Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and have some fun!
Need some ideas of where to go or what to do? Check out our guide to holiday events in Plainfield.
Seniors’ Luncheon - Plainfield Township and the Plainfield Park District will co-host the annual holiday luncheon for Plainfield Township senior citizens at noon Dec. 14 at the American Legion Hall, 24741 W. Renwick Road. The free lunch will include entertainment and door prizes. Reservations are required by Dec. 2. Each attendee is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Plainfield Food Pantry. Call Kathy at 815-436-8812, Ext. 13.
Operation Christmas Wrap – Kids are invited to make ornaments to wrap as presents while parents enjoy free time to shop or run errands from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 24022 W. Lockport St. (free). Pizza will be served. Call 815-436-3409 or go online at www.plymouthcongregational.org.
Holiday Open House - MainStreet Plainfield Inc.’s event from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in downtown Plainfield will feature breakfast/lunch with Santa, the Stocking Stuffer Stroll, carolers, a coloring contest, holiday shopping, carriage rides, a gift-wrapping station and more. Call 815-436-5510 or visit www.mainstreetplainfield.org.
PLAINFIELD PARK DISTRICT
Journey to the North Pole – From 4 to 10 p.m. Dec. 9, families are invited to enjoy wagon rides to the North Pole, a storytelling of the “Polar Express,” a visit with Santa and his elves, a campfire, and hot chocolate with cookies at Four Seasons Park, 22500 W. Lockport St. ($7 for residents, $10.50 for non-residents).
Santa’s Workshop – Families are invited to join Santa and his elves for snacks, crafts and games from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Heritage Grove Middle School, 12425 S. Van Dyke Road ($12 for residents, $18 for non-residents; preregistration required by Dec. 9). All children will receive one photo with Santa. Parents may bring their cameras for additional pictures.
Phone Calls from the North Pole – Boys and girls ages 4 to 8 are invited to speak to Santa. Parents may pick up a free form or download it from www.plainfieldparkdistrict.com. Forms must be returned by Dec. 12 to the Recreation/Administration Center, 23729 W. Ottawa St. The call list will be limited to the first 200 applications returned. Santa and his elves will make phone calls from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15.
Parents’ Night Out - Games, crafts, movies and more for ages 4 to 11 will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Streams Recreation Center, 24319 Cedar Creek Lane ($25 for residents and $10 for each sibling or $37.50 for non-residents and $22.50 for each sibling; registration due by Dec. 9). Pizza and juice will be provided.
Winter Break Camp: Kids’ “Time Out” for Fun! - Holiday crafts and games for ages 5 to 12 will be offered Dec. 27 to 29 and Jan. 3 to 6 at the Recreation/Administration Center, 23729 W. Ottawa St., with sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration due by Dec. 12. Half-day sessions are $21 for residents, $31.50 for non-residents. Full-day sessions are $42 for residents, $63 for non-residents. Enroll in the full 7-day program and save with a resident fee of $196 or non-resident fee of $294.
Winter FUN-derland - A family snowball fight, snow shovel relay race, snowman-building plus hot chocolate and cookies by a campfire will be offered 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at Village Green Park, Fox River and Chicago streets, just south of downtown Plainfield ($3 for residents, $4.50 for non-residents, with registrations due by Dec. 19).
For more information, call the Plainfield Park District at 815-436-8812 or visit www.plainfieldparkdistrict.com.
PLAINFIELD DISTRICT 202 SCHOOLS
Holiday Shopping Night – Vendors will offer jewelry, crafts, clothing, kitchenware, handbags and more from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at Freedom Elementary School, 11600 Heritage Meadows Drive (free admission). Visit www.psd202.org.
Plainfield High School-Central Campus Madrigal Dinner - The choir department’s annual affair will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 in the auditorium, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive ($18). Call 815-436-3200, Ext. 5825.
Plainfield High School-Central Campus Holiday Collage Concerts - Bands, choirs and small ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 in the auditorium, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive (free).
Plainfield East High School Madrigal Dinner – The fourth annual Madrigal Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4 at the school, 12001 S. Naperville Road ($18). Visit www.psd202.org/PEHS.
Plainfield East High School Holiday Collage Concert - The choirs, bands and various ensembles will perform at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the school (free).
Plainfield North High School Madrigal Dinner – The seventh annual dinner will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the school, 12005 S. 248th St. ($18). Call 815-609-8506, Ext. 2882, or visit www.pnhschoirs.com.
Plainfield North High School Holiday Collage Concert – Choirs, bands and various ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 in the auditorium.
Plainfield South High School Madrigal Dinner – The 11th annual dinner will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 in the auditorium, 7800 Caton Farm Road ($18). Call 815-577-5655 or visit www.psd202.org.
Plainfield South High School Collage Concert – The Jazz Band and various ensembles will perform at 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 8 in the PSHS auditorium (free).
PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following will take place at the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St.:
“The Year Without a Santa Claus” – Watch the movie and enjoy a book reading at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 (free).
“Christmas with the Kranks” – Watch the movie at 1 p.m. Dec. 2 (registration required).
“Super Stolie Holiday Show” – Dance to holiday songs with snowflake bubbles at the all-ages event at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 (free).
“Great Gifts” – Kids in grades 6 to 12 are welcome to make bookmarks and beauty products at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 (free; registration required).
“Holiday Paper Piercing Craft” - Learn the basics of paper piercing and create decorations for holiday parties at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 (free, registration required).
“Holiday Craft Extravaganza” – The drop-in program for kids will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 10.
“Gingerbread Baby” – Hear the story by Jan Brett, decorate a cookie and enjoy other activities at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 13 (for ages 3 to 5; registration required).
To register or get more details, call the library at 815-436-6639 or visit http://plainfield.lib.il.us.