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Note a few things to do in December before the holiday rush


Above / Sometimes a simple snowman head speaks silently for this season of wonder…

Welcome to December in Naperville! 

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Go walk! Go bike! Go shop! Go explore! By night, enjoy the bright N.E.W.S of colorful lights from one neighborhood to the next throughout this well-illuminated community.

Have you ever seen such a sight in your life as holiday lights along Raintree Drive?

The posts on this page are arranged miscellaneously and/or by hosting location or organization. Events in this active community feature many choices—and never more than at Christmastime.

Have you been by the “Believe” house to see what’s new for 2022?

Enjoy delightful rides aboard Naperville Trolley & Tours 

Now thru Dec. 27 / Naperville Trolley & Tours announces it’s time to check the list of available public trolley rides and tours for the holidays, now through Dec. 27. Book PUBLIC (individual) and December Holiday Lights. (No tours Christmas Day or after Dec. 27.) Reservation opportunities are now live! Find info about the fun trolley-la-la-la, la-la-la la tours and daytime trips to the Christkindlmarket in Aurora with a two-hour experience on Thursdays, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 21 at www.napervilletrolley.com. Simply find reservation info under “Book Public Tours.” Ask about “Trolley” Christmas ornaments, too.

Climb aboard. Sing along now…Trolley-la-la-la…La-la-la-la! 

Naperville Art League annual ‘Gallery of Gifts’ on exhibit & for sale

Visit the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery to see how they deck the walls for the holidays, 508 N. Center Street at Fifth Avenue. Thanks for supporting fine art by local artists.

Now / Naperville Art League annual “Gallery of Gifts” of fine art and crafts sale runs through December 23 at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St. One-of-a-kind, affordable art by over 30 local artists includes jewelry, ornaments, greeting cards, wall art, wearable art, home décor, glass art, photography, books, specialty soaps, and more. Gift certificates can be purchased via the website www.napervilleartleague.com and can be used for classes, merchandise or league membership. Gallery hours are 10AM to 5PM Tuesdays through Fridays; 10AM to 4PM Saturdays. Admission is FREE. Thanks for supporting local artists!

Discover the heart of the City in Downtown Naperville

Now thru Dec. 11 / Write a wish list to Santa. place it in an envelop with name and return address, then drop in the Mail Box along Main Street, just north of Jefferson Ave., so it can be sent express mail to the North Pole. Then experience the heart of the central business district featuring 150-plus shops, 50-plus eateries and plenty of places for seasonal treats amid the recently completed new streetscape that provides easier accessibility along the sidewalks. All the downtown Naperville merchants welcome shoppers and diners every day, and especially during the ho-ho-holiday season.

And if you’re in a toy store or toy department, consider purchasing a brand new unwrapped toy for a youngster to receive, thanks to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Toys are just what Toys for Tots is collecting before Dec. 10. Look for the Toys for Tots logo on collection boxes at Naperville Park District facilities, Beidelman Kunsch Funeral Homes and Rosie’s Home Cookin’, to name a few of many locations around town.

Naperville Park Police Chief Steve Schindlbeck and Sgt. John Driscoll are grateful for all new unwrapped Toys for Tots’ donations.  The collection continues until Sun., Dec. 11. (NPD Photo Added, Dec. 6, 2022)

Dec. 5 / Naperville Community Unit School District 203 will hold a meeting beginning at 7PM Mon., Dec. 5, 2022, in the District Administration Building, 203 W. Hillside. (Closed session at 6:30PM) For the agenda, visit go.boarddocs.com/il/naperville203/Board.nsf/vpublic?open.

Ballot order for Naperville City Council candidates was projected on the big screens in Council Chambers for 11 of 12 hopefuls running to serve as council members and two of three hopefuls running for Mayor. In less than 10 minutes, the order was in place for candidates running in the nonpartisan municipal election on April 4, 2023.

