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Holiday Happenings 2016!

Holiday Happenings!

Christkindlmarket setupCHRISTKINDLMARKET
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.

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: Free
Dogs Are Prohibited - Except Service Dogs
The historic buildings will not be open for touring except for the Martin Mitchell Mansion on select days (see below).

Parking: Christkindlmarket Parking Maps:  
Thursday and Friday Daytime 
Weekend All Day and Weekday Evenings after 4:00 p.m.

Shuttle busses will run continuously on Saturday and Sundays to and from the 5th Ave. Metra Station in downtown Naperville. The pick-up and drop-off will be on the south side of the tracks.
From the Metra Station to Naper Settlement From Naper Settlement to the Metra Station
November 26–December 18
Saturdays - 11 AM-7:30 PM
Sundays - 11 AM-4:30 PM

Cash only; $2 per person each way
Children under 2 are free
November 26–December 18
Saturdays - 11 AM-9:30 PM
Sundays - 11 AM-6:30 PM

Cash only; $2 per person each way
Children under 2 are free 

Learn more about The Christkindlmarket.       

Merry & Bright: Glass Ornaments from Around the Globe

Enjoy the beautiful sparkle of European and American-made glass Christmas ornaments while learning about the handcrafted production and the fascinating stories of these holiday classics at this exhibit.

See more about the exhibit including hours and admission >
Naper 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: 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.
Packages, oversized bags, food, beverages and photography are not permitted inside the Martin Mitchell Mansion.

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.

Admission: Free

Santa @ the Settlement (ALL DATES HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT)
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. 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.
Cancelation/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 highly recommended. Call 630.420.6010 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday to register.          

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