Kids are out on winter break,  the smell of baking spices filling the air and holiday tunes enveloping every building  – ’tis the holiday season! From specials to cooking classes, holiday parties and more, we are celebrating throughout December. Peruse through our list of holiday events happening all season long. Happy Holidays!

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santa eating oysters in a booth at Shaw's

 

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A white marble table covered in different holiday cookies from thumbprint cookies to gingerbread cookies

Sunday Brunch with Santa Claus at Saranello’s
WHEN: Weekly on Sundays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Sunday, November 25 – Sunday, December 30
CONTACT: 847-777-6878
Join Saranello’s for Sunday brunch with Santa Claus including an Egg/Omelette Station, Waffles, Pancakes, Breakfast Meats, Champagne, Mimosas and more! Price is $34.99 plus tax (gratuity not included) for adults and half-price for children under twelve. 
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Toys for Tots at Wow Bao
WHEN: Monday, November 26 – Thursday, December 13
CONTACT: 888-4-WOWBAO
Bring in a new toy to any downtown Chicago Wow Bao location (with the exception of Water Tower Place) for Toys for Tots. All donors will receive a complimentary meal at Wow Bao for up to $10. Just see one of our friendly staff members to help you out when bringing in your toy.
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Shoppers Discount at Tokio Asian Fusion
WHEN: Sunday, December 1 – Tuesday, December 24
CONTACT: 847-278-5181
While out holiday shopping in the neighborhood, make Tokio Asian Fusion your destination to refuel. Dine with us after shopping at Woodfield and show your receipt to your server to receive a special discount of 25% off your food and beverage. Restrictions apply.
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Christmas in Alsace at Everest
WHEN: Wednesday, December 4 – Saturday, December 28 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM (Everest will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25)
CONTACT: 312-663-8920
Christmas is a magical time in Alsace that holds many dear memories for Chef/Proprietor J. Joho, who grew up celebrating with family and friends over the delicious, mouthwatering dishes specially prepared for the festive occasion. Join him as he brings these traditional preparations to Everest, serving a beautiful multi-course menu brimming with an elegant holiday flare, including foie gras, pike and roasted goose. The cost of this special menu is $185 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Alsace wine pairings are available for only $98,  plus tax (gratuity not included)
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Gingerbread House Workshop at Foodlife
WHEN: Sunday, December 9; 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
CONTACT: 312-335-3663
Join Foodlife for its annual Gingerbread House Workshop event! Upon arrival, you’ll be provided with a handcrafted gingerbread house. Create your ultimate dream house with your choice of assorted gourmet candies, gumdrops, chocolates, frosting and more! The cost is $25 per house. Reserve your spot by calling 312-335-3663 or emailing Esmeralda at etorres@leye.com.
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Ornament Making at Oyster Bah
WHEN: Sunday, December 9; 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
CONTACT: 773-248-3000
Head upstairs at Oyster Bah to decorate your own oyster ornament and enjoy our chilled seafood buffet for $32.95 plus tax (gratuity not included), add on a specialty entree for an additional charge. Children can enjoy the seafood buffet plus a kids entree for their age + $5.95 plus tax (gratuity not included). There is no additional charge for children participating in ornament making.
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Brunch with Santa at Shaw’s Chicago and Schaumburg
WHEN: Chicago: Saturday, December 14 and Saturday, December 21; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Schaumburg: Sunday, December 8; 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
CONTACT: Chicago: 312-527-2722 | Schaumburg: 847-517-2722
Shaw’s Crab House Chicago & Schaumburg are welcoming a special guest from the North Pole this December! Santa and Mrs. Claus are stopping by to take photos and visit with families. While waiting for their turn with Santa, you can enjoy the full Shaw’s Crab House brunch experience with shellfish and seafood stations, traditional breakfast items, and a sweets table. In Schaumburg, in addition to all the Shaw’s buffet favorites, diners can enjoy a build-your-own hot chocolate bar with tasty toppings and a variety of homemade Christmas cookies. The brunch is priced at $65 for adults, $15 for kids aged 7-12 plus tax, (gratuity not included) and free for children aged 6 and younger.
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Ugly Sweater Beer Dinner at Oyster Bah
WHEN: Monday, December 10; 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
CONTACT: 773-248-3000
The evening features a four-course menu created by Chef Donny Farrell with dishes like Fluke Crudo and Lobster Bisque paired with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beers. Show off your best ugly holiday sweater and win prizes throughout your meal. The cost is $49.95 per guest plus tax (gratuity not included)
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Ugly Sweater Party at Stella Barra Pizzeria
WHEN: Thursday, December 13; 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
CONTACT: 773-634-4101
Wear an ugly sweater to Stella Barra Pizzeria to receive a $25 gift card to use on your next visit! Start your holiday shenanigans at our Happy Hour from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM for $3 beers, $4 wines by the glass, and more. Or, pull up for dinner 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Kids can let their culinary creativity run wild as they make their own pies right at the pizza bar.
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12 Days of Christmas at Foodlife
WHEN: Thursday, December 13 – Monday, December 24; 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM
CONTACT: 312-335-3663
Join Foodlife as we celebrate our 2nd annual “12 Days of Christmas” this holiday season! Starting December 13, enjoy festive surprises and holiday activities each day through December 24 such as Christmas movies, cooking decorating, an Eggnog Gelato special, stocking stuffers, letters to Santa, a Toys for Tots drop-off and more!
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Brunch with Santa at Osteria Via Stato
WHEN: Sunday, December 15; 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
CONTACT: 312-642-8450
Christmas is coming early to Osteria Via Stato! Join us on Sunday, December 15 from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM, for a decadent brunch buffet and a chance to share your wish list with Santa! Brunch is $34.95, plus tax (gratuity not included) and includes bottomless bellinis. As always, children aged 12 and under eat free.
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Holiday Cello Making Class at Osteria Via Stato
WHEN: Saturday, December 15; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
CONTACT: 312-642-8450
Our wine and beverage manager, Dave Johnston, will teach you how to make two holiday cello flavors, almond and cranberry.  The cost is $25, plus tax (gratuity not included) which includes a sample to enjoy at home. 
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Brunch with Santa at Mon Ami Gabi – Oak Brook
WHEN: Sunday, December 16; 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
CONTACT: 630-472-1900
Santa Claus is coming to brunch at Mon Ami Gabi – Oak Brook with dishes like Waffles with Nutella, Classic Quiche Lorraine with bacon and cheese, and beyond.
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WHEN:  Sunday, December 16; 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Sunday December 23; 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
CONTACT: 773-634-4100
He’s making a list, checking it twice… and heading to Summer House Santa Monica! On Sunday, December 16 and Sunday, December 23, Santa Claus will be enjoying a slice of summer with us, stopping by to hear any gift requests. He’ll also be handing out special holiday sweets to Summer House’s youngest guests!