Update! Dec. 6 / Lottery for Ballot Order begins at noon Tues., Dec. 6, for the nonpartisan Naperville City Council Election on April 4, 2023. Drawing will take place in Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. Note: The public is welcome. Candidates are not required to attend. Posted 12:30PM, Dec. 6 / Approximately 30 individuals were in attendance to observe the lottery for ballot order organized by Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger with assistance by City Service Director Pam Gallahue. First listed in alphabetical order (see screen image above) and included in the hopper with a corresponding numbered ball, the 11 candidates eligible for the lottery were either first to submit petition packets at 8AM Nov. 21 or last to submit between 4 and 5PM Nov. 28. Krieger drew the numbers one by one. Thanks for taking an interest in the nonpartisan Consolidated Election and getting to know all candidates during upcoming meet & greet events.

Dec. 6 / City Council meeting begins at 7PM. Recommended at $603,462,981, the FY2023 Budget is expected to be approved during the meeting. (Note the proposed budget reflects an increase of 11.6% from the FY2022 Budget.) Find the council agenda and other posted meetings and workshops at naperville.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2.

Dec. 6 / West Suburban Irish Quiz Night is set for 7PM Tues., Dec. 6., at Quigley’s Irish Pub. Trivia game play begins for teams of eight or less at 7PM. For more information about all programs and events hosted by the West Suburban Irish, visit www.wsirish.org.

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Dec. 7 / National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day / In peaceful observance, pause and reflect on Wed., Dec. 7, 2022, at one of Naperville’s many Veterans Memorials such as Veterans Valor to remember the 81st anniversary of the surprise strike on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy, a time when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Dec. 7, 1941, to be a “date which will live in infamy.” Veterans Valor honors five WWII Veterans from Naperville— Army 1st Lt. Al Rubin, Platoon Commander; Army Staff Sgt. Leo Kuefler, Tank Commander; Army Air Corps Cpt. Vinnie Mazza, B-24 Pilot; Navy Lt. Bob Wehrli, Pt. Boat Commander; and Marine Corps 1st Lt. Don Darfler, Fighter Pilot—all of whom returned home to represent patriotism and sacrifices of individuals who have served and fought for freedom around the globe. 

The Century Walk sculpture Veterans Valor by artist Shirley McWorter-Moss is located along Washington Street at Van Buren Avenue. (PN File Photo)

Dec. 8 / Friends of Scott Wehrli for Naperville Mayor will host a meet and greet event beginning at 6PM Thurs., Dec. 8. The evening is planned with an opportunity to meet the mayoral candidate running in the nonpartisan Consolidated Election on April 4, 2023. The meet & greet will be held at South Naperville Aurelio’s, located at 1975 Springbrook Square. Appetizers will be served. Cash bar will be available. Kindly RSVP at scott@scottwehrli.com. 

(Please note Candidate Meet & Greet Opportunities Welcome: PN has a long tradition of featuring “meet & greet” events for candidates in the City’s nonpartisan elections. Candidates with websites are welcome to simply send who, what, when, where and cost, and the event will be included in a calendar of free-to-attend candidate events coming soon to this website. Thank you.) 

Dec. 9 / Mayor’s Interfaith Community Breakfast hosted by Fry Family YMCA begins at 7:30AM Fri., Dec. 9. An inspirational morning will celebrate the promise of hope, featuring keynote speaker Tom Beerntsen, former CEO of the Heritage YMCA and beloved member of the Naperville community.  All proceeds from the event provide financial assistance to children, adults, and families to enjoy the many benefits of YMCA membership regardless of their ability to pay. Program begins at 8AM at Fry Family YMCA, 2120 95th St. TKTs are $30 each. For info, click here.

Dec. 9 / WVHS Planetarium Holiday Family Night runs 5-7PM Fri., Dec. 9. Join the WVHS Planetarium and the WVHS Early Childhood Learning Lab for a night of holiday fun! Santa is lost and forgot his star map at home. A snowman named Oatmeal and a planetarium wizard named George travel around the world looking for Santa. Along the way, they learn about cultural constellations and celestial navigation. This cute planetarium program called ‘George & Oatmeal Save Santa’ will be showing at 5:30, 6, 6:30, or 7PM. In addition to the planetarium show, make ornaments and holiday crafts in the preschool classroom (located next to the planetarium). Tickets are $4 per person and include crafts with one planetarium show (*select time when purchasing). Purchase online at planetarium.ipsd.org. Enter the event at building door #11. WVHS is located at 2590 Ogden Avenue in Aurora.

