Don’t look now, but the holidays are fast approaching!  As usual, they’ll be here and gone before you know it.  So during this hectic season take some time for yourself, family, and friends to enjoy the holiday festivities around town!!

The Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St.) in the West Loop neighborhood is happy to present Jinglefest this Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  It’s a family-friendly event open to people of all ages, featuring complimentary pictures with Santa, holiday gifts, food from more than 30 vendors, and a Mrs. Claus balloon twister onsite!  Special deals and treats are available from the vendors as well!!

Find the most unusual and stylishly crafted mix of vintage and modern decorative objects, housewares, fashion for men/women/children, art, hostess gifts, and more from 125 vendors at this year’s Randolph Street Holiday Market this Saturday and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) in historic Plumbers Hall (1340 W. Washington Blvd.) on the Near West Side.  The Market also has a great variety of locally made sweet treats and savory goodies to enjoy onsite or take home, lunch vendors throughout the building, and a fancy food hallway on the second floor.  Or visit the Market bar for a Bloody Mary, beer, wine, or champagne while listening to the tunes of DJ D!  It’s a can’t miss Chicago holiday shopping experience!!

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its inaugural, immersive experience this holiday season – Wrigleyville Winter Wonderland this Saturday and Sunday (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) at 947 W. Roscoe Street (corner of Roscoe and Clark) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  The Winter Wonderland’s four heated snow domes include a Santa’s Workshop, a Santa’s Surf Shack, an Ice Cave, and a Christmas Wonderland.  In addition to the snow domes, activities and events include snowboard demonstrations from W82, artwork projected on buildings around Wonderland, crafts for the kids, and an ever-changing 3D hologram Christmas Tree!  Admission is free and food and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Come celebrate the 35th annual Music Box Christmas Show featuring “White Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” screenings and sing-alongs at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.) in the Lakeview neighborhood.  Each year, holiday revelers are greeted by Santa Claus, who is accompanied by the Music Box organist Dennis Scott, in a sing along of the most cherished Christmas carols of all time!  Afterwards, it’s time to sit back and enjoy one or both Christmas movie classics!!

Enjoy an afternoon of early silent films and an exploration of Chicago’s role in the movie business at A Silent Christmas this Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Charnel House (3421 W. Fullerton Ave.) in the Logan Square neighborhood.  See some of the earliest Christmas and winter-themed silent films in existence, going all the way back to 1898!  The films will feature live accompaniment by local pianist Matt Griffo.  It’s the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the ghosts of Christmas past this holiday season since The Charnel House was formerly a funeral parlor!!

A must see for the kid inside us all is Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch!  Benedict Cumberbatch (Academy Award nominee) lends his voice to the infamous Grinch.  Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism!  And I know because I saw it and will do so again!!

Happy Festivities!