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A few things to consider doing in Naperville before this weekend


Above / Catch someone reading PN! Then sing along with the lines of lyrics on the cover of Positively Naperville. Happy Holidays!

Editor’s Notes: With the advent of holiday concerts this month, this page features some evening presentations during the week, including school board and City Council meetings. Somewhat related, back when our children were at Waubonsie Valley High School, we always enjoyed the Prism Concert during the holidays. Now with three high schools, District 204 presents three holiday concerts—Prism, Chrystal at Neuqua and Collage at Metea— in early in December. We appreciate that our schools support the arts!

Save the date! Note also that at 3PM Sun., Dec. 10, the Naperville Municipal Band will perform its Holiday Concert at Neuqua Valley High School. Admission is free of charge, thanks to the City of Naperville SECA grant.

Click on the link below for 2023 Waubonsie Valley High School Prism Concert… http://www.waubonsiemedia.com/2023-prism/

‘Tis also the season of local governing budget approvals… At the Nov. 21 meeting of the Naperville City Council, all nine members unanimously passed the ordinance adopting the 2024 Annual Budget in the amount of $613,742,548.

FYI / Review Naperville Park District Budget / For a PDF of The Naperville Park District proposed 2024 budget, click here. The Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners will vote on its approval of the 2024 Budget at the Thurs., Dec. 14, 2023, meeting. 

Monday, Dec. 4, 2023

School District 203 Board of Education Meeting / 7PM / Below is the link to access the agenda for Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, Board of Education meeting, to be held in the Administration Building at 203 N. Hillside Road. go.boarddocs.com/il/naperville203/

School District 204 Board of Education Meeting / 7PM / 780 Shoreline Dr., Aurora, IL 60504 / Sign up by 6:57PM to speak during Public Comments. View the agenda.

Houses throughout Naperville are extravagantly decorated this season. Find “Merry Swiftmas!” featured with all the brilliant illumination on Atlas Lane. The community is grateful to all homeowners and businesses that help make the season bright. (PN Photo)

‘Tis the season to be jolly when you board the Naperville Trolley / Check availability of evening Holiday Light tours via Naperville Trolley and Tours at www.napervilletrolley.com now through Dec. 27. No tours on Christmas. Special thanks to all residents for creating spectacular holiday light shows throughout Naperville’s grand illumination!

Downtown Naperville glimmers! (PN Photo)

Downtown Naperville is aglow, too! / By day or evening, shop, dine and find gift cards in downtown Naperville. And, of course, bright white lights glisten after dark.

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023

Naperville City Council / 7PM / Public welcome to attend City Council meetings held monthly on the first and third Tuesdays in the Naperville Municipal Center. Local government where it matters most. Attend in person OR watch or listen live via WCNC Government Access TV (Ch. 6 Astound or Ch. 10 Comcast or Ch. 99 AT&T U-verse). Watch online via https://naperville.legistar.com.

West Suburban Irish Quiz Night / 7PM / It’s fun! And it’s…free! Put a team of up to eight together and join heads. Compete to win in silly prices. Seasonal Categories of Trivia / Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Avenue. / For hints and updates of happenings hosted by WSI, visit www.wsirish.org. Recently the Leprechaun noted the next WSI St. Patrick’s Parade is set for Sat., March 9, 2024.

North Central College Concert Winds Winter Concert / 7PM / Wentz Concert Hall,  171 E. Chicago Ave. /  Tickets $3 to $5. 

Follow bright lights all along Sleight Street. Santa is watching. Seeing is believing! (PN Photo, Dec. 4, 2023)

Find Sleight Street a Date Treat / After 4:30PM / Venture along a great street just south of Chicago Avenue to see lights and action you might not have imagined in the heart of Naperville.

The arrow directs attention to a world of joy and more than a few Santas in this front yard at 326 Sleight Street, a great street for a holiday light show. Believe! (PN Photo, Dec. 4, 2023)

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023

You better watch out… You better not cry… This time of year, you never know when Santa Claus might suddenly appear. (PN Photo)

‘Santas around the World’ / 10AM-4PM / New holiday exhibit opens at Naper Settlement, featuring many of the fascinating characters who populate the lore surrounding the celebrations that come as the days get shorter. Until January 5, 2024, the exhibit will explore the origins of winter’s holiday traditions, including sending cards and decorating trees, as well as the foods that feature in these celebrations. Note also, the museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10AM-4PM with general museum admission $6 for adults (13+), $5 for seniors (62+), and $4 for youth (4-12). Naperville residents with proof of residency, children under 4, and members receive complimentary admission. For more information, visit NaperSettlement.org.

Find images of Santa aglow along Main Street at Water Street. From now through New Year’s, take a stroll of the colorful exhibit hosted by the Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise featuring lots of Elves that Santa knows. (PN Photo)

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 

Remembering Pearl Harbor / As stated on the National World War II Museum website by historian Rob Citino, PhD, No moment in the history of the United States casts a longer shadow than Pearl Harbor. ‘Remembering’ it has become a national imperative, a patriotic duty for the American people, and reminding us of that duty has become a ritual of media and political discourse—repeated so often and in so many ways that it’s become part of the routine of our communal life.” For an overview of this fateful day that reminds us that “Japan and the United States have been friends and allies for decades, a welcome change from the 1930s and 40s,” visit the National World War II Museum website.

Weed Ladies Winter Sale / 10AM to 3:30PM / The Weed Ladies Winter Sale in the Daniels House at Naper Settlement features creative seasonal floral arrangements for sale. Each floral creation has been designed by the Weed Ladies of the Naperville Heritage Society. Admission is free to the sale. Simply enter the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center, Aurora at Webster streets and inform the Guest Services Team that you are attending the sale.

Season’s Greetings from Oakton Lane just east of River Road where you’ll find joy and so much more! (PN Photo)

Elise Flagg Academy of Dance’s “The Naperville Nutcracker” / 10AM / At Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. on the campus of North Central College / Tickets are $10. (Other performances of “The Naperville Nutcracker” are set for 7PM Dec. 8, 1PM & 5PM Dec. 9, 1PM Dec. 10. Tickets are $30 – $40.)

Every year, a menorah is lighted on each of the eight days of Chanukah along the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville. (PN File Photo)

Chanukah (Hanukkah) 2023 / After 4:22PM / Chanukah starts at nightfall and ends with nightfall on Dec. 15, 2023, beginning on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasting for eight days. On each of the eight nights of Chanukah, Jewish people light special menorahs, adding another flame each night, until on the eighth night eight flames are burning brightly. The ninth candle (often in the center) is a helper candle used to light the others. For a listing of local festivities during Chanukah, visit www.jewishnaperville.com.

Check back to www.positivelynaperville.com every Friday for a weekend listing of things to do!

Let us also suggest keeping tabs at “Latest News” where updates and stories are posted throughout the week, too. Thanks for reading!

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Stay safe and healthy. Happy Holidays!

Last Updated / Dec. 7, 2023

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