Tuba Christmas returns with comfort & joy for the holidays

Oh, the memories a decorated tuba can make! (PN File Photo 2013)

Dec. 10 / TubaChristmas returns to the front yard of US Bank, Jefferson at Washington streets, beginning at 11AM Sat., Dec. 10. Bundle up to enjoy the sounds of tubas and euphoniums performing traditional holiday music and Christmas carols during the one-hour outdoor concert. FREE.

Dec. 10 / North Central College will make history on Dec. 10. For the first time ever the Cardinals will welcome spectators when they host the national semifinals for the NCAA Division III at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. That playoff game will be broadcast at 2:30PM CST on ESPN-Plus. The national semifinals will match the undefeated North Central College Cardinals (13-0) against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders (12-1). Other final details of the semifinal playoffs TBA soon.

Pictures with Santa & the Leprechaun at Quigley’s on Dec. 11

For more than a decade, “Pictures with Santa and the Leprechaun” has been a popular special event on a Sunday afternoon at Quigley’s Irish Pub. Compliments of Quigley’s, the Leprechaun and the staff join Santa to welcome all ages to bring their cameras to take family photos with the jolly old elf. This year’s photo opportunities take place from 11AM to 2PM Sun., Dec. 11. (PN File Photo)

Now / Every Day at Quigley’s… Last month marked 24 years for Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Avenue. This month find what all the regulars call “EDAQ” camaraderie with classic Irish fare, bar bites, cold beverages, World Cup Soccer play on TV and a visit from that Jolly Old Elf in the red suit. Enjoy live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And if you wish to check availability to book a holiday party, special event, fundraiser or meeting at Quigley’s, just call General Manager Andy Nosek at (630) 428-4774. Andy!

NMB Holiday Concert is set for 3PM Sun., Dec. 11

Find Wentz Concert Hall at 171 E. Chicago Avenue, just steps from downtown Naperville.

Dec. 11 / The Naperville Municipal Band will host its annual Holiday Concert featuring traditional songs of the season and Christmas carols at 3PM Sun., Dec. 11. The song fest will appear on stage at Wentz Concert Hall in the North Central College Fine Arts Center. The concert is free of admission charge with open seating. For more information about the Naperville Municipal Band, visit www.napervilleband.org. FREE.

Dec. 12-19 / Petition packets must be filed for candidates running to serve on the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners as well as boards of education for School District 203 and School District 204. Candidates for both boards of education file via DuPage County, the location of their administration buildings.

Dec.  12, 13, 14 / In the event of petition challenges for candidates running to serve City Council in the 2023 Consolidated Election, hearings must be conducted by 5PM on Wed., Dec. 14, 2022. Update! During the ballot placement proceedings, City Manager Doug Krieger noted objections had been filed by three Naperville residents regarding City Council nomination petitions of Nag Jaiswal and Derek McDaniel and the Mayoral nomination petition of Tiffany Stephens. The three-member electoral board of Mayor Steve Chirico, Councilman Paul Hinterlong and Community Service Director Pam Gallahue will evaluate the objections to determine their merits. The hearings are slated to begin at 9AM Mon., Dec. 12, in Council Chambers. The public is welcome to attend. 

Dec. 16 / North Central College football Cardinals head to 2023 NCAA Division III Finals, aka “Stagg Bowl,” in Annapolis, Maryland. North Central College topped defending National Champion Mary Hardin-Baylor by a 49-14 score during the semi-finals at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium on Dec. 3. Departing on Dec. 15, North Central football heads to face Mount Union Raiders from Alliance, Ohio, in the Stagg Bowl which will be played at 6PM Fri., Dec. 16, in Annapolis, Maryland. 

