FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens Announces Holiday Programming
Events Include the Annual Holiday Light Show, Breakfast with Santa, and Much More
CHICAGO, November 5, 2013 — Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens will open its doors to the local community for a number of holiday events this year, including the annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show, performances of The Velveteen Rabbit, Breakfast with Santa, an Open House with Santa, and evening mansion tours.
All events will take place on the grounds of Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens at 1350 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. More information on the holiday programming can be found below.
Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show
Friday, November 29 – Saturday, January 4, 2014 (closed December 24–25), 6–10 p.m.
- Visitors can experience 97 acres of holiday lights from their own vehicle during the annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show presented in partnership with the Village of Vernon Hills. The cost is $5 per car Monday–Thursday and $10 per car Friday–Sunday.
The Velveteen Rabbit
Saturdays and Sundays, November 30 – December 22, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- This rendition of Margery Williams’s classic children’s book is presented by the Kirk Players. The lively adaptation encourages audience participation. Tickets are $7 for children 12 and under and $9 for adult and seniors.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7, Seatings at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
- Families can join Santa at the mansion for a buffet-style meal, presented by Bauer’s Catering, and arts and crafts for children. Tickets are $29 for adults, $24 for children ages 3–12, and children ages 2 and under are free.
Open House with Santa
Friday, December 13, 6:30–9 p.m.
- This open house event includes a self-guided tour of the mansion, Santa in the Great Hall, the holiday light show upon entering and exiting the mansion, arts and crafts for children including a coloring contest, and hot chocolate and cookies. The event is $5 per person plus admission to the Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show. Cash only. Children under 3 are free. Guests are asked to bring unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots or non-perishable canned goods.
Evening Mansion Tours
Wednesdays and Fridays, December 4–20, 6–8 p.m.
- Throughout the month of December, the mansion will be open for evening tours on Wednesday and Friday evenings. The cost is $7 per person plus admission to the Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show.
For additional information about holiday programming at Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, or to purchase event tickets, visit LUC.edu/cuneo.
About Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Located in Vernon Hills, Illinois, Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens houses the Cuneo family collection of fine antiques, paintings by world-famous artists, tapestries, sculptures, silver, and porcelain. In December 2009, the Cuneo Foundation, the family foundation of John F. Cuneo Jr., donated Cuneo Mansion and Gardens and its nearly 100 surrounding acres, an extensive collection of art and furnishings, and an in-kind distribution of funds to Loyola University Chicago, establishing the estate under Loyola’s ownership. Since receiving the estate, Loyola has completed a number of renovations and added a meeting and event pavilion for courses, lectures, and special events. In addition to a broad range of cultural events offered throughout the year, the University offers undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education coursework on site, continuing Loyola’s commitment to broadening educational opportunities in the greater Chicago area. To learn more about Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, visit LUC.edu/cuneo, “like” us at Facebook.com/cuneomansion, or follow us on Twitter via @CuneoMansion.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and GraduateSchool. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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