It’s been six years since Naper Settlement has held a winter holiday special event and this weekend, we’re debuting the family-friendly Jingle Bell Jamboree from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids and are available at the door and in advance. Most of the activities will be held indoors, so a little snow or cold will be like a refreshingly cool frosting on the cake.
“We’re excited about all the activities that will be going on at Jingle Bell Jamboree,” said Anna Di Cosola, Learning Experiences Coordinator.
Although the big guy won’t be there because he is busy getting ready for the holiday, you can write a letter to him in Santa’s Post Office. His wife, Mrs. Claus, will be reading stories and supervising her bakery, where families can decorate cookies, provided by DeEtta’s Bakery in Naperville, so you know they will be extra-yummy. That’s worth the price of admission alone to munch on one of their all-natural, homemade-from-scratch cookies! There’s also a photo booth for those last-minute holiday photos that you can post on Instagram.
To make sure Santa’s reindeer keep up their carbs for their marathon trip around the world, families can make reindeer food for Rudolph and Dasher and Dancer and the rest of the herd.
“This is truly a community collaboration because we have partnered with several nonprofit organizations whose contributions will enhance this event,” Di Cosola said.
And yes, there will be music. The renowned Chicago Sinfonietta will bring its Project Inclusion Ensemble, and students from Metea Valley High School’s Alena Quintet will perform.
The dazzler is the holiday lights show held on the grounds. Naper Lights, presented by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Naperville, is bigger and brighter than ever before. Sip on hot cocoa, provided by Belgio’s Catering, as you experience the light show, listen to holiday music piped in throughout the display and see the decorated trees from local schools and organizations. Vote for your favorite tree – we like them all!
Walk through the lighted Naper Lights archway on your way to touring the beautifully decorated Martin Mitchell Mansion, bedecked in holiday splendor from the year 1915. The Naperville Garden Club has outdone themselves this year and visitors will enjoy seeing the incredibly detailed décor from the charming tree in the family parlor to the colorful bells and mistletoe hanging in the doorways. This historic home was on the 55th annual Cup of Cheer Housewalk in early December.
Of course, we can’t do this without the help of our sponsors: Belgio’s Catering, the Chicago Sinfonietta, DeEtta’s Bakery and 104.3 K-Hits.
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