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

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The Evanston Public Libraries, Robert Crown Center and the 311 Call Center will be closed on November 27. The Chandler-Newberger Center and Noyes Cultural Arts Center will be closed November 27 and 28. The Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Ecology Center and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center be closed November 27-30. The Levy Senior Center will close at 5 p.m. on November 26 and remain closed November 27 and 28. 

Events and Activities

Evanston Flying Turkey 5K Nov. 27
TURKEYleaf-thumb-200x150-8156.pngJoin us for the annual Thanksgiving Day Flying Turkey 5K! This year's race will be held on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 9am along the beautiful Evanston lakefront newly paved path beginning at Sheridan Rd. and Church Street. 

Winter Events

Evanston History Center's Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 7

dawes 200px.jpgJoin us for an afternoon of holiday cheer at the Dawes House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday., December 7. 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 free and open to the public. To learn more, visit

  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 to learn more >>>

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Events and Activities

Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Fountain Square Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
1316232.JPGOn Thurs., Dec. 18, community members are invited to join Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl and other civic, business and community leaders at Fountain Square, located on Davis St. between Orrington and Sherman Avenues, for the Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting event beginning at 5:30 p.m The free event is hosted by Tannenbaum Chabad House. For more information about the menorah lighting, please contact Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein at 847-869-8060..

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Center will close at 3 p.m. 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 311 Call Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and closed on Dec. 25. Click here for the refuse and recycling holiday schedule.

Events and Activities

Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.
holiday_bash_165px.jpgTake advantage of special offers, discounts and more in shops, cafés and restaurants in Downtown Evanston throughout the day, and then stay downtown and kick off the holiday celebrations with the Holiday Tree Lighting in Fountain Square at 5:30 p.m. Join the fun and lend a hand in helping Mayor Tisdahl, Santa & Mrs. Claus flip the switch and light up the tree, and stay for live music performances immediately following. Click here to learn more >>>

“The Nutcracker on Ice” Dec.12-14

nutcracker.jpgThe 40th annual production of “The Nutcracker on Ice” will take place the weekend of Dec. 12-14. 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. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 14 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. 

New this year: Buy general tickets online starting Nov. 15

An Evanston Symphony Christmas Dec. 7

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. 7 at  ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave. More>>>

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Kwanzaa begins Friday, December 26, 2014 and ends Thursday, January 1, 2015.

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 a.m. on Fri., 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.

A Kwanzaa to Remember! (Formerly "Merry Kwanzaa") Dec. 26 at 3 p.m.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will present “Merry Kwanzaa” at 3:00 p.m. on Fri., 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

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Following the successful rebirth last New Year's Eve, First Night Evanston is delighted to return with another celebration of the best of Evanston, Chicago, and the world. There will be wonderful performers in a kaleidoscope of genres, plus family-friendly performances and activities for little kids, big kids, and food trucks for everyone! It's a night for friends, music, poetry, and fun. Get a cupcake! And the Flea Circus will be back too! It's the perfect Evanston New Year's Eve.  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 Morton Civic Center will be closed January 1. The Ecology Center, Levy Senior Center and the Noyes Cultural Arts Center will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 be closed on Jan. 1. The Chandler-Newberger Center will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed Jan. 1. The Robert Crown Center will close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1. The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed Jan. 1. The 311 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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