Holiday events in Lansing: A running list

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By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (December 2, 2021) – After a year of cancellations in 2020, many local organizations are excited to get back to hosting fun and festive holiday events this year.

The list below includes Christmas and other holiday events The Lansing Journal compiled through phone calls, emails, and Facebook searches. If your organization is hosting an event not included in this list, please fill out our holiday event form so we can include your event.

This page will be updated and re-published as needed to reflect the most accurate information.

Holiday events in Lansing and the surrounding area

Ongoing

  • Letters to Santa and Christmas decorations: A local family is hosting a mailbox to Santa at their residence at 17427 Greenbay Avenue. Santa will write back to those who provide a return address with their letter. This residence is also a drop-off location for the Helmets for Cody Toy Drive, which distributes toys to local hospitals.
  • Santa’s Mailbox at the Lan-Oak Park District: December 16 is the final day for Lansing youth ages 12 and under to drop a special letter to Santa in his mailbox in the lobby of the Eisenhower Center. Authors that include their return address will receive a letter in return. Drop-off is available during business hours only. The Eisenhower Center is located at 2550 178th Street.

Friday, December 3

  • Munster “Light the Night” event: The town of Munster is hosting an event at its Town Hall to celebrate the holiday season, and kick off the town’s holiday lighting competition, which raises money to fund grants for Munster schools. Munster Town Hall is located at 1005 Ridge Road. More details in this article.
  • Polar Express Pajama Party: December 3 is the final day to register for the Lan-Oak Park District’s Polar Express Pajama Party on Friday, December 10 at 5:30. Kids ages 3–5 will enjoy pizza, hot chocolate, popcorn, and games before watching The Polar Express. Registration for residents is $36 and is available online. Program #310025.
  • Center for Visual and Performing Arts’ “Dickens’ Christmas Carol Dinner Show”: This Charles Dickens-inspired show and dinner continues on December 3 and runs through December 6. More details in this article.

Saturday, December 4

  • Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with Santa: The annual breakfast tradition returns, this year hosted at the American Legion. Tickets are $6 and available online or at the door. The breakfast is from 8 – 11 a.m. and is located at 18255 Grant Street. More details in this article.
  • Oak Glen Church Cookie Walk: Oak Glen United Reformed Church is hosting its Cookie Walk event at 9 a.m. Oak Glen URC is located at 2244 Indiana Avenue.
  • Fox Pointe Tree Lighting: Starting at around 5:30 p.m., the Village of Lansing kicks off its second annual tree display at Fox Pointe. After the lighting of the Village tree and the other trees that have been decorated and sponsored by local organizations and families, Santa will make an appearance and greet the crowd. Fox Pointe is located at 18138 Henry Street. More details in this article.
  • Santa House: Santa House is back this year, and is open on select dates for families to visit with Santa, share wishlists, and take a few photos. After the Fox Pointe tree-lighting, Santa House will be open until 8 p.m. on December 4. Santa House is located on Randolph Street immediately north of Fox Pointe. More details in this article.

Sunday, December 5

  • Oakwood Estates neighborhood tree-lighting: Neighbors living near the intersection of 191st and Wildwood in the Oakwood Estates neighborhood are invited to a tree-lighting at 4:30 p.m. The tradition features the conifer tree located on the northeast corner of 191st and Wildwood.

Friday, December 10

  • Santa House: Santa House is open from 6 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 11

  • Santa House: Santa House is open from 12 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 12

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass: St. Ann Catholic Church will host an Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at 1 p.m. St. Ann Church is located at 3010 Ridge Road in Lansing.

Monday, December 13

  • Lan-Oak Park District’s Deck the House contest: December 13 is the final day to register for the Park District’s house decorating contest. Registered houses must be in Lansing and will be judged on Thursday, December 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on Friday, December 17. The contest is free to join, and registration is available online. Program #350115 (01).

Friday, December 17

  • Santa House: Santa House is open from 6 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 18

  • Santa House: Santa House is open from 12 – 3 p.m.

If you don’t see your holiday event on this list, fill out our form here.

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