A listing of holidays, along with some events and activities around Evanston for the whole family.

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The Morton Civic Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Center and Noyes Cultural Arts Center will be closed Nov. 28 and 29. The Evanston Public Libraries, Robert Crown Center and the 3-1-1 Call Center will be closed on Nov. 28. The Levy Senior Center will close at 5pm on Nov. 27 and be closed Nov. 28 and 29. Chandler-Newberger Center will be closed on Nov. 28 and open on Nov. 29 only for the open basketball program. The Ecology Center will be closed from Nov. 28-30.

Events and Activities

Evanston Flying Turkey 5K Nov. 28
TURKEYleaf-thumb-200x150-8156.pngThe Evanston Flying Turkey 5K will be held at 9 a.m. along Evanston's beautiful lakefront path beginning at Sheridan Road at Church Street. Click here for more information.

Winter Events

Holiday C.A.R.E. Faire Nov. 30
2012carefaire 125px.jpgHappy Howlidays and a Purry New Year! Come one, come all to C.A.R.E. for the Evanston Animal Shelter's Holiday C.A.R.E. Faire. Bring your pup or kit to have their picture taken with Santa. Stock up on home-baked cookies and more in our famous Cookie Walk. Buy gifts for your pet loving friends from our silent auction, crafters and vendors or buy raffle tickets. Donations of canned food will be accepted for the dogs and cats at the Evanston Animal Shelter. More>>>

Evanston History Center Holiday Open House and Food Drive Dec. 1
dawes 200px.jpgThe Annual Holiday Open House is Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Evanston History Center is housed in the national landmark, Charles Gates Dawes House, located at 225 Greenwood Avenue in Evanston.

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer at the Dawes House. Explore the majestic lakeside mansion decked out for the holidays, view EHC’s exhibits, and enjoy holiday treats, crafts for kids and live music in the Great Hall. The event is generously sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Evanston South. This event is free and open to everyone. In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the EHC kicks off the 8th annual holiday food drive. Donations of nutritious, non-perishable food (no glass, please) will be accepted at the Dawes House from Sat., Nov. 30 through Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013 from 1PM-4PM each day. More>>>

Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 8
gift boxes 75px.jpgTalented local artists will be selling their unique gifts at the annual Holiday Bazaar, which has moved to ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave., this year. The Bazaar will be be held before, during and after the Evanston Symphony Orchestra's "An Evanston Symphony Christmas" Program, which begins at 3pm on Sun., Dec. 8.

  Winter Break Camps
chess_7850_web.jpgWhen school is out for the holidays, children can relax and learn a new skill by enrolling in a winter break camp offered by the Evanston Recreation Division. Speciality camps focus on the arts, chess, ecology, sports, field trips and building with LEGO, while general camps incorporate several activities. Click here for camp descriptions. Register here.

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Events and Activities

Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Fountain Square Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
1316232.JPGThe entire community is invited to come together from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 4 (the last night of Chanukah) to light the 10' Menorah in Fountain Square. Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl will offer greetings and help in the lighting of the Menorah. The ceremony will celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and freedom of conscience over oppression. Musical entertainment will be provided and refreshments will be served. Fountain Square is located on Davis St. between Orrington and Sherman Avenues. Admission is free. For more information, please call 847-866-2914.

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Center will close at 5pm on Dec. 24 and be closed on Dec. 25. The Morton Civic Center, Evanston Public Libraries and all of the city's other community centers will be closed Dec. 24 and 25. The 3-1-1 Call Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and closed on Dec. 25. Note: The Levy Center will be also be closed Dec. 16-22 for floor and building maintenance. Click here for the refuse and recycling holiday schedule.