 

Omakase x Feast of Seven Fishes at Ramen-san
WHEN: Tuesday, December 18; 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
CONTACT: 312-377-9950
Ramen-san is bringing back a favorite omakase, Feast of the Seven Fishes, with a new lineup of dishes inspired by the classic Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration. Expect seven courses with a few surprises along the way. This dinner is $55 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
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Annual Bad Santa Christmas Party at Bub City Chicago & Rosemont
WHEN: Saturday, December 22; 9:00 PM
CONTACT: Chicago: 312-610-4200 Rosemont: 847-261-0399
Join Bub City for its annual Bad Santa Christmas Party! There will $5 Old Fashioneds, spiked cider and boozy hot cocoa, plus live music, giveaways and photos with Santa himself. 
Make a reservation at Bub City – Chicago | Make a reservation at Bub City – Rosemont
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Ugly Sweater Brunch at Shaw’s Chicago and Schaumburg
WHEN: Chicago: Saturday, December 22 – Sunday, December 23; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Schaumburg: Saturday, December 23; 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
CONTACT: Chicago: 312-527-2722 | Schaumburg: 847-517-2722
Shaw’s Crab House is throwing a holiday-themed Ugly Sweater Brunch the weekend before Christmas! Wear your best ugly sweater to Saturday or Sunday brunch and receive a $25 gift card (gift card restrictions apply). The brunch buffet is $65 for adults, $15 for kids age 12 and under plus tax (gratuity is not included), and is free for children 6 and younger. 
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METRO WASHINGTON D.C. AREA

