The annual Holiday Lights season in the Oak Park Arts District kicks off on Friday, November 22nd with special events running throughout the weekend. Participating businesses will keep their doors open until 7 pm on Friday evening. Save your receipts! Spend $10 in a participating business then swing by Studio 144 Boutique to enter the Holiday Lights Gift Basket Raffle.

Holiday Lights Weekend Events:

Saturday, November 22nd: Bead in Hand begins its annual Holiday Extravaganza workshops with the snowflake ornament drop-in project. The shop is offering its popular snowflake ornament forms in three sizes, $6 –  $15.  ​Appropriate for ages 6 & up.  2 – 5 pm. The workshop continues every weekend through December 23rd. ​Drop-in times are Fridays 2 – 5 pm, and Saturdays 1 – 4 pm. #givehandmade 145 Harrison

MORA Asian Kitchen hosts a 4 Course Sake Pairing Dinner Event. Enjoy a four course chef driven dinner with a Sake beverage exclusively selected to complement each course. Learn about Sake at the same time! Cost: $75 per person. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Reserve Your Tickets. #eatonharrison. 201 Harrison

Sunday, November 23rd: Open Door Theater presents The Therapy Players – 5 Year Itch at 8 pm. This month marks the 5th anniversary of the Therapy Players debut performance at the Open Door! What better way to celebrate than a visit from the comedy doctors? Come join the fun as Chicago’s premiere all-psychotherapist comedy improv troupe returns to the stage! Come early, because you wont want to miss a minute of this appointment. The doctors will see you now! Tickets: $18. PURCHASE

More special events to put on your holiday calendar:

Saturday, November 30th: Kadampa Mediation Center Chicago hosts a Choose Peace: Day Retreat from 10 am – 3:45 pm, $35 – $40.
This drop-in retreat will show step-by-step how to develop peace, love and compassion in meditation and carry this experience mindfully into busy daily life. Suitable for beginning and advanced meditators alike. Guided by a special guest teacher, Kadampa Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Gomlam. She has studied, practiced, and taught Kadampa Buddhism for over 20 years. Her heartfelt and practical teachings are accessible for everyone. [Details]( 13 Harrison

Pearled Shoebox Vintage hosts a Plus Size Pop Up with Beautyful Vintage from 12 – 4 pm. #shoponharrison, #plussizevintage 140 Harrison

Friday, December 13th: During shop hours, Bead in Hand hosts the second edition of its first Staff Jewelry Show. Shop the artisan work of the talented women who run the shop. The pop up continues Saturday during shop hours as well. #holidayextravaganzas #shopartfully. 145 Harrison

The Birth Boutique hosts a Holiday Shopping Event from 5 – 8 pm featuring the amazing work of Blend Earth to Skin, Dima Jewelry Designs, Slowfire Ceramics and Ph.Detour Custom Clothing. #shoponharrison 128 Harrison

Continue the fun at Elevate Hair & Beauty Boutique’s annual Jingle & Mingle event! Drink, snack and be merry finishing your shopping in the boutique. Free raffles, amazing gifts with purchase and more! 6 – 9 pm. #shoponharrison 321 Harrison

Sunday, December 15th: Dancing Krow Studio & Social Club hosts a Holiday Sale and Party for last minute shoppers who need some extra magical gifts! Stop by for some holiday cheer from 1 – 4 pm and see the amazing handmade gifts you can purchase. The exhibition Nightmares & Christmas, where artists explore the sometimes frightening alternate reality of dreams, secrets and the allure of magical gifts and packages, continues. 43 Harrison