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Watch Roz Varon's Weekender Report for December 8.

Check out our list of what's happening this weekend!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical, Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont

A favorite holiday special is now live on stage! All your favorite characters, including a 12-foot tall Abominable Snow Monster are brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. Performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party, The Art Institute of Chicago
Youngsters journey through the galleries of the museum to find mythical creatures, as they learn about the works of art and enjoy family friendly activities, including a tea party after the treasure hunt! The event features three sessions from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

PAWS Chicago Holiday Adopt-a-thon, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
The holiday season is a critical time of year for homeless pets, so PAWS Chicago is hoping to see at least 100 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens adopted during the 2-day event. Hours are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

CTA Holiday Train and Bus - Various CTA routes
The CTA Holiday Train will travel along the Blue Line from 4:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Friday and from 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturday. You'll be able to take photos with Santa on Saturday at the Forest Park or O'Hare stations!

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins - Red Theater Chicago, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago
As we enter the sixth night of Hanukkah, celebrate with the kids! Based on the classic children's holiday book, it's the fantastical story of Hershel defeating a series of goblins over the eight nights of Hanukkah. It runs through Jan. 5.

Chicago Polar Express, Union Station, Chicago

Take a ride on a decked-out holiday train and relive the magic of this classic holiday story. Tickets are selling out fast. The Chicago Polar Express runs daily, except on Christmas, through Jan. 1.

Winter Wonderfest, Navy Pier, Chicago
This family holiday tradition features 170,000-square-feet of attractions, including rides, giant slides and an indoor ice skating rink. Runs through Jan. 6.

Christkindlmarket, Naperville
Enjoy holiday shopping at this European-style market at Naper Settlement through Dec. 24.

Holiday Magic, Brookfield Zoo
In its 37th year, this event features 1 million twinkling lights, a 41-foot talking tree, a skating rink, carolers, ice carvers and cookie decorating. There will also be special zoo chats and singing to the animals, as well as lots of live holiday entertainment. Show opens Saturday and runs weekends through Dec. 23, as well as Dec. 26-31.

Holiday Flower Show, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago
Mixed in among the more than 700 poinsettias, trees, sparkling lights and model trains, you'll see a Radio Flyer Red Tricycle and wagons next to a sky-high tree decorated with old-fashioned lights and ornaments. This year's theme is Holiday Memories, featuring stuff from the 40s, 50s and 60s. This vintage-inspired holiday display runs through Jan. 6. Admission is free.

Holiday Magic, Brookfield Zoo
In its 37th year, this event features 1 million twinkling lights, a 41-foot talking tree, a skating rink, carolers, ice carvers and cookie decorating. There will also be special zoo chats and singing to the animals, as well as lots of live holiday entertainment. Show runs weekends through Dec. 23, as well as from Dec. 26-31.

Holiday Flower Show, Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago
Mixed in among the more than 700 poinsettias, trees, sparkling lights and model trains, you'll see a Radio Flyer Red Tricycle and wagons next to a sky-high tree decorated with old-fashioned lights and ornaments. This year's theme is Holiday Memories, featuring stuff from the 40s, 50s and 60s. This vintage-inspired holiday display runs through Jan. 6. Admission is free.

Joffrey Ballet The Nutcracker, Auditorium Theatre, 50 Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago
The magical production tells the classic holiday tale journeying back to Chicago's 1893 World's Fair. Christopher Wheeldon's boldly re-imagined Nutcracker runs through Dec. 31.

"A Shayna Maidel," TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington, Chicago
This highly acclaimed production has been extended a second and final time by popular demand. This powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the rise of the Nazis runs through Dec.16.

Caroling at Cloud Gate - Millennium Park
Caroling at Cloud Gate is back!. From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. you can sing along with local Chicago choral groups as they lead everyone in classic holiday songs. Caroling at Cloud Gate is free and will be held Fridays through Dec.14, with an additional sing-along on Wednesday Dec. 12.

Zoo Lights - Lincoln Park Zoo
For free family holiday fun, check out the 2.5 million lights throughout the zoo, along with 3-D displays, ice sculpting demos, carolers, musical light shows, photos with Santa and lots more! Zoo Lights runs from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. most days through Jan. 6.

Garfield Park Conservatory Holiday Show - Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago

The Garfield Park Conservatory's Holiday Show, Tickled Pink, is open! It features pink poinsettias surrounded by deep green trees, right out of a sugar plum dream! It runs through Jan. 6. Admission is free!

Q Brothers Christmas Carol - Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier
On the holiday theatre beat, check out the hip-hop spin on this Dickens classic! It's got everything from a Jamaican Jacob Marley to hip-hop ghosts of the past present and future, bringing Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme and redemption. It runs through Dec. 30.

Wonderland Express - Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
The Wonderland Express is back, with its magical model trains traveling through miniature Chicago landmarks, crafted from natural materials! The Wonderland Express runs most days through Jan. 6.

Holiday in the Park - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee
Holiday in the Park features a dazzling display of lights, character story time, a merry marketplace, festive rides and tasty seasonal treats and drinks! Holiday in the Park is open weekends through Dec. 31.

The Nutcracker - Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Chicago
Here's a family-friendly holiday tradition at the Chopin Theatre - The Nutcracker is a ballet-free, interactive production that will delight audiences of all ages! It runs through Dec. 30.

Miss Saigon - Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago
A revival of the legendary musical runs through Saturday.

The Wizard of Oz - Paramount Theatre, Aurora
The magical production of the classic musical is delighting audiences through Jan. 6.

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical - Theatre At The Center, Munster, Ind.
A classic holiday favorite! Based on the 1947 film, this delightful production runs through Dec. 23.
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