This Saturday from 8AM – 7PM Only  * While Supplies Last! *

Gingerbread Junction Craft Fair – 9AM | $3
Thayer J Hill Middle School – 1836 Brookdale Road Naperville, IL 60563
Hill Middle Schools PTSA will hold its annual Gingerbread Junction Craft Fair with over 40 artisans displaying vintage designs, doll clothes, headbands & bows, hand-crafted jewelry (silver, beads, clay), pottery, water-color art prints, stained glass, wood art, knits, fabric & quilts, holiday decor, candles, handmade soaps and more.

Christkindlemarket Naperville and Rotary Sunrise Naper Lights – All day
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
Experience an outdoor German holiday season market with all the sights, sounds, and magic of the season as well as delicious treats, wonderful handmade ornaments, and gifts at Naper Settlement. Then explore the light display presented by the Naperville Sunrise Rotary Club beginning at 4PM. Hours vary each day through Dec. 24.  

Little Friends Parade of Lights – 7PM | Free CANCELED! CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER!
Downtown Naperville
Little Friends, in partnership with the Downtown Naperville Alliance, will hold their annual Parade of Lights at 7PM through downtown Naperville on Saturday, December 1.  Parade goers will enjoy an evening of festivities, brightly illuminated floats and musical entertainment as the community gathers together for a showcase of holiday spirit and good cheer. Come on downtown before or stay after the parade, and discover shopping and dining, too. (Note, the 2018 parade is canceled and with plans to return in 2019.)

Sunday

Santa Photos during Breakfast at Quigley’s Irish Pub – 10AM to 2PM | Cost of lunch / breakfast
Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Come to Quigley’s for photos with Santa and an Irish breakfast. Pet photos outside on the patio beginning at 9:30AM until Santa goes inside at 10AM. Quigley’s is located at 43. E. Jefferson Ave., just steps from the Wentz Concert Hall and even closer to Central Park. 

Naperville Municipal Band Holiday Concert – 12:45PM | Free
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The Naperville Municipal Band performs a one-hour holiday concert with Christmas carols and seasonal favorites at 12:45PM Sun., Dec. 2, in the Wentz Concert Hall. Admission is free of charge.  (Note: Tuba Christmas, usually scheduled on the first Saturday in December, is expected to return in 2019.)

Dedication of Laughing Lincoln sculpture in Central Park – 2PM | Free
Central Park – 104 E Benton Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
At 2PM Sun., Dec. 2, the Laughing Lincoln Century Walk sculpture will be dedicated in Central Park. (At the moment, this dedication is scheduled rain or shine. If plans change, this note will be updated.)

Century Walk Celebrates Bicentennial – 3PM | $100 – Walk-ins Welcome
North Central College Fine Arts Center – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
After the Laughing Lincoln dedication, a Century Walk fundraiser ($100 per person) will follow at 3PM in the North Central College Fine Arts Center. The fundraiser celebrates the 200th Birthday of the State of Illinois (Dec. 3) as well as Century Walk’s 50th location of outdoor public art. Walk-ins are welcome to pay at the door via credit card, cash or check made payable to Century Walk. (Organizers of this event for Century Walk have notified PN that “Century Walk is #5 on the Bicentennial Bucket List” in a lifestyles travel story for the Chicago Tribune.)

And there’s more!

Look forward with photo-enhanced stories every day on the Latest NewsIn addition to events and other happenings, find public meeting notices scheduled at the Naperville Municipal Center.

With more than 260 eateries sure to whet every appetite and budget, local restaurants will be serving up special events and benefits all during November. 

For what’s new on the local dining scene, visit www.dinenaperville.com

December 

Hanukkah (Chanukah) – Dec. 2-10, 2018 / Hanukkah (Chanukah) begins in the evening of Sun., Dec., 2, and is celebrated for eight days, ending in the evening of Mon., Dec. 10. A candle in the menorah near the Riverwalk Covered Bridge by the holiday tree will be lighted each evening.

Check out PN’s memories of Santa with opportunities around town to meet the jolly old elf for lunch, brunch or just a friendly visit to share a wish list. Many free opportunities for keepsake photos, too.

Check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.

On the navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity GolfFestivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’sNorth Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.