CHRISTMAS AT THE DOLE, 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. On Dec. 7, there will be children's activities from 3 to 5 p.m., 1st Friday Art Show from 5 to 7:30 p.m., tree lighting and special 8 to 9 p.m. holiday jam in the Listening Room ($5 suggested donation). Tickets and information: 815-455-8000 or https://lakesideartspark.org/events-calendar/christmas-at-the-dole.
BEN HALE'S HI-FI HOLIDAY, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Ben Hale brings an unforgettable evening of Classic Holiday Americana to Raue Center. The night will celebrate the holidays by way of the early icons of rock and roll history such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, as well as timeless heartwarming classics. Throughout the evening, Hale will also share some of his own original Christmas songs. Tickets: $25-$35. Tickets and information: 815-356-9121 or http://www.rauecenter.org/upcoming-event/ben-hale/.
RICHMOND'S 2018 CHRISTMAS OF YESTERYEAR, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8; and 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 9, at various locations in downtown Richmond. Featuring a tree lighting ceremony, carolers, cookie walk, visits with Santa and refreshments, hayrides, holiday shopping, pancake breakfast with visit from Santa and more. Visit the website for complete event details. Information: 815-678-4161 or www.richmond-il.com.
HAPPY HOLIDAY RAILWAY, 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8-9, Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union. Embark on a magical 40-minute train ride through the winter countryside with Santa Claus himself. Treats will be served and gifts will be given to children on Santa's "good list". Trips are hourly. Tickets: $18 per person. Everyone past their first birthday must have a ticket. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, all ticket sales are final. Tickets and information: 815-923-4000 or https://www.irm.org/event/happy-holiday-railway/.
HOLIDAY FAIRE – "HOMEMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9, McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock. A family event with over 30 artisan vendors that have all-handmade items. A fun day for the entire family includes meeting Santa, creating crafts in Kids Craft Corner, going on a story-telling hayride, and stopping by one of the various demonstrations that can teach you different skills that can be entered in the Home Art’s department during the annual fair. Admission: $3 adults ($1 off with a nonperishable canned food item), free for children 5 and younger. Information: 815-338-5315 or www.mchenrycountyfair.com.