Winter Holiday Events

Santas Workshop 2014

Polar Express Storytime Train
Saturday, December 3

Join us for one of Itasca’s favorite events! We will meet at the Metra Train Station in Itasca and board the train for a fun-filled trip. Enjoy a story, chocolate milk, cookies, and a special visit from everyone’s favorite jolly old elf, Santa! The trip will take you from Itasca to Elgin and back. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa to remind them of their magical journey. Come dressed in your favorite Christmas PJ’s! After registration, the itinerary will be mailed to your home. Children age 6 months and under are free. Information may change based on Metra’s Schedule.

Registration deadline: Sunday, November 27th or when trains have reached maximum capacity. 
Age: All
Fee: $25 per person (6 months and under are free) 
Train Times:
9:12 am-9:55 am/361200-01
11:12 am-11:55 am/361200-02
1:12-1:55 pm/361200-03
3:12-3:55 pm/361200-04

Holiday House Decoration Contest
Monday, December 12 at 6 pm-FREE

Village of Itasca and the Itasca Park District residents, decorate your house with holiday spirit! To enter your house: email your name, address, and phone number to Lights must be on by 6 pm. Prizes will be awarded! Winners will be posted on the Itasca Facebook Page & website by December 19.

Gingerbread Man Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, December 3-12

"Run! Run! As fast as you can! As fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The Gingerbread Man is back and once again escaped Grandma's kitchen and we need help finding him! Participants will find and solve clues, puzzles, and riddles hidden around Itasca. Complete anytime between December 2nd and December 11th. Email correct locations the Gingerbread Man visited to to be entered for a prize. The first clue will be email to you on December 2nd at 12:00 pm. Price per family. You can register additional members to receive more entries for a prize. (ER)

AGE: All
FEE: $5 320249-01 

Grow a Candy Kane Kit
Wednesday, December 7

The holidays and the winter season is a magical time! Participate in the magic by registering for a Grow a Cane Kit! Plant the peppermint in your pot over night and in the morning, it will grow into a candy cane! This kit needs special supervision, help and experienced magic from an adult. Kits will be delivered to Itasca Park District and Village Residents on Wednesday, December 7th between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Nonresidents can pick up their kit after 3:00 pm. (ER)

AGE: 1-8yrs
FEE: $10 320721-01
MIN/MAX: 6/24

You've Been Grinched!
Friday, December 16

Grinch your own house or a friend or family's house with a holiday surprise! The Grinch's helpers will deliver the surprises and treats to Itasca Park District and Village Residents on Friday, December 16th between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. A "You've Been!" sign will be left in the yard stating who Grinched that house. (ER)

AGE: All
$20 320250-01- Grinch Your House
$20 320250-02-Grinch a Friend’s House

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt
Monday, December 19 from 6-6:30 pm & 7-00-7:30 pm

Bundle up, grab a flashlight, and join us at Washington Park for a Candy Cane Hunt! Participants will hunt for a dozen candy canes. Some candy canes will have a special note attached to it to be turned in for a prize. All participants will leave with a small goody bag. (ER)

AGE: 1-14yrs
FEE: $10 
LOCATION: Washington Park