Northwest Quarterly Quiz: Illinois Holiday Fun

How many of these holiday traditions and characters do you know about?

Welcome to your Illinois Holiday Fun

1. In addition to the arrival of Santa, Geneva’s annual Christmas Walk features this Swedish symbol of the season who lights the city’s Christmas tree.

2. Woodstock’s annual tradition involves finding this foodstuff on Christmas trees in businesses around the city.

3. When Santa comes to Barrington, he’s found at this popular gathering place.

4. Illinois’ German population knows that one of Santa’s reindeer, Blitzen, means this in their native tongue.

5. In the movie “Home Alone,” which was partly filmed in Chicago’s North Shore, Kevin’s mom was driven home by Gus Polinski and the rest of this band.

6. Tchaikovsky’s famous “The Nutcracker” ballet tells the story of this girl and her nutcracker, which comes to life.

7. Clark Griswold’s boss in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was played by this comedy actor, who was born in the Chicago suburbs.

8. During the tree lighting ceremony in Arlington Heights, characters from this British author ride on the trolley.

9. This Illinois-born comedian has returned several times for “A Swingin’ Little Christmas” at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

10. At Christkindlmarket in Chicago and Aurora, kids can meet this fairy-like being with golden hair and a crown.