Events and Activities

Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting Nov. 22 at 4 p.m.
holiday_bash_165px.jpgThe Downtown Evanston Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting is downtown Evanston’s kick-off celebration to the holiday season! Get the family together and spend the evening in downtown Evanston for shopping, dinner or simply an evening out! Free Parking All Day in the three Downtown Parking Garages! Take advantage of special offers and events in shops, cafes and restaurants throughout downtown Evanston. Experience trolley rides around the downtown and live music in shops and restaurants. In addition to live music, strolling carolers will take to the streets! More>>>

Holiday Tree Lighting Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Holiday Tree Lighting.jpgThe annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 22 at Fountain Square. Mayor Tisdahl will join Santa in the lighting of the decorated tree and entertainment will be provided by Music Institute of Chicago. Fountain Square is located on Davis St. between Orrington and Sherman Avenues in Evanston. Admission is free, as is parking all day in the three downtown Evanston parking garages. More>>>

“The Nutcracker on Ice” Dec. 6-8
nutcracker.jpgThe 39th annual production of “The Nutcracker on Ice” will take place the weekend of Dec. 6-8. Competitive figure skaters and skating school students from Robert Crown Ice Complex will perform the enchanting, magical holiday tale on ice. Terrific skating, beautiful costumes and glorious holiday music make this a very special family outing! Shows are on Fri., Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 7 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 for general seats and $10, reserved seats. Group discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased in advance at 847-448-8258 or at the door. Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex is located at 1701 Main St., Evanston.

An Evanston Symphony Christmas Dec. 8
esoxmas_hornbowx360.jpgMake sure your holiday season starts with the best holiday event in Evanston! Don’t miss enjoying these favorite Yule festivities with your family and friends. Music Director Lawrence Eckerling leads the ESO, joined by the North Shore Choral Society, the Evanston Dance Ensemble, and the Evanston Children's Choir in seasonal favorites. It's Evanston's largest indoor concert of the year! The concert begins at 3 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 8 at  ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave. More>>>

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Kwanzaa begins Thursday, December 26, 2013 and ends Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Events and Activities

A Community Celebration of Kwanzaa at Fountain Square Dec. 26 at 11 a.m.
3948315.jpgYou’re invited to join friends and neighbors as the first day of Kwanzaa is celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 26 at Fountain Square, right in the heart of downtown Evanston. The celebration will be hosted by Fleetwood-Jourdain Center and will feature music, songs and the traditional lighting of the Kinara and recitation of principles. Fountain Square is located on Davis St. between Orrington and Sherman Avenues. Admission is free. For more information, please call 847-448-8254.

“Merry Kwanzaa” Dec. 26 at 3 p.m.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will present “Merry Kwanzaa” at 3:00 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 26 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. “Merry Kwanzaa” illustrates four generations learning the meaning of love and unity and the power of faith. The play, which was written by awarding-winning playwright Gloria Bond Clunie, features a multi-generational and multi-racial cast of Evanston residents. Admission is free; seating is limited. For more information, call 847-448-8254.

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New Year's Eve

Events and Activities

First Night logo.jpgAfter a few quiet years, First Night is back to stay. Evanstonians are particularly excited that First Night will be the grand finale to Evanston150, our city's sesquicentennial year of celebration.  Families, hipsters, grandparents and kids will all find something they love among the 40 musical and theatrical performances. And even a chilly New Year's Eve will be welcome, as visitors have just a short walk between the seven indoor venues located within walking distance of Evanston's Raymond Park, which is bordered by Chicago and Hinman Avenues and Lake and Grove Streets. Outdoors, there will be ice sculptures to amaze you and food trucks to sustain you. More>>>

New Year's Day


The Evanston Public Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed on Jan. 1. The Ecology Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Center and Morton Civic Center will be closed January 1. The Levy Senior Center will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 be closed on Jan. 1. The Chandler-Newberger Center will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The Robert Crown Center will close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1. Noyes Cultural Arts Center will close at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will be closed Jan. 1. The 3-1-1 Call Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and closed on Jan. 1. Click here for the refuse and recycling holiday schedule.

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