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Holiday Happenings 2016!

A beloved holiday tradition is coming to Naper Settlement!
Experience a traditional German holiday season market with all of the sights, sounds and magic as well as delicious smells and treats, wonderful handmade ornaments and gifts.

The Christkindlmarket Naperville hours:
      Thursdays-Sundays, November 25-December 18
      Thursdays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The week of Christmas:
      Monday-Friday, December 19-23: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, December 24: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission is free.

Photo credit: True Shot Studios

About The Christkindlmarket
The Christkindlmarket Naperville provides space for a vast array of vendors from Germany, other parts of Europe and around the world to showcase their products. Traditional wooden huts will be filled with a wonderland of one-of-a-kind gifts including hand-made holiday ornaments, woodcarvings, and seasonal wares harkening back to the original Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremburg, Germany which began in 1545. The air at the Christkindlmarket Naperville at Naper Settlement will fill the senses with aromas of German delicacies such as sausages and potato pancakes and sweet treats like Stollen, strudel and roasted nuts that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

The Christkindlmarket Naperville will boast a large festival tent for additional seating and entertainment. Visitors can sit, toast and enjoy refreshing imported German beers or warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine) served in a unique collectable souvenir mug. Visitors will be delighted by live performances as singers, dancers and musicians will spread the holiday cheer. The Christkind, a fairy-like being and namesake of the market, will visit every Sunday to welcome guests.

Learn more about The Christkindlmarket.       

Holiday HappeningsNaper Lights
November 25-December 24
Thursdays-Saturdays: 5-9 p.m., Sundays: 5-7 p.m.
Stroll the museum grounds and experience an expanded magical holiday lights celebration! Presented by Naperville Sunrise Rotary, the display features a number of large holiday-themed figures and lighted trees. For more information on Naper Lights, visit their website at

Admission is free

Martin Mitchell Mansion Holiday Tours
November 26–December 18
Fridays & Saturdays: 3–7:30 p.m., Sundays: 1-4 p.m.
December 19-21: 3-7:30 p.m.
Tour the Martin Mitchell Mansion this holiday season to see it beautifully decorated in the Edwardian style of the 1910s. Listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Mansion is Naper Settlement’s premier showcase that will be adorned in holiday splendor with help from the Naperville Garden Club. A guided tour will be given of the first story of this historic treasure.

Tickets will be sold at the door for this event.

Weed Ladies Holiday Floral Sales
Fridays & Saturdays, November 25–December 17, 1–5 p.m.
The Weed Ladies feature hand-made dried and silk holiday-themed floral arrangements and accessories. Proceeds benefit the Naper Settlement’s education and preservation programs.

Free admission to the sales.

Santa @ the Settlement
Saturdays, November 26, December 3 & 17, 9–11 a.m.  
Get in the spirit this holiday season by visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus! Visitors will be able to enjoy the sugar and spice of decorating cookies in Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, preparing a magical treat to summon Santa’s reindeer in the Reindeer Food Factory, and crafting two ornaments in Santa’s Workshop. Be sure not to leave without leaving a letter for Santa, and gathering around Mrs. Claus for story time. A limited supply of “magical” reindeer shoes will be available for purchase, and bring your cameras for photos with Santa!

Tickets: $15/person; $13/member
Children under 1 are free
Registration is required. Call 630.420.6010 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday to register.
Cancellation/Reschedule Policy:
Tickets for this program are non-refundable. Reservations are only for the date purchased.           

History Speaks Lecture Series: Mrs. Claus
Wednesday, December 14, 7-8 p.m.
Everyone has heard about Mr. Santa Claus. He is the most famous overachiever in the world. But who is Mrs. Claus? She was first revealed as a character in a book written by Katherine Lee Bates in 1899. Mrs. Claus will tell it all: the ups and downs of her marriage, her (two) identity crises, the dramatic lives of reindeer and how she found love, joy and the spirit of Christmas with the man in the red velvet suit. Recommended for ages 15 & up. Held in the Century Memorial Chapel.

Tickets: $10/adult, $9/youth (4–12) or student
Members: $8/adult, $7/youth (4–12) or student
Registration is recommended. Call 630.420.6010 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday to register.          

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