1. ROARING HOLIDAY FUN
The 24th annual “Wreathing of the Lions” takes place Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan, starting at 10 a.m. Also part of the fun are a musical performance by Fukadesi, a special appearance by the AIC mascot Artie the Lion, and complementary hot chocolate. The AIC’s Ryan Education Center will then welcome families to create holiday wreaths decorated with inspiring images of winter wonderlands in the Art Institute collection. Visit www.artic.edu
2. OUTDOOR FUN
“Bird is the Word” when the 38th annual 2016 Turkey Day Run Chicago takes place on Nov. 26 The start line, finish line, and turkey day tailgate festivities will be centrally located along Cannon Drive, between Diversey and Fullerton. Family fun also includes turkey bowling, a football throw, cornhole toss and costume contest. The fun starts at 7 a.m.; the race steps off at 8 a.m. Participants and fans are asked to bring 2 cans of food to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Visit www.turkeyday-5k.com/races/chicago/
On Saturday, runners/walkers and fans can head over to Grant Park for the Grant Park Trot 5k. A free Kid’s Dash is also part of the fun. The run/walk course starts/ends at Grant Park and runs along the lakefront. Visit allcommunityevents.com
3. FUN AT THE ZOO
Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights celebration kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the zoo. The family-oriented holiday free celebration features light displays and activities throughout the zoo grounds. The extravaganza runs Fridays–Sundays until Dec. 13; after that, the holiday lights will be on nightly (except Dec. 24-25) until Jan. 3, 2016. Visit lpzoo.org
4. HOLIDAY MARKET
The second Randolph Street Holiday Market, 1340 W. Washington, runs Nov. 28-29, and will feature a unique mix of vintage and modern fashions, jewelry, decorative objects, housewares and hostess gifts. Food/beverage vendors are also featured. General admission: $8-$10; family packages available. The third holiday marketwill run Dec. 12-13. Visit www.randolphstreetmarket.com.
5. THE SOUND OF MOVIE MUSIC
When your thoughts turn from turkey tocrisp apple strudelsand schnitzel with noodles, the place to be is the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, presenting its annual “The Sound of Music” sing-along. Lyrics will be on the screen for those eager to accompany Julie Andrews, and a fun pack will be distributed with props to break out at appropriate moments. A costume contest also is part of the event, running Nov. 27-Dec. 6. Visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.
6. THE KENNEDY WIT
In the almost two decades since his breakout role in “Scream,” Jamie Kennedy has been a fixture on big screen (“Bowfinger,” “Malibu’s Most Wanted”) and small (“The Ghost Whisperer”). The stand-up stage is his foremost outlet now, and he’ll perform Nov. 27-29 at the Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd. in Schaumburg. Visit chicago.improv.com.
7. Y CULTURE
Another place to burn off dinner with some belly laughs is the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, where comics perform to benefit YWCA Chicago. “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Aparna Nancherla hosts a lineup that includes Beth Stelling (Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour”) and Nicole Byer (MTV’s “Girl Code”). “The Give Thanks Comedy Show” starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Visit harristheaterchicago.org.