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Holiday Happenings 2017!



Welcoming over 208,000 visitors last year, Naper Settlement is proud to host the sole suburban location of the beloved outdoor German market, Christkindlmarket Naperville! The market is the perfect place for visitors to stroll the beautiful museum grounds, and shop, eat and drink at a variety of German and European vendors. 

We have a booth! Stop by Naper Settlement's booth (#6) to purchase delicious hot cider, cider gift sets or money-saving coupon books!

Parking: Check out our weekend and weekday maps, as well as the addresses of nearby parking lots.

Christkindlmarket Naperville hours:
Thursdays-Sundays, November 24-December 17:
      Thursdays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The week of Christmas: 
      Monday-Thursday, December 18-21: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, December 22 & 23: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, December 24 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free (Dogs Are Prohibited - Except Service Dogs)

Learn more about The Christkindlmarket.       

Home for the Holidays: Christmas in the Fabulous 1950s Exhibit
November 14 - December 24
Explore mid-century modern traditions and fun fads in Naper Settlement’s holiday-themed, post-World War II exhibit, Home for the Holidays: Christmas in the Fabulous 1950s. This temporary exhibit highlights a time when the U.S. government began tracking Santa Claus’ sleigh via radar, aluminum trees were the latest trend, and Napervillians started to enthusiastically adorn their homes with plastic decorations. 

The exhibit will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The exhibit will also be open and free during Christkindlmarket hours, but will close one hour prior to the market closing.

Santa @ the Settlement - SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 2, 9 & 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Begin a tradition and get in the holiday spirit by visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus! Visitors will be able to share their wishes in their letter to Santa, craft two ornaments in Santa’s Workshop and prepare a magical treat for Santa’s reindeer in the Reindeer Food Factory. Be sure to visit Mrs. Claus’ Bakery to help her decorate cookies, then gather ‘round for story time. Bring your cameras for a special photo with Santa!

All dates for this event are sold out.

Victorian Holiday Traditions - SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 3, 3–5 p.m.
Celebrate the season while learning about Victorian holiday traditions such as Christmas trees and ornaments, peppermint pigs and the Christmas pickle! Enjoy an informative presentation in our historic 1840s Meeting House followed by a guided tour of the Martin Mitchell Mansion, decorated in traditional Victorian splendor. Be prepared to walk outdoors to the Mansion. Reservations are required. For ages teen to adult. 

This event is sold out. No registration at the door.

History Speaks: An Old-Fashioned Christmas 
Sunday, December 10, 4-5 p.m.
Historian and author Rochelle Pennington invites audiences to take a nostalgic glance back to bygone Christmases between 1930 and 1960 when holiday feasts were prepared from canned jars and holiday shopping began with a Sears & Roebuck catalog. Pennington’s program, filled with humor and historic trivia, will also feature items from her antique toy collection.

Admission: Non-members are $10/adult, $9/youth (4-12) and students; Members are $8/adult, $7/youth (4-12)

Naper Lights
Open Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 24 to Dec. 17
Thursdays: 4:30-7 p.m.
Fridays-Saturdays: 4:30-9 p.m.
Sundays: 4:30-6 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, December 18 – 23 from 4:30-8 p.m.

Stroll the museum grounds and experience an expanded magical holiday lights celebration! Presented by Naperville Sunrise Rotary, the display features a number of large holiday-themed figures and lighted trees. The lights will be viewable from outside of Naper Settlement from Dec. 24-26. For more information on Naper Lights, visit their website.

Admission: Free

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