Beyond the gifts under the tree, part of what makes Christmas are the family traditions.
 
 
Oney's Tree Farm is where traditions begin. Open the day after Thanksgiving, and daily through mid-December you can bring the family out for a horse drawn wagon ride to find the perfect tree. 
Grandma Dawn Peterson's custom fresh wreaths, garland and centerpieces are beautiful! She loves helping families decorate, too!
The 1904 bar turns into a magical gift shop, bakery and hot lunch spot where the Peterson grandchildren are starting to work alongside family and friends. 
When you walk into Richardson Christmas Tree Farm  make sure to inhale deeply! This farm grows more than 80,000 fragrant trees. There are free wagon rides to and from the fields on weekends and awhile crew to shake and bale your tree. Inside the large heated barn, you'll find free hot chocolate and real restrooms.  


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 Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas all over McHenry County by attending one of our many live theater shows!
Nov. 24 - Dec. 3
Woodstock Opera House 
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940's radio broadcast. With the help of sound effect technicians, stage manager, and an ensemble of actors that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
December 8
Raue Center for the Arts
The Northwest Symphony Orchestra returns to the Race Center for the Arts for a beloved holiday tradition. Their Holiday Pops Concert provides quality orchestral music through festive combinations of contemporary and classic hits. 
1 great show,
2 unique theaters!
December 9 - 17
Woodstock Opera House
Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season as the Judith Svalander Dance Theater transforms the Opera House stage into a realm of fantasy. Experience Clara's magical and enchanting journey as Tchaikovsky's world renowned music is brought to life through the talent and grace of Svalander's ballet company.
The Nutcracker Presented byThe Berkshire Ballet Theater
December 16
The Raue Center for the Arts
Audience members will hear Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music, witness emotional dancing and view lavish costumes when the incredible Nutcracker Ballet returns to Raue Center's stage. Join Clara on her daring adventure with the Nutcracker Prince through The Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets. March along with toy soldiers, bravely battle the Mouse King and embrace the beauty of the dancing snowflakes!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! 

Come out to the beautiful and historic Woodstock Square on Friday, November 24th when Christmas officially comes to life! With the flip of a switch tens of thousands of lights illuminate the square with the glow of the holidays!

The lighting of the square takes place at 7:00 P.M., but this year there are festivities for the family all evening! Don't miss the Park-in-the-Square where you can enjoy:
  • Carolers & street musicians
  • Sweets & favors
  • Special goodies & displaces in shops & restaurants
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Opening night of the annual Opera House Christmas Tree Walk
  • Candyland of Gingerbread Houses at the Old Courthouse
Come early and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants on the square and make sure to save time for shopping and dessert! For more information click below!

 Made with locally sourced ingredients and old-world brewing techniques, this rugged, trendy brewery hopes to change the way you think about beer.

Click the video to check out their story

November 3
Lakeside Arts Park
at the Dole 
People living in and near McHenry County, and throughout all of the Chicagoland area, have the opportunity to enjoy an artistic evening with wonderful featured art, chances to meet and mingle with artists, and the opportunities to purchase an original piece(s) of artwork.
November 3 - 19
Woodstock Opera House 
This November don't miss out on an ogre-sized presentation of Shrek the Musical by TownSquare Players! Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.
November 11
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus 
In this workshop, participants will prepare classic pie dough, streusel topping, and various fillings to construct four pies each to take home for holiday feasting.



November 11
Lake in the Hills Airport
The Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the First Annual Runway 5K at the LITH Airport this Fall. This unique venue will give the chance for runners to race on a fully functional airport runway.
November 16
Woodstock Opera House
Annie Polland, Ph.D., will bring Common Ground - Orchard & Delancy Streets in New York City, to life during this Creative Living Series event. Dr. Polland will share stories that form the museum exhibit. She will give glimpses into the fragile existence of the European, Puerto Rican and Chinese refugee families that escaped the Holocaust, but later migrated into Manhattan's lower east side. Following her talk, Dr. Polland will answer questions from the audience, fulfilling the Creative Living Series as an experience of both inspiration and entertainment.
November 18
Downtown McHenry
It's the 30th Anniversary of the McHenry Downtown Christmas Walk and do we have some fun in store for you! There are treats, games, activities and much more! And the best part is...it's all FREE! Activities at downtown business run 12:30-4:30pm. (All activities sponsored by the McHenry Area Downtown Business Association and the City of McHenry.)
November 22
Parkside Pub
35th annual Turkey Testicle Festival will be as EPIC as last year. Starting with Suburban Cowboys at 11:00AM followed by 7th Heaven, Modern Day Romeos and headlining for the first time ever will be LAVA Rock (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Van Halen and AC/DC cover band). This band packed event is for 1 day only on the biggest party day of the year! (day before Thanksgiving).MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO ATTEND!
November 24
Downtown Crystal Lake
The Festival of Lights Parade is the traditional start to the holiday season, as Santa Claus comes to town! 
The evening is filled with lights, music, pageantry, and little holiday magic!

November 30
Woodstock, IL
Join us as the Woodstock Historic Square goes to the Ladies! Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the past now it's time for YOU! Grab your best girlfriends, sisters, nieces, cousins, grandmas and moms and head to Woodstock to shop at our unique local boutiques, have a sip and nibble at one of our local hot spots and have some fun! Ladies Nite Out 2017 on the Historic Woodstock Square is the spot!

 

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