Holiday Sip and Shop

Kick off the holiday season with the new Holiday Sip and Shop event on Thursday, November 11.

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Toast the start of the holiday season with a wine and spirits tasting and holiday shopping event. Browse art from local artisans, watch demonstrations, find inspiration for holiday hosting and gifting, savor seasonal bites with more than 60 wines and spirits to taste from, and shop The Arboretum Store.

Enjoy a Patricia Locke trunk show featuring her latest jewelry designs. Make a purchase of $50 or more during the event and be entered in a drawing for a pair of Patricia Locke earrings!

Stock up on your favorite wine and spirits and enjoy a 10% discount on all case purchases. Feel good about your purchases as our wine and spirits partner, Famous Liquors, will donate 10% of all sales to The Morton Arboretum.

Ticket Details

Event entry times include 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. and must be chosen at the time of ticket purchase. General Admission tickets includes unlimited 1 oz wine samples, buffet style pairing options, and demonstrations throughout the evening. Local artisans will be present throughout the event space and The Arboretum Store will be open.

Designated Driver tickets include everything except the re-usable wine glass and wine samples.

The Ginkgo Café will be open for additional food and beverage purchases.

Ticket purchasers must be 21+ and present a valid I.D. at check-in. 

Demonstration Schedule

5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate, Presented by Chocolate Inspirations
Learn how to make a simple, easy and delicious Salted Chocolate Caramel Champagne after dinner drink and a great Red Wine Hot Chocolate that can also double as part of a wonderful holiday favorite dessert, affogato!

5:55 p.m. and 7:40 p.m.
Charcuterie Entertaining, Presented by Brooke Bartlett
Demystify the art of elegant, yet simple entertaining. Enjoy a delicious tutorial on the recent culinary craze of charcuterie and grazing boards and learn the techniques on preparation, portion planning, placement and color & texture design.

6:20 p.m. & 8:05 p.m.
Festive Floral and Greenery Arrangements, Presented by Bridget Bittman
Learn how to incorporate flowers and greenery into your seasonal decor, perfectly paired with household items and pieces from The Arboretum Store.

6:45 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Merry & Bright Cocktail, Presented by Whiskey Acres
Learn how to make and present this holiday favorite using cranberry juice, ginger ale cocktail and garnished with rosemary.

Participating Vendors

Eclectic Redesigns by Julie Matos
Handmade jewelry created from recycled materials.

Chocolate Inspirations by Marcy Geotz and Pam Vieau
Handmade, fresh, unique and award winning artisan chocolates and confections.

Glazed Pottery Shop by Mandy Krolak
Innovative, functional and beautiful handcrafted ceramic creations.

Katherine Anne Confections by Katherine Anne Duncan
Local and organic-focused delectable handmade truffles, caramels, chocolates and more.

Practical Girl Designs by Brooke Bartlett
Hand-chiseled serving platters of granite and marble.

Order Wine

After you sip, stop over to the Famous Liquors table and pre-order your favorite wines. When you’re ready, pick up your selections at Famous Liquors in Lombard or Forest Park. 10% of all sales will be donated back to The Morton Arboretum!


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