Winter Holiday Events

Elmhurst is filled with holiday events every winter; all are family-friendly, free, and open to the public! Visit Elmhurst and explore what our City has to offer this holiday season...

Wilder Park Conservatory Holiday Flower Show
Escape the cold and get in the holiday spirit at Wilder Park Conservatory's stunning holiday floral display.
Runs early December thru early January
Wilder Park Conservatory - FREE -
Santa at Spring Road
Spring Road Tree Lighting
Join Spring Road for their annual Holiday Tree Lighting event. Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to festive Christmas carols. This event is held annually in mid-November.
Date & time: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6-7 p.m.
Gazebo on Spring Road by the Prairie Path - FREE -

Hometown Holiday Family Fun
Elmhurst City Centre presents Hometown Family Fun Day where York Theatre will have a free showing of a PG-rated holiday movie. After the movie there will be fun holiday activities in City Centre! This yearly event happens during two consecutive Saturdays in December.
Last year's date & time: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 @ 9:30 a.m. for the film "Elf" with a visit from Santa in City Centre afterwards; Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 @ 9:30 a.m.for the film "The Grinch" with a visit from Santa in City Centre afterwards.
York Theatre/Elmhurst City Centre - FREE -

Tree Lighting in Wilder Park
Join Elmhurst Park District in this annual holiday celebration in Wilder Park. Featuring holiday entertainment, a special guest from the North Pole, and children's activities in Wilder Mansion. This event happens every year in early December.
Date & time: December 6, 2018 @ 6-8 p.m.
Wilder Park - FREE -

Sleigh Rides and Ice Sculptures
Walk up and down Spring Road to see ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses. Watch a live demonstration of the creation of an ice sculpture. Enjoy an old fashioned sleigh ride (or wagon ride depending on weather) with Santa and warm up with hot chocolate and cookies.
Date & time: Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Spring Road by the Gazebo - FREE -

Family Holiday Party at Elmhurst Art Museum
Enjoy the Elmhurst Art Museum's annual Family Holiday Party. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and art activities along with a surprise visit from Santa. This event is hosted every year in mid-December.
Last year's date & time: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Elmhurst Art Museum - FREE with museum admission -

Hometown Holiday Block Party
Bring the family to the heart of downtown Elmhurst for a holiday party! There will be music, a visit from Santa, and free kiddie train rides. Adult beverages will be available for purchase. This event happens in mid-December.
Last year's date & time: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 4-8 p.m.
City Centre Fountain Plaza - FREE -

Explore Elmhurst Express Holly Trolley

All aboard the Explore Elmhurst Express Holly Trolley! This holiday-themed trolley has the same route as summer and will feature holiday entertainment. You can also track the trolley!
For route details and more visit

Special Kids Day Holiday Party
This is a FREE annual holiday party for children of all ages with disabilities. Click here for more info on the event.
Last year's date & time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @ 3:30-8 p.m.
Wilder Mansion - FREE -

There are many holiday themed musical concerts in Elmhurst during December including shows by the Elmhurst Choral Union, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Agape Ringers, and Elmhurst College; visit their websites for concert dates and tickets.