Roz Varon's Weekender Report

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Roz Varon takes a look at what's going on in the city and suburbs this weekend. (WLS)

There's lots of fall fun to be had around town this weekend.

Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting - Millennium Park
It's the most magical time of the year! The holiday season officially starts at 6 p.m. Friday with the Chicago tree lighting in Millennium Park. The free show will feature cast members of the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol," country music trio Temecula Road and the Oakdale Christian Academy Children's Choir.

Christkindlmarket - Daley Plaza
Nearby at Daley Plaza, Chicago's Christkindlmarket has just opened, featuring holiday decorations from around the world, toys, food, sweets and more. Next Friday is opening day for the Christkindlmarket in Naperville, and at a new location on the North Side, at the park at Wrigley!

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Michigan Avenue from Oak to Wacker

Bundle up and head to Michigan Avenue this weekend for the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! Activities and performances begin Fridayat 4 p.m. at Pioneer Court, and again at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The big tree lighting parade steps off at 5:30 at Oak Street and Michigan Avenue, with grand marshals Mickie Mouse and Minnie Mouse, spectacular floats, bands, helium balloons and or course fabulous fireworks to wrap it all up.

A Christmas Carol - Goodman Theatre
On the holiday theatre beat, the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" opens Saturday - this is the 40th anniversary of the timeless tale scrooge's magical discovery of the true meaning of Christmas. It runs through December 31.

Randolph Street Holiday Market - Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington
Make a dent in that holiday shopping at the Randolph Street Holiday market, Saturday and Sunday at the Plumbers Hall. Antique, vintage and modern goods make for a convenient one-stop-shopping experience!
Chicago Toy and Game Fair - Navy Pier
Speaking of holiday shopping, check out the Chicago Toy and Game Fair going on Saturday and Sunday at Navy Pier! This fair has the who's who of toy and game inventors and companies! Shop for the hottest new and classic toys - you can even test out products before they hit the retail shelves!

Illumination - Morton Arboretum
The incredible Illumination is back at the Morton Arboretum! See trees in a different, interactive light along the one-mile outdoor walking tour, or on a paved path winding through 50-acres of the arboretum.

It's a Wonderful Live: Live in Chicago - Stage 773
And the American Blues Theater's It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago is back at Stage 773! Travel back in time to see the holiday classic performed on stage as a live radio broadcast. It runs through January 6.

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