2nd Annual Christmas at the Dole Gala

Thank you to the Community, our Neighbors, Volunteers, Sponsors & Supporters for a Successful and Fun-Filled Christmas at the Dole Gala!


The 2nd Annual Christmas at the Dole Gala, brought back by popular request, provides entertainment, enchantment, and elegance for all who attend. Guests enjoy a grand entrance to the Dole Mansion, cocktail hour and appetizers in the historic Mansion, a plated dinner in the Sage Gallery, live surprise entertainment, Silent and Spot Auctions, and an “After Party” following dinner in ‘the Listening Room’! We’re thrilled to announce this year’s event will be themed with a Roaring 20’s motif that honors the history of our property while giving the holidays a fun and festive flair. The Gala is a must-attend event in McHenry County! The annual Christmas at the Dole 1st Friday Art Show welcomes guests of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to the Dole and Sage Galleries to take part in holiday festivities. This year’s exhibition, Niveous (i.e. Snowy) Gifts, will feature winter-themed artwork submitted by a collection of talented artists across various art media. In addition to the artwork, the 1st Friday Art Show will have entertainment for children and families including free photographs with Santa Claus, holiday activities, performances by local ballerinas and musicians, and a Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Presenting Sponsor: 

Saturday, December 1st – Christmas at the Dole Gala

Celebrate the holidays in roaring 20s style! Proceeds support year-around art, education, and history programs.

Friday, December 7th – Kids Activities, 1st Friday Art Show, Holiday Jam

Photo with Santa | Storytelling | Train Village | View & Buy Art | Holiday Entertainment | Holiday Jam | and More

$5 Suggested Donation


Celebrate the holidays in roaring 20’s style! Proceeds support year-around art, education, and history programs.

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1st Friday Art Show

December 7th| Guests will experience a special winter-themed 1st Friday Art Show that’s fun for the whole family.


Call for Volunteer

We are in need of some volunteer elves to help Lakeside deck our halls for the holiday. 


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The program will be given out to all guest at the Gala and 1st Friday Art Show (distributed to over 800 guests).


Become a Sponsor

Christmas at the Dole is the second largest annual fundraiser for Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s year-round art, education, and history programs and community events.



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