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Updates! Consider some highlights of Naperville now through Dec. 31 


Above / Naperville and communities around the world present big red bows as outward signs of hope. Celebrate safely with peace, comfort and joy throughout the holiday season and into the New Year.

Be jolly! Go walk! Go shop! Go explore! By night, enjoy the bright colorful lights from one neighborhood to the next throughout this well-illuminated community.

Take tours throughout well-illuminated Naperville subdivisions to celebrate the holiday season with gratitude to all for the spectacular gifts of light displays. A creche representing the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth is illuminated among colorful bright lights and silent night along Ambleside Court in West Wind.

The posts and photos 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 Thursday, Dec. 22, at www.napervilletrolley.com. Simply find recent “weather alerts,” dress recommendations and 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

(Please note Candidate Meet & Greet Opportunities Welcome & Listing Coming soon: 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 admission cost (if any), and the event will be included in a calendar of free-to-attend candidate events coming soon to this website. Thank you.) 

Magical Holiday Windows in Downtown Naperville / All during the holiday season in Downtown Naperville, experience more than window shopping with sights of the Magical Holiday Painted Windows – where windows become art. See where you can find all of the snowman-themed paintings. Click HERE for the map.

Find a taste of Ireland and a friendly staff Every Day at Quigley’s

For more than a decade, the staff at Quigley’s Irish Pub has posed for photos with Santa and the Leprechaun on the second Sunday in December. Watch for the return of Pictures with Santa in 2023.

Now / Every Day at Quigley’s… Last month marked 24 years for Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Avenue. On Sun., Dec. 11, Quigley’s staff joined Santa and the Leprechaun for photos and to share what all the regulars call “EDAQ” camaraderie with classic Irish fare, bar bites, cold beverages and all the 2022 World Cup Soccer play. The final World Cup game saw a “fairytale” victory for Argentina (4-2) over France, watched by a packed pub on Dec. 18. 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!

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.

NaperLights / Venture along Water Street, Foyo Plaza, Jaycees Park and the Riverwalk in Downtown Naperville from 4 to 10PM every evening to discover the dazzling display of bright lights for the community from the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise. Friday and Saturday evenings (weather permitting), grab a holiday photo with Santa alongside the Great Tree.  Ongoing through the holiday season.

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. Cheer on the North Central College football Cardinals, too. Celebrate safely.

Dec. 15 / Happy Birthday, Ray Kinney! Never in a gazillion years when we sat in front of Ray Kinney in 2000 with a proposal for a job order to print PN (Ray said, “No!” by the way. “Minuteman Press is not a web press.” Then he found us a web printer.) did we imagine we’d be sending him good health and best wishes on the day before the North Central College Cardinals played in the Stagg Bowl. 

A hearing was opened but then continued at the request of the parties so that both parties may issue subpoenas for documents needed for the hearing. The hearing on the Stephens objection will resume at 10AM Fri., Dec. 16, 2022.

Dec. 16 / Municipal Officers Electoral Board meets. The hearing regarding the objection of Mayoral nomination petition of Tiffany Stephens will resume at 10AM on Dec. 16, 2022, in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Comprised of Mayor Steve Chirico, Naperville City Clerk Pam Gallahue and Naperville City Council member Paul Hinterlong (longest serving Councilman), the Electoral Board heard evidence on Dec. 12 regarding objections filed on Dec. 2 and 5 against the City Council nomination petitions of Nag Jaiswal and Derek McDaniel and the Mayoral nomination petition of Tiffany Stephens, all of whom filed petitions to run in the nonpartisan municipal election on April 4, 2023. To read the City’s news release, click hereUPDATE, Noon Dec. 16 / The public hearing was adjourned at 11:36AM after the Electoral Board voted 2 -1 to grant the Candidate’s Motion for Directed Finding. According to the Stephens Finding of Fact, the “Objector failed to prove during his case in chief the candidate did not reside within the City of Naperville during the relevant durational period.”  The order is final and appealable. The hearing is available for online viewing under “Archived Events.” The first hearing held on Dec. 12, 2022, also has been posted in the City’s archive.

‘Twas the season for TubaChristmas on Dec. 10 in downtown Naperville. On Dec. 15 it was time for tuba players in the North Central College Marching Band to toot their big brass horns during the NCAA Division III Stagg Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland. And if you watched the championship game on ESPN-U, did you note these tuba players and the band were featured on TV?

Dec. 16 / North Central College football Cardinals suit up for the 2022 NCAA Division III Finals, aka “Stagg Bowl,” in Annapolis, Maryland. UPDATE! Hurray for the Cardinals, the 2022 NCAA Division III National Champions, 28-21! 

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 for Naperville Tornado Relief. 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!

Commemorative bricks ($112 each) are available at Naperville Bank & Trust in downtown Naperville, Fry Family Y on 95th Street and Casey’s Foods in Naperville Plaza.

Dec. 17 and so on… / Looking for a special holiday gift that gives back? Consider a gift to the YMCA that supports youth and family programs, a donation to Naperville Tornado Relief (See above mention of “Picture with Santa.”), or contribute to Loaves & Fishes Community Services or any local nonprofit organization that aims to support needs in the community.

