Summer Naomi Smart stars as the title character in the stage musical "Mary Poppins" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. | PHOTO COURTESY PETER COOMBS AND MARRIOTT THEATRE.
ANDERSON ARTS CENTER: 121 66 St., Kenosha. (262) 653-0481; www.andersonartscenter.com. Gallery of Trees will on display from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Stroll through an amazing display of beautifully, creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and mantle pieces.
ARTCETERA GALLERY: College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. (847) 543-2405; artceteragallery.blogspot.com. Winter holiday sale will feature original work by area artists, including hand-made jewelry, wearable art, decorative and functional ceramics, fused and blown glass, soaps and candles through Dec. 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The sale is sponsored by the CLC Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds help fund student scholarships. Members of the Friends of the Gallery will receive 10 percent off any item purchased at the sale.
DANDELION GALLERY: 109 S. Genesee St., Waukegan. (224) 430-9975; www.dandeliongallery.org. “Texture Too,” a ceramic art show by Waukegan artist Mary Clare Jakes, will display through Dec. 13. Jakes uses vintage textiles, crocheted doilies, lace, embroidered dishcloths, to create texture in clay. She then forms plates, bowls, trays that are fired using food-safe glazes. Pieces range in price from $10 to 125.
LAKE COUNTY DISCOVERY MUSEUM: Lakewood Forest Preserve, Route 176 and Fairfield Road, near Wauconda. (847) 968-3400; LCFPD.org/CharleyHarper. Experience the whimsical world of popular nature illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) at “Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper” exhibition on display through Feb. 16. Over 20 prints, serigraphs and illustrations highlight Harper’s signature realistic minimalism style of portraying natural elements and wildlife. The exhibit also includes interactive art activities such as large-scale puzzles, tangrams and rubbing stations to make your very own prints and is a nationally touring exhibition organized by the Virginia Living Museum. Join museum educators for a variety of specially-designed public programs and in-gallery activities throughout the run of the exhibition. Also, guided tours, hikes and art lessons for all ages.
LEMON STREET GALLERY: 4601 Sheridan Road, Kenosha. (262) 605-4745; www.lemonstreetgallery.com. Artistree, a holiday show and sale, will be held through Dec. 22. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday. Giftable art will be available for purchase. A reception will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14.
ROBERT T. WRIGHT COMMUNITY GALLERY OF ART: College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. (847) 543-2240; http://gallery.clcillinois.edu. Art exhibit titled “Joel Sheesley: Evidence of the Pavement” will be on display through Dec. 15. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
UNDERCROFT GALLERY: Lower level of Christ Episcopal Church, 410 N. Grand Ave., Waukegan. (847) 662-7081 or (847) 367-5308. The work of Waukegan artist Alice Harrington will be on display through Jan. 4. Approximately 30 of Harrington’s pieces are included in this show, which is the culmination of her years as an artist working in a multitude of mediums. She says painting abstracts is very different from painting landscapes, still lifes or portraits. Harrington’s show will be for a chance for patrons of the art and art lovers to purchase her work. There will be special presentations of her artwork at an artist’s reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 21, and closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4.
ARLINGTON PARK RACECOURSE: 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. (847) 362-4636; www.holidaylightslambsfarm.org. Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift & Craft Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 8. There will be more than 500 vendors selling everything from candy to jewelry, and crafts to clothing. Lambs Farm booth will offer its famous butter cookies, chocolates, preserves and more. Proceeds benefit Lambs Farm. Cost is $7 and parking is $6.
DOWNTOWN GRAYSLAKE: Centennial Plaza, corner of Center and Whitney streets. www.grayslakefarmersmarket.com. Grayslake Farmers Market open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21. Enjoy Ernie and his keyboard entertainment, Hula-Hoop with the kids, watch Amber create her balloon art and have some great family fun. Also, bring the dog for a treat courtesy of Maggie’s Munchies.
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO’S CUNEO MANSION AND GARDENS: 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. (847) 362-3042; www.luc.edu/cuneo. Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show through Jan. 4. Closed Dec. 24–25. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. daily. Visitors can experience 97 acres of holiday lights from their own vehicle during the annual show presented in partnership with the village of Vernon Hills. The cost is $5 per car Monday through Thursday and $10 per car Friday through Sunday. The Kirk Players will present “The Velveteen Rabbit” through Dec. 22. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $9 and $7 for children 12 and under.
SANTA’S COTTAGE: Park Street and Seymour Avenue. (847) 949-3200; m.mundelein.org. Children will receive a “goodie bag” and will be treated to hot cocoa and cookies. Open from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21.
