Horse-drawn carriage rides usher in Park Ridge holidays
Updated: January 7, 2013 6:14AM
PARK RIDGE — The countdown to Christmas is on — what are you doing to ring in the holidays? Here are a few local events you may want to consider:
Carriage Rides, CRAFTS
The Center of Concern Auxiliary will host a holiday craft fair on Friday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave. in Park Ridge. Admission is free.
The Center of Concern will also offer carriage rides, a pasta dinner and a visit from Santa on Dec. 7 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The horse-drawn carriage rides will span 15 minutes and also begin at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the dinner and rides are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information call Nancy Buckely at (847) 318-1008.
Holiday Open House
The Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit Ave., in Park Ridge will host the 7th annual Holiday Open House and breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Santa will be on hand for photos and there will be caroling and free toys. Guests can also vote for their favorite Christmas tree decorated by students from St. Paul of the Cross School, Carpenter School, Washington School, Washington School Girl Scout troops and Field School Wolf Scouts.
Admission is $12.50 for adults and children 8 and up or $10 for family members of Summit residents. Cost is $6 for children ages 4-7.
Christmas Pizza Party
Mary, Seat of Wisdom’s Family School Association will hold a Pizza Party on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate a visit from Santa Claus. In addition to pizza, festivities will include games, holiday crafts, a bake sale, raffles, Christmas carols and a special gift for each child from Santa.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 and up. They can be purchased at the door. Mary, Seat of Wisdom is located at 1352 S. Cumberland Ave.
‘A Christmas Carol’
Lyric Opera’s Frank Babbitt will present Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” as a solo performance at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Freewill donations and canned goods will be accepted to help support the Maine Township Food Pantry. A reception will follow the performance.
Children are invited to create holiday decorations for their friends and family during a Thursday, Dec. 13 program at the Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave. The program will take place at 4 p.m. in the first floor meeting room and is open to children in kindergarten through third-grade.