 

5th Anniversary celebration Summer House and Stella Barra in Lincoln Park

Breakfast with Santa at Wildfire Tysons
WHEN: December 1, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
CONTACT: 703-442-9110
Get the kids in the holiday spirit at Wildfire Tysons and enjoy a holiday breakfast buffet with the family, as the children get to visit with Santa and receive a gift bag. The event is priced at $20 plus tax, (gratuity not included).
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Brunch with Santa at Summer House Santa Monica – North Bethesda
WHEN: Sunday, December 9; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
CONTACT: 301-881-2381
Santa Claus will be at Summer House Santa Monica – North Bethesda for brunch! He’ll also be handing out special holiday sweets to Summer House’s youngest guests.
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Ugly Sweater Party at Stella Barra Pizzeria – North Bethesda
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11; 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
CONTACT: 301-770-8609
Dine with us at Stella Barra Pizzeria in your ugly sweater to receive a $25 gift card to use on your next visit! Our annual Ugly Sweater Party will feature a live DJ and gift card special. We will have a Happy Hour from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM for $3 beers, $4 wines by the glass, and more. Or, pull up for dinner from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PMKids can let their culinary creativity run wild as they make their own pies at the pizza bar.
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Holiday Break Brunches at Mon Ami Gabi – Bethesda
WHEN: Wednesday, December 26 – Tuesday, January 1; 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
CONTACT: 301-654-1234
Enjoy Mon Ami Gabi’s holiday break brunches with a generous French spread and an extensive sparkling cocktails selection with elixirs.
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Holiday Break Brunches at Mon Ami Gabi – Reston
WHEN: Wednesday, December 26 – Tuesday, January 1; 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
CONTACT: 703-707-0233
Mon Ami Gabi is bringing back our holiday break brunches. Maximize your time off with a generous French spread and an extensive sparkling cocktails selection.
Make a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi – Reston
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TWIN CITIES

 

Brunch With Santa At Osteria Via Stato

Breakfast with Santa at Wildfire – Eden Prairie
WHEN: December 7, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
CONTACT: 952-914-9100
Get the kids in the holiday spirit at Wildfire – Eden Prairie on Saturday, December 7 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and enjoy a holiday breakfast buffet with the family, as the children get to visit with Santa and receive a gift bag. The event is priced at $19.95 for children aged 12 and under and $22.95 for adults, plus tax (gratuity not included).
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LOS ANGELES

Stella Barra Bail and Tomato Pizza

Ugly Sweater Party at Stella Barra Pizzeria – Hollywood
WHEN:
 Thursday, December 20; 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM 
CONTACT:
 323-301-4001
Dine at Stella Barra – Hollywood in your ugly sweater and receive a Stella Barra gift card EQUAL to the price of your meal (minus tax and gratuity) to use on a future visit.
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WHEN: Thursday, December 20; 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
CONTACT: 310-396-9250
Don your ugliest sweater for an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet along with select beers and wines by the glass at Stella Barra – Santa Monica. Tickets are $50 per person (plus tax, gratuity not included). The ugly sweater party will take place at Stella Barra – Santa Monica’s new event space next door at 2000 Main Events.

 


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LAS VEGAS

Holiday Hors Doeuvres from Mon Ami Gabi Las Vegas

Holiday Hors d’oeuvres 101 series at Mon Ami Gabi – Las Vegas
WHEN:
 Part 1: Saturday, December 1 – Saturday, December 8; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Part 2: Tuesday, December 6 – Tuesday, December 13; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
CONTACT:
 702-944-4224
Get creative at Mon Ami Gabi’s Hors d’oeuvres 101 series. Executive Chef Vincent Pouessel will lead two-part interactive series exploring his favorite holiday bites such as Mini Croque Monsieur, Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Bites and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake while guests sample with paired wines and champagne. Attendees will receive a recipe booklet to recreate these hors d’oeuvres at home. The event is $55 per person per session, plus tax (gratuity not included).
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