Special Events

DECEMBER 20

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9 SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENTS


Friday, December 6

JOLLY OLD ST. NICK CONCERT

Time: 6:30 p.m.  Cost: FREE
Location: York Presbyterian Church, 1099 S. York St., Elmhurst
Ring in the holiday season with Elmhurst's annual celebration of the city's German roots! Listen to traditional carols performed by the Damenchor and Mannerchor, authentic German choirs from the Chicago area. Jolly Old St. Nicholas joins the festivities to explain his legendary story and pose for photos with guests. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas, and hot cocoa and treats will be served after the performance. Cash donations for the Yorkfield Food Pantry Giving Tree are gratefully accepted. No registration, all ages welcome. Parking is available on site in the church parking lot.

What is the Legend of St. Nicholas? Before there was Santa Claus, there was St. Nicholas, known as the bearer of gifts. On December 6th, many Europeans still celebrate St. Nicholas Day and many Christmas traditions stemmed from this holiday. St. Nicholas was a 4th-century Greek saint who was admired for being kind and helping those in need. He was renowned for secretly giving gifts and placing coins and food in the shoes of the needy, which led to the modern-day holiday tradition of the Christmas stocking.

Saturday, December 14

HOLIDAY MOVIE AT YORK THEATRE: THE POLAR EXPRESS

Time: 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.)  Cost: FREE
Location: York Theatre, 150 N. York St., Elmhurst
Hop aboard for a free showing of the popular animated holiday film, The Polar Express, on the big screen at York Theatre. Based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, the movie takes viewers on a magical Christmas Eve adventure to the North Pole with a young boy who learns about the spirit of Christmas. Kids will receive a complimentary engineer's hat (while supplies last). After the movie, stop by Elmhurst City Centre plaza to see the festive holiday display, take photos with Santa, and hear holiday tunes. Visit the Elmhurst History Museum booth to snap a Polar Express picture and pick up a coloring sheet and "golden ticket" (while supplies last). Rated G, no registration required.