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Weekend picks: Experience 'Holiday Magic' at Brookfield Zoo

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See thousands of colorful holiday lights and bright holiday scenes at Brookfield Zoo's annual "Holiday Magic" light show.

Courtesy of the Chicago Zoological Society

Buddy Valastro appears Friday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

See the lights from the comfort of a warm trolley on a Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour.

Courtesy of Marian Kraus

See colorful scenes, created with thousands of Lego bricks, at the annual Lego Holiday Train Show at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer, 2011

Polar Adventure Days return to Chicago's Northerly Island.

Roddy Chong, of Schaumburg, leaps into the air while playing rock violin with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which performs two shows Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Allstate Arena.

Courtesy of Mark Weiss

Canadian folk trio The Good Lovelies are set to perform at Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall in Batavia on Saturday, Dec. 8.

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Catch a Sing-Along Messiah with the choirs Voices in Harmony and McHenry County College Choir at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

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See thousands of twinkling lights and holiday scenes, plus laser shows, ice-carving and more during Brookfield Zoo's annual nighttime "Holiday Magic" event this weekend. For celebrity cake-baking advice, head to the Genesee Friday for Buddy Valastro Live: The Cake Boss -- Homemade for the Holidays Tour. Pick up some gifts at the Holiday Market at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Don't miss Johnny Mathis in concert Saturday at the Akoo.
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    • See thousands of colorful holiday lights and bright holiday scenes at Brookfield Zoo’s annual “Holiday Magic” light show.
    • Buddy Valastro appears Friday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.
    • See the lights from the comfort of a warm trolley on a Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour.
    • See colorful scenes, created with thousands of Lego bricks, at the annual Lego Holiday Train Show at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
    • Polar Adventure Days return to Chicago’s Northerly Island.
    • Roddy Chong, of Schaumburg, leaps into the air while playing rock violin with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which performs two shows Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Allstate Arena.
    • Canadian folk trio The Good Lovelies are set to perform at Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall in Batavia on Saturday, Dec. 8.
    • Catch a Sing-Along Messiah with the choirs Voices in Harmony and McHenry County College Choir at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.
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