Photo Credit: Niles Park District

Holiday Happenings in Niles

It’s that time of year and we’re so excited to see so many houses and businesses dressed up in festive lights and decorations. Here at the Library, we’re getting into the holiday spirit by enjoying programs curated by our lovely librarians. We’ll be sharing both programs presented by the Library and other programs from around Niles to get you excited for a different kind of holiday season. Enjoy!

Niles-Maine District Library

Virtual Programs

Wind and Steel Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m. | REGISTER

Knit Wits: Knit & Crochet a Gingerbread Man
Monday, December 14, 6:30-8 p.m. | REGISTER

DIY Felt Reindeer
Tuesday, December 15, 6-7 p.m | REGISTER

Knit Wits: Knit & Crochet Holiday Projects
Monday, December 21, 6:30-8 p.m. | REGISTER

Mid-Century Christmas with Leslie Goddard | WATCH NOW


Village of Niles

Outdoor Photo Opportunities

Santa Sleigh at Village Hall

Take a photo on Santa’s sleigh in front of the beautifully lit tree outside the Niles Senior Center.

Waterfall on Milwaukee/Touhy

The Niles Waterfall Fountain located at the corner of Milwaukee Ave and Touhy Ave makes for quite the backdrop to any family photo. Stop by and snap a pic of yourself and your family.

Holiday Lights Contest

Twinkle Lights Contest

The Public Arts and Culture Council presents the 4th Annual Twinkle and Lights Holiday Decorating Contest, for residents who want to show off their holiday spirit. Find all of the information here.


Niles Park District

Write or Email Santa

Letters to Santa

Letters can be dropped off in a special mailbox at Howard Leisure Center 6676 W. Howard. Kids can also email Santa. The deadline is Friday, December 18th.

Virtual Programs

Virtual Santa Visits

Santa will be calling from the North Pole on December 15th & 21st! Schedule your virtual visit by calling 847-967-6633. $5/Res, $8/Non-Res.


Niles Chamber of Commerce

Holiday Window Displays

Journey around Niles to find all participating businesses that have decorated their windows just for you. Grab a hot drink, settle in your car, and take a trip around town! Businesses include:

  • Wildwood Tavern
  • Public Works
  • Fyzical
  • Embark Senior Living
  • Waxberg’s Walk Shop
  • The Great Frame Up
  • State Farm Jeff Curry
  • Better Kitchens
  • Athletico
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