Best Cozy Weekend - December 19th & 20th - Chicago Moms Network

First, don’t forget to schedule your family photo shoot with Classic Kids Photography! Scroll down to the bottom of the post for more information about their COZY Winter Mini Shoots, happening now in Lincoln Park!

Is it just me or is December flying by!? Be sure to enjoy these last few weekends of festive fun before we ring in the new year! Today I’m featuring a mix of in-person (socially distanced) & virtual events to help get you in the holiday spirit. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sing and dance with Mr. Dave at the virtual Winter WonderJam

We love Mr. Dave! Are you ready to jingle bell ROCK and shake out the winter wiggles with Mr. Dave?! Join the Bennett Day School Winter WonderJam virtually on Saturday, December 19th at 10:00 am (CT), and don your favorite winter wear, whether it be glitz and glam or cozy and brightTickets are $10 per family and can be purchased here.

Winter WonderJam with Mr. Dave


Schedule a safely distanced, outdoor visit with Santa at Lil’ Pyar 

Santa is coming to Lil’ Pyar at 2130 N. Halsted Street on December 20th! The Lil’ Pyar elves have worked to be creative to ensure families can continue your holiday tradition- to visit Santa- safely! Visit Santa at The Shop by scheduling a TIMED APPOINTMENT to safely see and chat with Santa as he sits inside The Shop and you stand right outside the door! The Shop will follow City and State guidelines to ensure a safe experience that allows social distancing. This socially distanced Santa setup, with mandatory masks and timed appointments to prevent crowds and allow for each child to have a chat with Santa! Make your appointment here!


Santa at Lil’ Pyar


Enjoy a winter puppet show from home with the Nature Museum

Join the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for a FREE virtual puppet show on Saturday December 19th at 11am! Register here. This whimsical winter wonderland is brought to you by your friends at Jabberwocky Marionettes! Snowflakes will swirl, snowballs will fly, and some snowy owls will sing all about what makes Chicago so special.


Winter Puppet Show at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


Snuggle up for story time with Santa, live from the LP Zoo 

Join Santa at the Lincoln Park Zoo on Sunday December 19th at 10am for a magical story time event! Held over Zoom, this program will kick off with the jolly man reading The Mitten by Jan Brett, as well as Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson. At the end of the program, you will meet a Lincoln Park Zoo animal and receive a special, inside look at its habitat. Purchase your tickets here.

Story Time with Santa


Explore the amazing light displays in Roscoe Village and stop at John’s Place for a winter warmer 

Roscoe Village has some of the BEST lights in the city, it’s definitely worth a drive or walk around to check out the beautifully decorated houses! After you take a stroll around the neighborhood, be sure to stop at John’s Place for a visit to their Winter Wonderland stand! Expect LOTS of delicious baked goodies, as well as spiked spiced cider drinks and more!

John’s Place

COZY Winter Mini Shoots happening NOW at Classic Kids Photography in Lincoln Park! Throw on your cutest knit sweaters and winter accessories, and they’ll capture the PERFECT family photo! Slots are limited! To book, you can call their studio at 1773-296-2607 or submit a booking inquiry here!

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