Dec. 17 / Claus for a cause! From noon to 3PM Sat., Dec. 17, capture the magic at a “Picture with Santa” event for Naperville Tornado Relief at BaseCamp Pub located at 5750 Lakeside Drive in Lisle. Kids can color, and will leave with a candy cane and holiday pencil. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Naperville Tornado Relief partnered with the nonprofit M.P. Foundation on a one-year initiative to clean up glass and debris still embedded in yards following the 2021 EF3 tornado that struck Southeast Naperville. Click here to see how tax deductible donations will make yards safe for children to use. Children deserve to walk on grass not glass!

Dec. 18 / Public Lighting of the Giant Menorah is set for 4PM Sun., Dec. 18, at the Riverwalk Amphitheater (corner of Jackson Ave & Eagle St) and will be accompanied by Chanukah songs, donuts, hot latkes, drinks, Gelt and more. Chanukah, a celebration for all time, is highlighted by the kindling of the Menorah each night of the holiday. Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness. Chanukah (Hanukkah) 2022 starts at nightfall on Dec. 18, 2022, and ends with nightfall on Dec. 26, 2022. 

Enjoy the colorful illumination of NaperLights along Water Street and mosey over the Riverwalk Moser Covered Bridge to all the bright white lights throughout downtown Naperville.

In the spirit of the season, thanks for reminding family, friends and neighbors about these holiday happenings set to music during this most wonderful time of the year. Celebrate safely.

Dec. 19 / The next regular Board of Education meeting is at 7PM on Mon., Dec. 19, 2022, at the Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora. Meeting agendas and documents will be available online prior to the meeting. Video of the regular meeting can be streamed live or viewed the following day at the District’s YouTube channel.

Dec. 25 / Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night. Peace.

Dec. 29 / Singer Joe Cantafio is set to return at 7PM Thurs., Dec. 29, to Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Cantafio will entertain with an encore performance on his guitar, taking the audience down Memory Lane, recounting his Naperville experiences that started back in the late 1980s at Exchange Club’s Ribfest. Cantafio also welcomes his audiences to sing along to his favorite songs as he celebrates “50 Years in Rock ‘n Roll.” 

Receive warm welcomes every day & New Year’s Eve at Meson Sabika

Meson Sabika in the historic mansion is located at 1025 Aurora Avenue.

Now / Enjoy lunch or dinner in the historic mansion at Meson Sabika any wintry day. For information about the annual New Year’s Eve festivities at the popular tapas restaurant, click here. To place advance reservations for lunch or dinner, fundraisers, weddings, holiday private parties or other special occasions now and throughout 2023, visit www.mesonsabika.com. And consider that Meson Sabika Gift Certificates make perfect gifts!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Quigley’s / BYO Custom Koozie

Folks create fond memories celebrating New Year’s Eve Dublin Time at Quigley’s Irish Pub. (PN File Photo, 2013)

Dec. 31 / Festivities for New Year’s Eve Dublin Time begin at 3PM Sat., Dec. 31. Live entertainment will be performed by Cirrus Falcon from 3PM to 7PM. Cheers to the Irish New Year with a toast at 6PM. Pub closes at 8PM.

In the spirit of the season, thanks for reminding family, friends and neighbors about these holiday happenings, many set to music during this most wonderful time of the year.

And so on…

365 days a year shop and dine locally! If planning a weekend or a staycation in Naperville, consider overnight stays at www.visitnaperville.com. Check out more than 270 dining locations at www.dinenaperville.com.

NOTE! Pre-registration is recommended/required for most events. Expect admission charge unless marked FREE! “FREE” admission is compliments of the sponsoring organizations. (Remember, nothing is really free of charge. Some individual or some business foots the bill for your pleasure.) Also note that event details, dates, times and policies are subject to change.

Thanks for your participation and patience! We’re keenly aware this post is long—and we’re grateful the community is beginning to plan its holiday traditions again. Thanks for connecting while reading all the way down!

Note also that this post may be updated throughout the month with new events. Some events may be deleted soon after they have happened. Cheers!

Last Updated, Dec. 5, 2022.

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