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Last-minute reasons to get out of the house before Christmas

Updated: December 20, 2012 2:16PM


Toy giveaway: The Community Advocacy Awareness Network is hosting its 10th Christmas Joy Toy Giveaway from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Aurora Youth Township, 313 Gale St., Aurora. Artist Duebwa Loving will sing songs and present giveaways at the event. Kids must be registered to receive a gift. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. Learn more or register your child with Mary Fultz at 331-575-4630.

Aurora Historical Society: Give the gifts that show your Aurora pride. The museum store and gift shop has ‘then and now’ 2013 calendars that pair historic views of Aurora with current views; Andy Aurora, the 1960s icon, paraphernalia; “Aurora 1837” tees and sweatshirts with the city’s founding year printed on them; two new books about Aurora’s history from authors Matt Hanley and Jo Fredell Higgins; and Aurora historical jewelry. The gift shop is in the Aurora Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. It also offers other historical books, posters, T-shirts, and toys. Learn more at 630-906-0650.


Holiday Shopping Wind-up: Stroll along the streets of downtown Geneva and discover the treasures of more than 100 specialty shops dressed in their Christmas finest, nestled in historic storefronts and charming Victorian-style homes filled with gifts for every person on your list. Shopping hours through Dec. 23, include until 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and open Saturday and Sunday afternoons for customer convenience. Visit for a list of participating businesses.


Santa House: The annual Naperville tradition will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 23, on the Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Additionally, Santa House will remain open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday the week before Christmas, Dec. 17-21. Admission is free, with the option of purchasing photos for $8 each.


Little White School Museum Gift Shop: Find unique Oswego-themed gifts with flare for Christmas at Oswego’s Little White School Museum. A variety of books and other items that reflect the community’s rich heritage and history, including a variety of cookbooks of the region, local sketches of the architecture in the area, handmade stoneware — with local themes, quilts, maps and more. Regular hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Learn more at 630-554-2999, or

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