SANTA’S ENCHANTED VILLAGE: 882 Main St., next door to the Village Hall. (847) 838-4032; www.antioch.il.gov. Open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23. Children enjoy free visits with Santa and there will be games and indoor waiting for their visit.
GREAT LAKES NAVAL MUSEUM: Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave., Great Lakes. (847) 688-3154, www.history.navy.mil/glnm. On display is From Hardtack to Chili Mac: Food in the United States Navy. Learn about what sailors eat and how that has changed over time as the Navy has incorporated new foods to reflect changing technology, growing diversity, and a greater understanding of nutrition.
HERITAGE CENTER AND HISTORY MUSEUM: 164 Hawley St., Grayslake. (847) 223-7663. Open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Exhibit of trees decorated by local nonprofit and community organizations will be on display through Dec. 28. The Grayslake Giving Trees initiative is designed to help local organizations share their message with the community at large. Organizations have decorated their trees with items that help tell their stories. The public is invited to vote for their favorite trees. Proceeds will be split between participating groups and the Grayslake Historical Society. The winning organization will keep 100 percent of the proceeds collected for its tree and will be announced at the end of the exhibit.
KENOSHA HISTORY CENTER: 200 51st Place. (262) 654-5770. Two new exhibits display the early years of the Kenosha Police Department from 1885 through 1970s. One exhibit features the March 31, 1919 robbery of the American Brass Company that led to the killing of the Kenosha Police Officer, Antonio Pingitore. Officer Pingitore was the first Kenosha Police Department officer killed in the line of duty. These exhibits will be on display through March 31. Also, a new exhibit on display is Fraternal Organizations. Featured is the The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Masons (Freemasons) and the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners). This exhibit will be on display until Jan. 31. New exhibit titled My Pride and Joy will be on display through Sept. 28. Opening reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. The exhibit features vintage automobiles.
KENOSHA PUBLIC MUSEUM: 5500 First Ave. (262) 653-4140. Exquisite Miniatures will be on display through Jan. 5. Birds and Mammals of North America on display through 2013. The Campaigns of ‘63: Gettysburg and Vicksburg on display through March 2014. From Hugo to Houdini: The Art of Brian Selznick will be on display through Jan. 7. Lemon Street Gallery members exhibit title Telling our Stories n display through Jan. 27. International Holiday Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Paleontologist for a day at 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Neil Shafer will discuss the Civil War and paper currency at noon Dec. 13.
WAUKEGAN HISTORY MUSEUM: Bowen Park, 1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. (847) 336-1859; www.waukeganhistorical.org. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Exhibit titled The Kennedy Assassination in Print, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will be on display through Dec. 14. The exhibit focuses on the local newspaper coverage. The newspapers recap the stories, share the sentiments of the people of Waukegan and provide an understanding of what it was like living in November, 1963. Admission is free.
CITADEL THEATRE: West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. (847) 735-8554; www.citadeltheatre.org. “A Christmas Carol” will be performed through Dec. 29. The show is directed by Shifra Werch and produced by Kelly Farmer. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Also, there will be matinees at 11 a.m. Dec. 11 and 18 and at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21. Admission is $37.50, $32.50 for seniors and $15 for students and children. Discounts available for Thursday and Sunday performances. Special rates for groups of 10 or more.
MARRIOTT THEATRE: Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com. “Mary Poppins” will be performed through Jan. 1. The musical, based on P.L. Travers’ beloved stories and the classic Disney film, features a magical score and thrilling dancing. Most performances are 1 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $40-55. “The Nutcracker” will be performed through Dec. 28 Most performances are at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday and at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. A new musical of this classic tale comes to life for children of all ages when Marie receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. Tickets are $15 and group rates are available.
PM&L THEATRE: 877 Main St. (847) 395-3055; www.pmltheatre.com. “Godspell,” a musical based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Jesus Christ, the disciples, John the Baptist, and more are depicted as the cast presents a series of parables and the Passion through skits, dancing, and singing to a variety of musical styles. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) and the book is by John-Michael Tebelak. Tickets are $10-16 and available for purchase online.
THREE BROTHERS THEATRE: 115 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. (319) 621-0024. RemZephy Productions and Three Brothers Theatre will present “Three Bully Goats Gruff,” a Holiday Show, through Dec. 21. This production is presented to gently address the issue of bullying, while touching on three key approaches to bullying, and encouraging youths to take care of themselves as well as others. This live theatrical presentation is geared toward fun for the whole family. Performances are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Saturday. Tickets are $8.