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.

$5 Suggested Donation – Your financial contribution supports the historic preservation of the Dole Mansion and Lakeside’s art, education, and community programs.






Christmas at the Dole Schedule | Friday, December 7th

Kids Activities from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Photo with Santa

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Cookie decorating

3:00 pm – 7:40 pm – Be a Little Train Conductor in our Train Village

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Storytelling


1st Friday Art Show from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

1st Friday Art Show at the Dole – People living in and near McHenry County, and throughout all of the Chicagoland area, have the opportunity to enjoy an artistic evening with wonderful featured art, chances to meet and mingle with artists, and the opportunities to purchase an original piece(s) of artwork.

Supported by: Foglia Family Foundation

  • Dole & Sage Gallery: Niveous Gift (“snowy”)
  • Hallway Gallery: Resident Artists Partner

5:00 – 6:00 pm Praire Ridge Madrigals
6:15 – 6:45 pm Berkshire Ballet Theatre & Summers Academy of Dance
6:45 – 7:30 pm 4 String Attached
7:30 pm Tree Lighting with Major Shepley

Holiday Jam from 8:00 pm – 9:00pm

Signals Music Studio students & Resident Partner Artists