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Fun Holiday Events in McHenry County

There are so many wonderful, cheer filled adventures in McHenry County. With all the amazing people and all the holiday spirit, we can’t list every holiday adventure. These are just a few of the holiday activities around our area that we, or members of our family and friends, have enjoyed.

Happy Holiday Railway Santa Trains-Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olson Road

Union, IL 60180

Embark on a magical 40 minute train ride through the winter countryside with Santa Claus himself!

· Enjoy a 40-minute train ride for the whole family

· See and visit with Santa Claus on the train

· Treats and hot chocolate will be served

· New for 2023: an animated light show and holiday song presentation entertaining you during your train trip

· Gifts will be given to children on Santa’s “good list”

· Holiday lights display throughout the campus including a spectacular animated snow plow display.

· Visit our indoor, heated Model Railroad Exhibit

· See historic trains in the museum’s display barns 3, 7 and 9

· Rides on historic Chicago streetcars included with your ticket

· Free parking

Days: December 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd

Times: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm

Cost: $25 per ticket

Woodstock Opera House-The Nutcracker Ballet 2023

Friday, December 8 & 15 at 7:00 PM Saturday, December 9 & 16 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM Sunday, December 10 & 17 at 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season as the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre transforms the Opera House stage into a realm of fantasy. Experience Clara’s magical and enchanting journey as Tchaikovsky’s world renowned music is brought to life through the talent and grace of Svalander’s ballet company.


Front Row Balcony $45 Friday Night Tickets $20 Saturday and Sunday $25

White Christmas Sing A Long

Movie at the Opera House

Thursday, December 14, 2023 @ 7 pm

Lyrics on the screen, you’ll be able to dream of a White Christmas right alongside Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in the beloved 1954 film.

Tickets: $8 all seats

Woodstock Opera House Christmas Tree Walk

November 24th-December 31st

Join us in the Annual Christmas Tree Walk where over 25 area organizations decorate trees to celebrate the holiday season. To participate, please download and fill out the Registration Form at the bottom of this page! The Christmas Tree Walk is open to the public beginning Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 31. Walk hours are: Monday-Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays from Noon-4:00pm

Holiday Magic Parade and Tree Lighting

December 9th, 2023 @5:30

Parade followed by tree lighting, meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus and kid crafts! There will also be drinks and sweets available at MJ’s Coffee Bar Food Truck.

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