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Weekend Fun: Holiday Events, Plus a Walk on the Wild Side in North Park

By Patty Wetli | December 13, 2013 7:13am
 It's the holiday season in Chicago — get out, or stay in, and enjoy it.
It's the holiday season in Chicago — get out, or stay in, and enjoy it.
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NORTH PARK — Da Bears conquered the cold last weekend, now it's your turn.

North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, is hosting a Winter Solstice Festival from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Layer up for a walk along the park's luminary-lit trails then defrost next to a roaring fire.

The outdoor Irish Christmas Market at Montrose Green, 1819 W. Montrose Ave., continues this weekend, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Can't feel your toes? Keep 'em tapping along with the Mayer School of Irish Dance, set to perform at 2 p.m. Sunday.

For the rest of youze wimps, there are plenty of indoor activities.

Shop the Peterson Garden Project's pop-up holiday market from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 4642 N. Francisco Ave.

Dancers affiliated with the Chicago Moving Company modern dance troupe, an arts partner in residence at Hamlin Park, are holding Craftwerk: a holiday arts/crafts/edibles fair, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.

In the mood for music? St. Benedict presents a concert of classic Christmas tunes, performed by a choir and symphony, at 7 p.m., Friday, 2215 W. Irving Park Road.

On Sunday, the VOX 3 Collective choral group will dust off a few holiday rarities during a free show at 2 p.m. at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine Ave.

Try your hand at painting, photography, ceramics or other artistic endeavors at Lillstreet Art Center's winter open house from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 4401 W. Ravenswood Ave. Choose from nearly a dozen free workshops, and bring the kids along — they can make their own gingerbread man out of clay.

Sunday's customer appreciation event at Blue Sky Bakery is all about you, finally. Enjoy free sweet and savory munchies and a holiday punch spiked by Death's Door Spirits from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 3720 N. Lincoln Ave.