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Things To Do

Although Wheaton is only 25 miles from Chicago, you will find that there’s no need to leave Wheaton to find something to do, whether it's in the vibrant downtown, several shopping districts or elsewhere.

Indoor French Market

Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 8, 2014-March 28, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Wheaton Train Station, Wheaton Avenue & Front Street

Vendors will include a family-owned bakery specializing gluten-free breads, organic trail mixes and organic ingredients; a family-owned orchard offering winter fruits and vegetables; an organic specialty food company; a local company featuring artisan crafted pickles and more; a local sustainable farm with fresh organic produce from their greenhouse; a French-styled company featuring linens, pottery and home decor items; and many more. Each week will feature live music during the indoor French Market. For more information, email bensidoun@yahoo.com.

Terminal Town Exhibit

Dates: Nov. 10-22
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.

The Wheaton Public Library will host the Terminal Town exhibit from Nov. 10-22. The exhibit, which features panels and displays of information about Chicagoland’s transportation history, will then be replaced by a special exhibit from Nov. 22-Dec. 9 focusing on the history of Wheaton transportation. The library will feature a presentation on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. by Dr. Joseph P. Schwieterman, author of the new book "Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago’s Airports, Bus Depots, Train Stations, and Steamship Landings, 1939-Present." More information on Terminal Town can be found here: http://terminaltown.org/ 

Lighted Holiday Parade

Date: Friday, Nov. 28
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Front Street, downtown Wheaton

Ring in the holiday with this Wheaton tradition. Following a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., a festive Lighted Holiday Parade will feature music, costumed characters and floats moving down Front Street. This event serves as the kick-off to the Dickens a of a Christmas holiday celebration. More information    

Festival of Lights & Tree Sales

Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 30
Times: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; lights from 3-9 p.m.
Location: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave.

Visit Cosley Zoo to see 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays. The event also includes Christmas tree sales, hot chocolate, holiday gifts and more. Admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales. More information   

Santa's Craft Corner

Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 13
Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave. 

Cosley Zoo will host a special Santa's Craft Corner each Saturday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 13, where children can see Santa, make a craft and see the animals. More information 

Dickens of a Christmas Carriage Rides

Date: Saturdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 20
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: Martin Memorial Plaza, Front and Main streets

The Downtown Wheaton Association will host complimentary carriage rides each Saturday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 20, through downtown Wheaton. More information 

Visit with Santa

Date: Saturdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 20
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Martin Memorial Plaza, Front and Main streets

Visit Santa in his holiday house at Martin Plaza. Sponsored by the Downtown Wheaton Association, this is part of the Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Celebration. More information  

Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Stroll

Date: Saturday, Dec. 6
Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Shops and boutiques in Downtown Wheaton

The shops and boutiques in Downtown Wheaton will be sharing the spirit of the season with complimentary holiday treats throughout the day. Complimentary carriage rides, carolers and other special activities will be featured throughout the day. More information 

Terminal Town Wrap-Up Event

Date: Sunday, Dec. 7
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Drop by the Terminal Town exhibit and take your last look at the special display featuring Wheaton’s transportation history. Dr. Schwieterman will discuss the impact of the monumental exhibit and recognize contest participants and winners. No registration required.

The Legend of Saint Nicholas

Date: Sunday, Dec. 7
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
You’d better watch out! The Old English Father Christmas tells the stories of St. Nicholas, the protector of children throughout the ages. Learn about the origins of St. Nicholas characters in various countries, popular Christmas symbols, worldwide Christmas traditions, and more. Register online at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or by calling 630-868-7520.

Winter Home Energy Savings Workshop

Date: Monday, Dec. 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Learn how to cut your electric and gas bills down during the cold winter months with representatives from CUB (Citizens Utility Board) and Elevate Energy. Become an expert on understanding your bills, avoiding scams, practicing energy efficiency, and boosting home comfort. Register online at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or by calling 630-868-7520.

Behind the Doors of Downton Abbey

Date: Thursday, Dec. 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Prepare yourself for the Season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey by catching up on past seasons and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Steven Frenzel will bring clips and highlights from the show and provide historical context and hidden details. Register online at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or by calling 630-868-7520.

Jazz Spectrum Holiday Concert

Date: Sunday, Dec. 14
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Celebrate the holiday season with Jazz Spectrum. This energetic, jazz-influenced vocal quartet promises lots of fun and holiday cheer as they perform old and new seasonal standards with a twist. Pick up your free ticket at the Checkout Desk or reserve yours by calling 630-868-7510.

CUB Utility Bill Clinic

Date: Monday, Dec. 15
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Bring your gas, electric, and phone bills between 6-8 p.m. for a free analysis by CUB’s experts. Also, learn home comfort and energy efficiency tips from Elevate Energy while you wait for your one-on-one analysis. Register online at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or by calling 630-868-7520.

Make Your Own Book Page Wreath

Date: Thursday, Dec. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Make your own book page wreath for the holidays. Shari from Twisted Fiber Studios will show you how. All materials provided, but please bring a canned food item for the craft (to be donated to local food bank). Register online at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or by calling 630-868-7520.