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'Tis the Season: Plan your holiday with this list of performances and events

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 11:47 p.m. CDT

December's near, which means there are loads of holiday sights and sounds to enjoy. Here's a list of local performances and events to help you plan.

Nov. 29• "White Christmas" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.

Nov. 30• North Grove School's Old Fashioned Christmas Open House: 2 to 5 p.m. at North Grove School, 26745 Brickville Road, Sycamore. www.northgroveschool.org.• Ashley Lewis & Legacy Christmas Show: 8 p.m. at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. www.sandwichoperahouse.org.

Dec. 1• Festival of Trees begins: Runs through Jan. 5 at Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St. in Sycamore; www.mmnh.org.• "A Christmas Story" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.

Dec. 5• Santa Comes to Town: Cookies, cocoa and caroling at 6 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb; Santa arrives at 7 p.m.

Dec. 6• "Polar Express" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.• Celebrate the Season: 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Genoa. Santa will arrive in the Jingle Bell Parade and light the community tree before visiting with children at his house.• Santa House: 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.• Walk with Santa and Courthouse Tree lighting: Santa arrives at 6 p.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, walk continues to the DeKalb County Courthouse, corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore, for tree lighting. www.discoversycamore.com.• Community Tree Lighting: 6:30 p.m. at Hinckley Community Building, 120 Maple St., Hinckley. Santa will arrive on a fire truck.• Beth Fowler Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb; www.egyptiantheatre.org.• Celebration Chorale Christmas Cantata: 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St. in DeKalb; 815-756-6301.• Indian Valley Theatre's "Miracle on 34th Street": 7 p.m. at Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. www.indianvalleytheatre.com.• Holiday Open House: 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb; www.ellwoodhouse.org.

Dec. 7• Breakfast with Santa: 9 to 11 a.m. at the DeKalb Park District's Hopkins Park Community Center, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. 815-756-8560.• Sandwich Park District’s Festival of Trees: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Timber Creek Inn and Suites, Route 34 in Sandwich. www.sandwichparkdistrict.org.• Carriage rides: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library, North Third Street, and Van Buer Plaza, Second and Locust streets, in DeKalb• Visit with Santa: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Van Buer Plaza in downtown DeKalb.• Santa House: 11 to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.• "Polar Express" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.• Holiday Open House: 1 to 3 p.m. at Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore; www.sycamorehistory.org.• Holiday Open House: 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb; www.ellwoodhouse.org.• Celebration Chorale Christmas Cantata: 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St. in DeKalb; 815-756-6301.• Christmas Cantata: 6 p.m. at Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave. in Sycamore; 815-895-9113.• Beth Fowler Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb; www.egyptiantheatre.org.• Indian Valley Theatre's "Miracle on 34th Street": 7 p.m. at Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. www.indianvalleytheatre.com.

Dec. 8• Sandwich Park District’s Festival of Trees: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Timber Creek Inn and Suites, Route 34 in Sandwich. www.sandwichparkdistrict.org.• "Polar Express" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.• Santa House: Noon to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.• 19th annual Christmas Tree Walk and Open House: 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive, DeKalb. 815-756-8461.• Holiday Open House: 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb; www.ellwoodhouse.org.• The 44th Annual Country Music Toy Drive: 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Feed 'em Soup, 122 S. First St. in DeKalb; www.thehousecafe.net.• Indian Valley Theatre's "Miracle on 34th Street": 2 p.m. at Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. www.indianvalleytheatre.com.• Beth Fowler Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker”: 2 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb; www.egyptiantheatre.org.• Northern Illinois University School of Music Holiday Concert: 3 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb; 815-753-1551.• Gurler Heritage Holiday Sing: 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Gurler House, 205 Pine St., DeKalb. 815-758-4897.• Christmas Cantata: 6 p.m. at Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave. in Sycamore; 815-895-9113.• Carols and Candles: 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St., DeKalb; 815-758-0691.

Dec. 12• Stage Coach Players’ “A Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. at Stage Coach Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb; www.stagecoachers.com.

Dec. 13• Cookies with Santa: 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sycamore Park District clubhouse on the golf course off East State Street in Sycamore; www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com.• Santa House: 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.• Sycamore High School Madrigals dinner: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, 322 Waterman St. in Sycamore; 815-899-8160, ext. 2173.• Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert: 7 p.m. at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; www.kishorchestra.org.• Stage Coach Players’ “A Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. at Stage Coach Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb; www.stagecoachers.com.

Dec. 14• Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 to noon, Cortland Community Park, 70 S. Llanos St., Cortland.• Christmas in Kirkland: 9 to 11 a.m. at Alpine Bank, 306 W. Main St., Kirkland. Santa will arrive at 9 a.m. to visit with children. Horse-drawn wagon rides, music and refreshments.• Cookies with Santa: 9 a.m. to noon at the Sycamore Park District clubhouse on the golf course off East State Street in Sycamore; www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com.• Cookies with Santa: 10 a.m. to noon at the Genoa-Kingston Middle School, 941 W. Main St. in Genoa• Visit with Santa: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Van Buer Plaza in downtown DeKalb.• Carriage rides: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library, North Third Street, and Van Buer Plaza, Second and Locust streets, DeKalb.• Santa House: 11 to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.• "Christmas Vacation" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.• Waterman Christmas House Walk and Carriage Rides: Noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Waterman, Route 30 and North Cedar Street. www.watermanil.com.• "It's A Wonderful Life" movie: 1 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb; www.egyptiantheatre.org.• Stage Coach Players’ “A Christmas Carol”: 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Stage Coach Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb; www.stagecoachers.com.• Sycamore/Rochelle Performing Arts Academy's "Christmas Around the World": 5:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb; www.egyptiantheatre.org.• DeKalb High School Madrigals dinner: 6 p.m. at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road in DeKalb; 815-754-2120.• Sycamore High School Madrigals dinner: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, 322 Waterman St. in Sycamore; 815-899-8160, ext. 2173.

Dec. 15• "Christmas Vacation": 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.• Santa House: Noon to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.• Stage Coach Players’ “A Christmas Carol”: 2 p.m. at Stage Coach Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb; www.stagecoachers.com.

Dec. 18• Greater Kishwaukee Area Concert Band holiday concert: 7 p.m. at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. www.kishconcertband.org.

Dec. 19• DeKalb County's Largest Holiday Office Party: 5 to 8 p.m. at Fatty's Pub and Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb; www.fattyspub.com.• A Visit From Santa: 7 p.m. at Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., Sycamore. www.sycamorelibrary.org.

Dec. 20• "Elf" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.• Santa House: 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.• DeKalb High School Madrigals dinner: 6 p.m. at Northern Illinois University's Altgeld Hall in DeKalb; 815-754-2120.

Dec. 21• "Elf" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.• Visit with Santa: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Van Buer Plaza in downtown DeKalb.• Carriage rides: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library, North Third Street, and Van Buer Plaza, Second and Locust streets, in DeKalb.• Santa House: 11 to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.• DeKalb High School Madrigals dinner: 6 p.m. at Northern Illinois University's Altgeld Hall in DeKalb; 815-754-2120.

Dec. 22• "Elf" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com. • Santa House: Noon to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse, at the corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore.

Dec. 23• "Elf" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.

Dec. 24• "Elf" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.

Dec. 26• "Elf" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.

Dec. 27• "Home Alone" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.

Dec. 28• "Home Alone" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.

Dec. 29• "Home Alone" movie: 11 a.m. at Sycamore State Street Theatre, 420 W. State St., Sycamore; www.sycamorestatetheater.com.

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