Once Upon A Christmas

Free Old Fashioned Holiday Fun for the Whole Family!

This free event has become a holiday tradition in Lisle featuring old-fashioned holiday fun for the entire family! Stop by to see blacksmith, ice carving and baking demonstrations; visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the historic Lisle Depot; and visit live reindeer on Sunday! Join us for these, and even more exciting activities as we celebrate Christmas in Lisle! All ages are welcome!

The Museum is located at 921 School Street in Lisle.


FREE PARKING is available at Village Hall and in the commuter parking lots.


EVENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH: Lights of Lisle, Lisle Santa Train, & Santa Light Parade



Once Upon A Christmas Reindeer

Event Features:

  • Visit Live Reindeer on Sunday
  • Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Brick Oven Baking
  • Blacksmithing
  • Santa Parade
  • Holiday Wagon Rides
  • Ice Carving Demonstration
  • Live Holiday Entertainment
  • Lights of Lisle
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Lisle Santa Train on Sunday





Saturday, December 7 from 3:00 - 8:00pm

3:00pm-8:00pm - Once Upon a Christmas at the Museums at Lisle Station Park
Holiday celebration featuring a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Depot, brick oven baking, holiday wagon & trolley rides, blacksmith & ice carving demonstrations, model railroad trains on display, carolers, holiday snacks, crafts, music, and more!

3:00-8:00pm - Holiday Market & Food Trucks
Purchase food to enjoy offered by food truck vendors and shop for holiday gifts and festive crafts provided by a variety of vendors in a heated tent. 3:30-6:00pm - Live Holiday Entertainment
Live Holiday entertainment in the Lisle Village Hall Board room.

4:30pm - Santa Light Parade
Watch as Santa arrives downtown accompanied by the Lisle Junior High School Band amid twinkling lights. The parade travels south on Main Street from Ogden Avenue, along Burlington Avenue to Village Hall and then Santa continues to the Depot Museum on the museum campus to visit with children.

5:00-6:00pm - Ice Carving Demonstration
See ice transform into a beautiful sculpture at on the museum grounds near the Depot Museum.

5:00-7:00pm - Free Holiday Trolley Rides
Travel through Downtown Lisle to view the festive shops and decorations and Prairie Walk Pond to view the luminarias.

Dusk - Lights of Lisle
Be awed as thousands of luminarias line the Downtown streets and Prairie Walk Pond.

6:00pm - Tree Lighting Ceremony
Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the newly planted spruce tree at Village Hall and watch it grow each season. Caroling and music will follow in the Board Room performed by the Lisle Community Band. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate in the Village Hall lobby.





Sunday, December 8 from 11:00am - 4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm - Visit from Santa & His Reindeer!
Once Upon a Christmas festivities continue including hayrides, brick oven baking, holiday snacks, blacksmithing, model railroad trains, children's crafts, music, and Christmas tree displays. Meet Santa & his live reindeer at the Depot Museum!


Lisle Santa Train
On Sunday, December 8, enjoy a roundtrip from the Lisle Train Station to the North Pole (Chicago). Select either the 9:45am train or 1:45pm train option when purchasing your tickets. Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Cinderella, Fiona, Elsa and other costumed characters, including the engineer and conductor. Families sing Christmas carols, receive candy canes and a bell from Santa's reindeer harness. And of course, each child gets to visit with Santa. Before or after the train, visit the Once Upon a Christmas celebration at the Museums of Lisle Station Park, located behind Village Hall, which has free admission and family-friendly activities. Tickets are non-refundable and must be purchased in advance.

To purchase tickets for the Santa Train, follow instructions below:

Purchase Tickets


  • Click purchase tickets link above
  • Click 'register' icon
  • Click 'Santa Train' on left column
  • Select your train ticket time of 9:15am (train departs at 9:45am) or 1:15pm (train departs at 1:45pm)
  • Register and purchase
  • The receipt with barcode is your ticket confirmation. Bring your receipt to check in at time of boarding





Questions? Please contact us at 630-968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.