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Shop Evanston For the Holidays!
Enjoy a full calendar of community
events and support Evanston's
Small Business Saturday, November 30
Shop Small. Shop Local. Shop Evanston!
Be a part of Small Business Saturday on November 30 and shop at Evanston's small, local shops in various business districts, including Central Street, Downtown Evanston, Main-Dempster Mile, and Howard Street. Holiday shoppers are encouraged to support the small, independent businesses that help make the Evanston community so special!
Check out these Special Small Business Saturday events:
Spend $100 at participating business and receive a gift from MDM
Brunch and lunch specials will be available throughout the city.
From Saturday, November 30 through Saturday, January 4, Evanston shoppers can have their parking validated at participating Evanston businesses with a qualifying purchase. Validation can be used for free two-hour parking at City meters and surface lots every day. Shoppers parking at City meters and lots must use the Park Evanston mobile app in order to redeem validation.
Holiday Events in Evanston
Celebrate the holidays in Evanston all season long
The Evanston Art Center's Winter Art & Crafts Expo is one of the largest and most celebrated craft shows in the Chicago area. The annual Expo features original arts and crafts by over 140 selected artisans, featuring works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media, and more.
The Women's Club of Evanston's Holiday Bazaar is a juried gift fair featuring artists and makers of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts. Exhibitors include makers of fashion and accessories, gourmet foods, home decor, jewelry, and specialty items.
Celebrate the holiday season at the Evanston Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 7, 5-7pm. Join Mayor Hagerty, Santa and Mrs. Claus to light up the live tree at the south end of Fountain Square plaza!
The Evanston Children's Choir will perform at 5pm followed by a holiday greeting from Mayor Hagerty who will then light the tree at 5:30pm.
Northwestern Purple Haze, an acapella group, will perform after the Tree Lighting followed by other musical acts to be announced soon.
Following the Tree Lighting, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and warm up with hot chocolate a location to be announced soon.
Sip and shop your way throughout downtown Evanston during the 5th Annual Warm Bevvy Walk on Thursday, December 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Enjoy an evening stroll with friends and family, stopping at stores to try tasty beverages and shop for the holidays. Check-in at Newport Coffee House to pick up a map of the stops and get wristband if you'd like to enjoy "spiked" beverages. ID required.
Visit Firehouse Grill Sunday, Dec. 15 for pictures with Santa! Ticket price includes visit with Mr. Claus and a brunch/lunch buffet. There will also be a craft project available for the kids. Make sure to bring your camera to snap a photo!
Come find your perfect holiday gifts, enjoy mulled wine, and festive treats at the first ever Holiday Market at Peckish Pig featuring jewelry, art, CDB products + cookies, dog treats, merchandise, home goods, and more!
December 21,22 and 28,29 Noyes Cultural Arts Center - 927 Noyes St.
The Nutcracker meets The Wizard of Oz in this popular holiday show for all ages; combining ballet, hip-hop, and modern dance with storytelling theatre and the Tchaikovsky score you know and love. Join Clara, Toto, The Snowman and the Nutcracker on their fun and mysterious journey. This is a holiday play for the entire family.
Tannenbaum Chabad House invites you to join Mayor Stephen Hagerty and Evanston's civic, business and Jewish communities to Evanston's Public Chanukah Lighting and Celebration. The 10-foot Menorah will be lit at Fountain Square at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 23.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center - 1655 Foster St.
Join your friends and neighbors in celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center in a free celebration for all ages! There will be music, spoken word, and dancing. There will also be the traditional lighting of the Kinara and recitation of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.
First Night Evanston is a family-friendly event featuring live music, poetry, dancing and more, at a variety of indoor Evanston venues surrounding Raymond Park, located at Chicago Ave. and Lake St.
Mayor's Annual Food & Toy Drive
November 4 - December 13, 2019
To ensure every Evanston family gets to celebrate this holiday season, Mayor Stephen Hagerty is encouraging all community members to participate in the 11th annual Mayor's Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive.
Through Friday, December 13, the City is collecting new, unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities, in addition to staple food items for holiday meals, including stuffing, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, corn and corn bread mix. New this year, the City is also collecting new and gently used children's books.
Donate Food & Toys
Donate toys & food items at locations throughout the community
Items can be dropped off at locations throughout the city, including:
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave
Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St.
Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.
Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.
Evanston Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave.
All five Evanston fire stations, 1332 Emerson St., 702 Madison St., 1105 Central St., 1817 Washington St. and 2830 Central St.
Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
North Branch library,2026 Central St.
Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch library, 900 Chicago Ave., Suite 102
Looking for fun and unique gift ideas? Stella offers an eclectic mix of clothing, vintage and handmade jewelry, handbags, accessories, and more. They've got the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We stopped by and spoke with owner Rachel and she told us a few of her favorite things for this holiday season.
Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery
Everyone loves plants! Stop by and few living art, exotic plants labeled for pet safety, artist-made gifts and more.
Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony
See Jane Sparkle
Follow Your Nose
Stop by for precious gifts for your four-legged friends.
Squeezebox Books & Music
Shoppers rejoice! Take advantage of 20% off the ENTIRE store. Please note: The sale excludes Black Friday Record Store Day titles.
Stumble & Relish
Looking for something unique this holiday season? Stop by and enjoy 20% off ALL holiday greeting cards (Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, etc.). Shoppers that spend $30 or more will also receive a FREE tote bag while supplies last.
Shop Local this Small Business Saturday
Hear from Evanston's aldermen about shopping local!
The Collage Cafe
Happy Husky Bakery
Allegro Dance Boutique
Oliver's Trains & Toys
The Spice House
Looking for jewelry this holiday season? Stop by Ayla's Originals.
Bottle & Bottega
Have a fun night out painting and drinking. Stop by Bottle & Bottega!
Hip Circle Studio
Sketchbook Brewing Co.
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