Real Woodstock is about spending the holiday season with family and friends in one of the prettiest Christmas-towns anywhere.
From gift shopping to cutting down your family Christmas tree, there is no better place to experience the magic and charm of holidays than in Real Woodstock.
While you're here, grab a bite to eat on or off the historic Woodstock Square. Shop for unique artisan gifts and delicious holiday treats at one of our many boutiques. See a live holiday performance at the beautiful Woodstock Opera House. Or take a free horse-drawn carriage ride around the cobblestoned Square under thousands of twinkling lights.
Thursday, November 15 - Saturday, January 5
Old Courthouse Art Center
The Winter Solstice exhibition and Clayworkers’ Guild Holiday Sale is a one-stop shop for all your holiday needs! This year, the gallery showcases 2-D as well as 3-D artwork, fiber arts, ornaments, irresistible jewelry and all kinds of clever, shiny, offbeat objects with which to stuff stockings and celebrate a season of giving.
The Clayworkers' Guild of Illinois is an organization of craftsmen and artists who use clay as an expressive medium. The Guild strives to aid, encourage, advise and work together to support each other's endeavors.
Friday, November 23 - Sunday, December 23 (Varies by Farm)
Planning on picking your own Christmas tree this holiday season?
Starting Friday, November 23, visit Woodstock's Oney’s Tree Farm, Moehling Christmas Tree Farm or Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm to get your family’s tree! Make a day in Woodstock and visit the charming Woodstock Square before for a meal or shopping for unique gifts at one of our many boutiques.
Oney’s Tree Farm
Address: 16608 Rt 14, Woodstock, IL / Phone: 815-338-4108
Open: November 23 - December 2 / Hours: 9am - 4pm (fields close at 3:30pm)
Other Items: Custom wreaths, centerpieces and garland, bakery treats
Other Activities: Pony rides, holiday gift shop, visit with Mrs. Claus in the North Pole House on weekends, free horse-drawn wagon rides (weekends only, 10am - 3pm).
Moehling’s Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 10904 Bull Valley Road, Woodstock, IL / Phone: 815-355-1738
Open: November 23 and every Saturday and Sunday until December 25 / Hours: 9am - 4:30pm
Other Items: Free coffee and hot chocolate, crafts and gifts, Elivan all-natural soaps and beeswax candles
Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 13616 IL Route 176, Woodstock, IL / Phone: 815-337-2682
Open: November 23-25, December 1-2 & 8-9 / Hours: 9am - 3:30pm
Other Items: Free coffee and hot chocolate
Other Activities: Tractor-drawn wagon rides
Friday, November 23 - Sunday, December 30
Woodstock Opera House Community Room
The Christmas Tree Walk has the biggest and brightest trees in McHenry County! Come see decorated trees from over 30 organizations. The trees will be on display during normal Opera House hours.
Friday, November 23 - Tuesday, December 25
Old McHenry County Courthouse Lobby
The best gingerbread houses in McHenry County can be viewed during regular open hours. It’s free and anyone can enter by Saturday, November 18!
Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place the night of the Lighting of the Square (November 23) from 4-9pm!
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, November 24 - December 23
From 4-7pm on Fridays & Saturdays / 2-5pm on Sundays
Go back in time and take a free ride around the Historic Woodstock Square during November and December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Free horse-drawn carriage rides around the cobblestone-lined Woodstock Square will be offered beginning on Small Business Saturday outside the Woodstock Opera House and will continue until December 23.
Friday, December 7 - Sunday, December 23
From 1-4pm on Weekends & 5:30-7:30pm on Weekdays
Want to tell Santa what you want for Christmas this year? Tell him at Santa's Hut in the park on the Square! Santa's Hut will be open the night of Lighting of the Square.
Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm
Woodstock Opera House
Tis the season to be jolly, joyous, and watch The Muppet Christmas Carol movie. The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets - Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle - weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases - past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.
Friday, December 21 at 8pm
Woodstock Opera House
Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon are not an impersonation act, but seek to honor John Denver’s legacy with fresh energy and musical integrity. Collins and Boulder Canyon have toured the country together delighting audiences with their talent, warmth and humor. Collins and some of the original artists of Boulder Canyon met in Aspen, Colorado at the largest annual celebration of John Denver’s life and music.
Saturday, December 22 from 10am-4pm
Get some last minute shopping done and find something special from our group of talented crafters, makers and artists. This is a curated shopping experience filled with handmade objects. You will find something unique and one-of-a-kind at Mixin Mingle Woodstock!
Saturday, December 22 at 8pm
Woodstock Opera House
Join us for an evening of classic holiday favorites presented by the Woodstock Holiday Brass Ensemble. Featuring members from various Brass groups from throughout the county including: CorCorps, the McHenry County Horn Choir, The St. Thomas Brass Quintet, the McHenry County College Brass Quintet and the Woodstock City Band. Enjoy the warmth and fanfare of these beautiful instruments and the talented musicians who play them as they bring the very best of the holiday spirit to the Opera House stage!
Sunday, December 23 at 8pm
Woodstock Opera House
In an ongoing tribute to the great Ed Hall, four internationally acclaimed musicians will present an evening of entertaining arrangements for the guitar as well as popular holiday favorites on the Opera House stage. Ed Hall’s annual holiday tradition continues and is one you won’t want to miss!
Monday, December 31 at 8pm
Stage Left Cafe
Celebrate New Year's Eve on the historic Woodstock Square at Stage Left Cafe for a special Open Mic Night presented by Off Square Music! The event will include a variety of performers in 10 or 15 minute sets. At midnight there will be a champagne toast, pizza and the folk duo Small Potatoes will perform a very traditional "Auld Lange Syne.”
Suggested donation is $10; after-expense proceeds will be donated to the Stage Left Cafe improvement fund.
For information about performing or reservations contact Keith Johnson: (815) 338-5164 / email@example.com.