Growing up in the 1980’s, I adored my Fisher Price Mandy and Jenny dolls. During the holidays, my mother would even sew my Mandy doll and I matching dresses. And oh how I loved dressing my doll up in her holiday ice skating outfit, complete with reindeer wool sweater and “real” ice skates! Every time I walk through the American Girl Place in Chicago, all I can think is – why didn’t they invent these dolls when I was a little girl!!! And then I look forward to the days when I can take my own little girl to outfit her doll for the holidays.
On Saturday, December 10, enjoy the Children’s Holiday Choir (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) for selection of favorite carols. (Free and open to the public.) On December 13 & 14 (5:00 p.m.) join the American Girl Place for a Gingerbread House Workshop. You’ll design and decorate your own gingerbread houseand enjoy a delicious meal. (For girls ages 8 and up. Tickets $45 per person; reservations required.)
On Friday, December 16, 19 & 21 at 7:30 p.m., bring your favorite doll for the Holiday Memories party. You’ll have a delightful time together at American Girl Place, where you’ll create a special holiday decoration to display year after year. The $40 ticket includes a delicious meal, a commemorative photograph, and a memory booklet for your girl to take home as a reminder of your special day. For girls ages 6 and up; reservations required.
The events calendar at American Girl Place Chicago updates frequently, so check it often at http://www.americangirl.com/stores/location_chi.php#specialEvents and plan your visit around one of the many festive happenings.
Consider hosting the fanciest slumber party ever at one of our city’s most elegant hotels: The Peninsula Chicago welcomes American Girl dolls with its American Girl Place Amenity. Your beloved daughter, niece or grandaughter will receive a personalized welcome letter, an American Girl doll bed set up in their guestroom (to keep), monogrammed pillow cases for the child, monogrammed blanket for the doll, a welcome amenity with milk and cookies and access to an American Girl bookand DVD library. Visitors have the opportunity to add this amenity to their stay for US$ 60 per child.
Take advantage of the Family Holiday Retreat Package at the Peninsula, which includes: complimentary dining for children 12 years and under from the children’s menu in The Lobby and from Room Service; continental breakfast for two daily; complimentary overnight valet parking for one vehicle; and a complimentary movie. Children will also be welcomed with a unique amenity just for them. Rates start at $360 per night.