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Crafts, Music and Dance: Lots of Great Holiday Things to Do This Weekend

Take some time amid the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays and have a little fun!

Wow—only nine days until Christmas, and that means this weekend's events are again centered around the holidays.

In addition to the offering free admission all month, and the at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, this is the last weekend for the . From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, while you're finishing up your holiday shopping in downtown Elmhurst, be sure to stop by all three tent stations—York and Adelaide, 190 N. York and Addison at Schiller Court—to get your ticket punched for a chance to win big prizes.

You'll also want to consider the following fun events, which include craft events, a dance performance and a sing along, among other things.

We couldn't fit everything in here, so be sure to check out our calendar and, as always, tell us what we missed in the comments.

1. CREATE A CARD WORKSHOP
When/Where:
7 p.m. Friday at , 125 S. Prospect Ave.
Why Go: Design your own unique holiday card for a special someone. The library will provide blank cards, rubber stamps and sparkly craft supplies; you provide your creativity and a heartfelt message. This event is for kids in grades two through eight. Register by phone or at the Help Desk with your library card.
Cost: Free

2. ELMHURST DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS 'NUTCRACKER HIGHLIGHTS'
When/Where:
2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, , 345 E. St. Charles Road
Why Go: Elmhurst Dance Theatre resident company of , which has been a premier school for ballet, jazz, tap and more in Elmhurst for 30 years. Students from elementary school through adult will perform this popular annual production to get you in the mood for the holidays.
Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and younger

3. SING ALONG WITH SANTA
When/Whers:
2 p.m. Saturday, 119 N. York St.
Why Go: Bet you didn't know that Santa can sing. Kids of all ages can belt out holiday classics with friends, family, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Be sure to bring your camera. Food and drink is available for purchase.
Cost: Free

4. AGAPE BELL-RINGERS SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
When/Where:
4 p.m. Saturday, , 149 W. Brush Hill Road
Why Go: This Christmas extravaganza will include old favorites as well as new holiday selections, utilizing 203 handbells and 73 handchimes. The Young Naperville Singers are guest artists. This popular handbell ensemble has performed with jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis, the Rockford Symphony, the North Shore Choral Society and the Illinois Brass Band, among others.
Cost: $15

5. CREATE A GEM TREE
When/Where:
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at , 220 Cottage Hill Ave. (Wilder Park)
Why Go: Lapidaries Bill and Lois Zima of the DesPlaines Valley Geological Society will teach participants how to make beautiful little Christmas trees out of gemstones and wire. They make great gifts! All materials are included and the activity is for ages 9 and up. Call (630) 833-1616 for a reservation.
Cost: $20, $15 for museum members.

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