This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Whenever friends or family visit for the weekend, there’s that slight pressure to show them a good time. Last weekend, I hosted three out-of-towners and mistakenly made the trip towards Zoo Lights in Lincoln Park. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had the bright idea of capitalizing on the perfect weather because we sat in traffic for an inordinate amount of time before heading back.

I suppose it could have been my plan all along to enjoy the many activities and events happening in Oak Park, like the following taking place this weekend, including our very own Holiday Lights. I’m going to say this is the reason for not trying to go back to Zoo Lights this weekend. It’s not because it is 30+ degrees colder than last weekend (seriously, check the box in the upper left-hand corner). Yup, it’s because I don’t want to get stuck in traffic again.

Holiday Lights in the Arts District
Whether you feel like shopping or simply want to take in the beauty of Holiday Lights, The Oak Park Arts District is lit through the holiday season. Between the studios, shops, galleries, eateries, and decorations, it’s easy to spend an entire evening here. This weekend, we recommend stopping in Gallery PINK, 149 Harrison Street, as artist and owner Janice Elkins is selling her framed prints and paintings.

A Play + A Pint: Mrs. Coney
Head to Hamburger Mary’s, 155 S. Oak Park Avenue, on Sunday if a play reading and beer sound like a good way to spend $12. In this heartwarming and humorous story set at Christmas, a writer recalls his boyhood and the Oklahoma homestead his family lost to the dust bowl. Performances are at 2 and 6 p.m.

“A Dickens Carol” by Oak Park Festival Theatre
That’s right; this isn’t “A Christmas Carol,” but a story about the man who wrote the most imitated Christmas tale of all time. The Oak Park Festival Theater announces the world premiere of “A Dickens Carol.” An all-new holiday tradition that re-imagines the story of Scrooge from Dickens’ point of view and real-life events. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased through the Oak Park Festival Theatre website. Performances will be taking place at Madison Street Theater, 1010 Madison Street.

Stomp & Shout Holiday Jam
This family-friendly music event returns to the Open Door Theater Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy an hour of fun with a holiday show that is interactive, festive, and fun for parents and children alike. General admission is $12 and $5 for kids under 12, which can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. Open Door Theater is located at 902 S. Ridgeland Avenue.

Winter Greens Market
Shop the Oak Park Conservatory’s Winter Greens Market for a selection of winter greens for your home. An array of fresh greens including balsam, fir, boxwood, winter berries, magnolia tips and spruce tops will be available along with many other natural items for your winter decoration needs. The conservatory is located at 615 Garfield Street. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Downtown Oak Park (DTOP) Shopper’s Reward Program
Get rewards for supporting local shops this holiday season. Save your receipts until Dec. 25 as a part of DTOP’s rebate program and receive $50 in Shopper’s Reward certificates for receipts totaling $25 or more from at least seven different businesses, with a grand total of at least $400.

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