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Families friends gather view Canadian Pacific Holiday TraViking Park Gurnee with holiday decorations live music. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media

Families and friends gather to view the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at Viking Park in Gurnee with holiday decorations and live music. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 9, 2013 6:07AM

1. Holiday train

The decorated Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will arrive Dec. 8 at 4:20 p.m. at Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. and all cash or food donations will benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Radio Disney will be in attendance and there will be performances by the Claytones and Tracey Brown. Details, (847) 871-0747

2. Breakfast

Breakfast with Santa will be held Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. There will activities for the kids and visits with Santa. Bring a non-perishible item for the Lake Villa Food Pantry. Tickets are $7 and free for children 3 and under. All proceeds benefit the Lake Villa Historical Society. Details, (847) 356-9911 or email

3. Theater

The Improv Playhouse Showstoppers will present “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Dec. 8 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne Thomas School, 2939 Summit Ave., Highland Park. The cast comprises 18 young actors, ages 10 to 13, from Highland Park, Deerfield, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Lake Bluff. Tickets are $12, and $8 for students, seniors and military. Details, (847) 968-4529.

4. Open house

The Grayslake Historical Society will host a special open house Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m., 164 Hawley St. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk to Santa, view a vintage sleigh, enjoy holiday treats, listen to music of the season and participate in children’s crafts. This event will also mark the opening of a new exhibit titled “Aprons: Ties to the Past.” This limited engagement show uses occupational aprons to tell the stories of people who were part of Grayslake’s history. Details, (847) 223-7663.

5. Dinner

Santa’s Pasta Dinner will be held Dec. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake. Enjoy dinner and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be a tin-can auction for adults and kids, entertainment by Michael Lescher on piano, Grant High School Band and Choir, “Orchesis” — Stanton’s Dance Team, The Village of Fox Lake Dancers — taught by Lisa Stay and Sam Murphey. Shopping in Santa’s workshop. Bring in a non-perishable food item to donate to Grant Township’s Food Pantry and receive a free raffle ticket. Tickets are $7, $5 for seniors, $4 for kids ages 4-12 and free for kids age 3 and under. Details, (847) 587-7474 or

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