Paper Trees

Get your holiday crafting started at this in-person event at Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Art teacher Christine Thornton of Hello Art Studio will lead the class in creating 3D origami paper trees and stars. Thornton is an experienced instructor and former elementary school teacher who opened her class-focused Arlington Heights studio in 2019.

The class at the library’s Austin Room is open to all ages and all supplies will be provided.

Make a Star Lantern

Learn to create a holiday craft perfect for home decorating at this both virtual and in-person class at Forest Park Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 2-3 p.m.

The in-person portion of the event at the library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., is open only to kids between 9 and 13 years old. Families and those with younger kids can pick up kits at the library and create their project at home via a live Zoom teleconference or by watching a recorded video.

The craft, a Parol lantern, is a star-shaped lantern traditionally used as a Christmas decoration in the Philippines, according to the library.

Those attending the class in-person are asked to wear a mask and social distance as some participants may not be vaccinated. Mia Manansala will be leading the class.

Pre-registration is requested via or by emailing

Little Movers Dance Break

Get the kiddos moving and grooving at this Zoom dance party for pre-kindergarten little ones on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

The tunes will be blaring over Zoom throughout, so pop in anytime to join staff from the Forest Park Public Library, which is hosting the event.

Visit to sign up and get a Zoom link emailed to you before the party begins.

Holiday Walk and Festival of Windows

Forest Park’s marquee holiday event is set for Friday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Madison Street.

Bundle up and head out to see live window displays, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, say hello to Santa and Mrs. Claus, check out this year’s ice sculpture and much more.

Holiday Walk & Festival of Windows

The Clauses will light the village’s Christmas tree at Constitution Court (corner of Madison Street and Thomas Avenue) at 6 p.m. then take a sleigh ride to Forest Park Bank at 7348 Madison St. where they’ll be for the next two hours.

Read more about the holiday walk in this week’s Review and online at

Holiday Lights with Mannheim Steamroller

Get in the holiday spirit at Triton College’s Cernan Earth and Space Center with this hourlong music and light display on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Hear a curated playlist of Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller songs set to accompany the thousands of stars and laser-light images. See a full playlist before you go at

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 seniors (55 and older) and kids (2 to 17); and admission is free for Triton College students, faculty and staff with current, valid identification.