Dec. 17 / Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf shops open for holiday shopping through Dec. 23. Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses will close for the winter season beginning Sat., Dec. 17, 2022. The golf shops at both courses will remain open through Dec. 23, with merchandise and gift cards available for purchase. Additionally, gift cards may be purchased online at www.golfnaperville.org, with holiday specials on lessons and golf rounds available through Dec. 24. Golf shops will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 24, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023, reopening Jan. 3, 2023. (Note: Naperbrook usually remains closed until around mid-March. Sometimes the course will open for a stretch of unseasonably warm weather. This year, new turf needs to grow in at Springbrook before reopening where renovations were completed this fall. Expect reopening to be late spring/early summer when a grand reopening will be planned.)

To celebrate the eight days and nights of Chanukah, a menorah is set at the Civic Plaza along the Riverwalk. On the first night, the center candle (shamash candle) is lighted. The shamash candle is used to light the menorah candles one at a time from left to right.  (PN 2022 Photo)

Dec. 18 / Public Lighting of the Giant Menorah for Chanukah is set for 4PM Sun., Dec. 18, at the Riverwalk Amphitheater (corner of Jackson Ave & Eagle St), just a few steps west from the Civic Plaza. The festive one-hour event will be accompanied by Chanukah songs, donuts, hot latkes, drinks, Gelt and more. Chanukah, an eight-day 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. The community is welcome to this free event. Note: Dates for Chanukah, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” change every year between late November and December to correspond with the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar. Chanukah (Hanukkah) 2022 starts at nightfall on Dec. 18, 2022, and ends with nightfall on Dec. 26, 2022. 

Dec. 19 / Deadline to file petitions for park board and school board candidates in upcoming Consolidated Election on April 4, 2023. From 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. UPDATE: Four candidates have turned in petition packets to serve three four-year seats on the NPD Board of Commissioners. Candidates are Christopher Jacks, John Risvold, Rich Janor and Mahboube “Michelle” Haghighi.

UPDATE, Dec. 20 / During the Dec. 19 BOE meeting five principals were named for the 2023-24 school year. Katie Kempski, approved principal at May Watts Elementary; Rachel Witkowski, approved principal at Graham Elementary; Jill Keller, approved principal at Georgetown Elementary; Tarah Fowler, approved principal at White Eagle Elementary; and Dan DeBruycker, approved principal at Metea Valley High School. (Photo courtesy District 204)

Dec. 19 / The next regular District 204 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. UPDATE, Dec. 20 / In related news, on Dec. 12, 2022, three candidates turned in petition packets to run for three four-year seats on the 204 BOE. Candidates are Justin Karubas, Mark Rising and Catey Genc. 

Dec. 19 / The next regular NCUS District 203 Board of Education meeting is a 7PM on Mon. Dec. 19, 2022, at the District Administration Office on Hillside Road. Find board documents at https://go.boarddocs.com/il/naperville203/Board.nsf/vpublic?open. UPDATE, Dec. 20 / In related news, six candidates turned in petition packets to run for three four-year seats on the 203 BOE. Candidates are Joe Kozminski, Kristine Gericke, Barbara Higg, Gilbert Wagner, Ronald Amato and Melissa Kelly Black.

Dec. 20 / Happy 100th Birthday to Lou Wegner, longtime member of both the Naperville American Legion Post 43 and the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873.

Dec. 20 / Naperville City Council meeting begins at 7PM Tues., Dec. 20. Find the council agenda and other posted meetings and workshops at naperville.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2. Recently-elected District 5 DuPage County Board member Patty Gustin will be recognized for her service on City Council. Recently-appointed City Council member Nicki Anderson will be sworn in to City Council to complete the term left vacant by Gustin.

Dec. 21 / Winter begins at 3:38PM (CT) Wed., Dec. 21, 2022! Dress for the seasonal weather in the Northern Hemisphere when Dec. 21 is marked by the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Then tomorrow look forward to the beginning of a little more sunlight and brighter days.

Away in the manger… Hark, the herald angels sing…

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

Dec. 25 / Christmas Day at Morton Arboretum / Enjoy free admission to the Arboretum on Sun., Dec. 25, with an advance timed-entry ticket reservation. Connect with nature by yourself or with family on a peaceful and quiet day. Please note: all buildings and the Children’s Garden will be closed. Portable restrooms will be available. Click here to reserve tickets

Dec. 29 / Quilts of Valor Presentation at Rosie’s Home Cookin’ is scheduled for 4PM Thurs., Dec. 29. Quilts of Valor will be honoring Veteran Lynn Lowder, the owner of Rosie’s Home Cookin’ in Naperville, with a custom-made quilt for his service with the U.S. Marines. Rosie’s Home Cookin’ is located at 1567 North Aurora Road. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome.

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.”

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Come for the fun and bubbles all around on New Year’s Eve, 9AM to 1PM. (PN File Photo)

Dec. 31 / Bubble Bash at DuPage Children’s Museum will be festive and family-friendly from 9AM to 1PM Sat., Dec. 31. The 20th annual New Year’s Eve celebration features music and a museum full of special activities including an interactive photo booth. A special early countdown will be a blast at noon with a choice of bubbles, confetti, live music. A quiet countdown option also is available. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservation information is available at dupagechildrensmuseum.com.

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

Meson Sabika in the historic mansion is located at 1025 Aurora Avenue. (PN File Photo)

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.

Click here to PN’s Community Events Calendar / Submit events here.

Shop, dine, bank and entertain where your heart is… right in your own hometown. Thanks for supporting locally-owned enterprise whenever possible.

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. 20, 2022

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