• Small Business Saturday, November 25

    Shop Small. Shop Local. Shop Evanston!

    Be a part of Small Business Saturday on November 25 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:


    Downtown Evanston's "Keep Evanston Awesome" Shopping Passport

    Spend $100 at participating businesses and receive a gift from Downtown Evanston


    Main-Dempster Mile

    Spend $100 at participating business and receive a gift from MDM


    Brunch and lunch specials will be available throughout the city.

  • Holiday parking: Free for 2023!


    This offer is valid for Park Evanston app users once per day per account/license plate. See below for details.

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  • Purchase an Evanston gift card

    The holidays are around the corner and we want to encourage everyone in our community to keep their holiday shopping local. The Evanston Gift Card makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer and is also a way to show to support our local businesses! Consumers can purchase the Card as a gift for a friend, colleague or family member and companies can send it to employees as a special holiday gift. The important thing is the dollars stay local and benefit our shops and restaurants and our Community. Learn more!

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  • Holiday Events in Evanston

    Celebrate the holidays in Evanston all season long

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    November 19 through December 20

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The Evanston Art Center's Winter Arts & Crafts Expo is one of the Chicago area's largest and most celebrated shows. The Annual Expo showcases arts and crafts by over 140 selected artisans, featuring original, handmade works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media, and more.


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    Friday, November 18, 6 to 9 p.m. (Opening Night Party)

    Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    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.

    Thursday, December 1, 4 to 7 p.m.

    Downtown Evanston

    Start your shopping early this year! Stroll around downtown enjoying tastes of warm beverages at local shops and restaurants and take advantage of special promotions!

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    Saturday, December 3, 5 to 7 p.m.

    Fountain Square

    Celebrate the holiday season with Downtown Evanston at their Holiday Light Celebration ceremony on Saturday, December 3, 5-7pm.


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    Sunday, December 4, 1 to 4 p.m.

    Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St.

    Visit the Dawes House for live music, holiday treats, kids' crafts, and see the Dawes House dressed up and decked out for the Holidays. This event is free and open to all.


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    Thursday, December 8, 5 to 8 p.m.

    Main-Dempster Mile

    The stores of the Main-Dempster Mile open their doors to everyone for the holidays, welcoming neighbors with warm bevvies and holiday treats! You'll find carolers and lots of fun along the way.

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    Friday, December 9, 5 to 8 p.m.

    Outside Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.

    Ring in the holiday season with the Central Evanston Business Association for their annual holiday festival and tree lighting activities. The whole community is invited to join in to help spread holiday cheer and kick off the season of giving! Bring your favorite ornament to hang or decorate one on site.Enjoy food, holiday crafts, vendors, and music by the ETHS choir!


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    Sunday, December 11, 3pm

    Evanston Township High School - 1600 Dodge Ave.

    Don’t miss enjoying these favorite Yule festivities with your family and friends … and you can take advantage of our special rates for a package of 2 adult tickets and 3 children's tickets.

    The award-winning Evanston Symphony Orchestra is joined by:

    North Shore Choral Society [learn more]

    Evanston Children's Choir [learn more]

    Evanston Dance Ensemble [learn more]

    The Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir


    North Shore Choral Society [learn more]

    Evanston Dance Ensemble [learn more]

    The Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir

    And, a BIG bonus for all kids from 1 to 101 — a visit from Santa and his elves!


    Tickets & Info

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    Monday, December 23, 5:30 p.m.

    Fountain Square

    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.


    For more information, please call 847-869-8060.

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    Santa will return to Evanston aboard the CTA Holiday Train, which will visit stops at the along the Purple Line. Then shop and eat downtown with your family! Holiday train timetables here.

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    Thursday, December 26, 6 to 8 pm

    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.


    For more information, please call 847-866-5914.

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    Tuesday, December 31

    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.


  • Social Feed

    Use the #12DaysofEvanston hashtag to help spread the word about your favorite local shops and events this holiday season!

  • Shop Small. Shop Evanston Videos

    Take a look and enjoy these videos!


    2116 Central St.



    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

    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!

    Stella's Boutique

    Trattoria D.O.C.

    Vogue Fabrics

    Guitar Works

    Ayla's Originals

    Looking for jewelry this holiday season? Stop by Ayla's Originals.

    Smylie Brothers

    Sketchbook Brewing Co.


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