Indulge in the Artistic in the Oak Park Arts District. The annual Holiday Lights celebration kicks off during November’s Third Friday Gallery Walk on the 16th. Special seasonal events within the studios, shops, galleries and eateries continue through the new year. Shop Artfully, Shop Locally… all winter long!

Here are some of the upcoming Holiday Lights Highlights

Expressions Graphics:   Pop into the unique Holiday Boutique featuring handmade holiday cards, fine art prints, art books, arts and crafts supplies, pottery, jewelry, watercolors, and more.
Learn how to use lettering tools such as chisel markers and nib pens to craft a message in the font of your choice. Jessica Kronika will demo on ink and tool handling, and font characteristics. A selection of fonts are available and supplies are included. Christmas Cards runs Friday, December 14th from 4 – 6 pm. $35
Using linocut tools and special carving materials, workshop participants will create a unique stamp to use on thank you cards, holiday greetings or as your own mark for art making. Bring in a Xerox copy of your artwork, no bigger than 3” x 3”. If it has words, reverse the image. Simple graphics will also be available. Carve Your Own Festive Stamp is led by Cherylyn Gnadt on Friday, December 14th from 4 – 6 pm. $30. 29 Harrison

Studio 144 Boutique:  The boutique hosts a special pop up with Jacocalo Designs on Saturday, December 15th from 12 pm. 144 Harrison

Bead in Hand:  For this year’s Holiday Extravaganzas workshop, the shop offers its popular snowflake ornaments in three sizes for $6, $12 and $15, materials and instruction included. 2 – 5 pm. Holiday Extravaganzas runs through December 22, on Fridays from 2 – 6 pm and Saturdays from 2 – 5 pm. Later in December, the shop hosts its annual Winter Break Drop-in Workshops. Ages six and up can make a snowflake ornament or a memory wire bracelet. December 27 – 30 and January 2 – 5, 2 – 6 pm. $6 – $15 depending on project. Please note, this is a drop-in, not a drop off. 145 Harrison

Buzz Cafe: It’s Burgers, Beer and Bands on Friday and Saturday nights! Enjoy an organic burger, BYOB and live music from local musicians, 5 pm. This month’s Local Artist Spotlight on December 14th features Jonathan Burden and Bala Thiagarajan with live music by Jake Peterson.  905 S. Lombard Avenue

Elevate Hair and Beauty Boutique: New arrivals daily! Gail and gang have gathered several new lines & products to freshen your skin, brighten your mood, and accessorize your home. The salon announces a Holiday Soiree! Check off your holiday shopping list while you mingle and jingle this holiday season. Elevate Hair & Beauty Boutique will have lots of favorite products as well as new guest artists showing their unique goods. Gifts with purchase, door prizes, snacks and drinks! Bring a friend new to the boutique and let loose! Friday, December 14, 6 – 9 pm. 321 Harrison Street