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Holiday Happenings at the Arb

Free Admission on Thanksgiving Day
Enjoy free admission on Thursday, November 22, from 7 a.m. to sunset. Sneak away for some quiet time or bring the whole family for a Thanksgiving hike. Please note that all buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Restrooms will be available in the west pavilion of the Visitor Center and the West Side shelter at Parking Lot 21. For more information, click here.
 
Enchanted Railroad
Visit the Enchanted Railroad from Friday, November 23, to Sunday, January 6 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Free timed tickets are available in the Visitor Center; first come, first served. To read about new changes to the display, click here.
 
Breakfast with Santa
Whisper your Christmas wish to Santa and enjoy breakfast in our scenic Gingko Restaurant. Children 12 years or younger will receive a gift from Santa. Join us December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, or 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. Purchase your tickets at www.mortonarb.org, in the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-725-2066 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ticket prices are $23 for a member adult, $29 nonmember adult, $21 member child (2-12), and $25 nonmember child (2-12).
 
Make Your Own Nature Ornaments
Deck the halls with your own nature ornaments. Families with children ages 2 to 10 are invited to join us Sundays, December 2 and 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Outpost. Register at www.mortonarb.org, at the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-719-2468 during business hours. Cost: $10 member, $17 nonmember.
 
Santa Supper and Holiday Shopping
Enjoy Supper with Santa, enjoy live music, create holiday nature crafts, and visit the Enchanted Railroad. Supper with Santa will be held Thursday, December 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ginkgo Restaurant. The Arboretum Store will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., so stop in before or after your meal. Purchase your tickets today at www.mortonarb.org, in the Visitor Center, or by calling 630-725-2066 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Ticket prices are $26 for a member adult, $32 nonmember adult, $22 member child (2-12), or $26 nonmember child (2-12).