Yes, your RoundTable photo feature writer is running a bit behind. But the good news is that we now have some amazing pictures to post. Please share your holiday cheer and send us pictures of your lights and displays or those or your neighbors. Or maybe your favorite holiday shopping trip with friends and family. Share your Evanston traditions: Send the pictures to

Mudlark Theater’s Nutcracker is back. In this play, based on the short story by E.T.A. Hoffman that inspired Tchaikovsky’s ballet, 12-year-old Marie doesn’t want to stop living in her imaginary world of toys, even though her family thinks she needs to grow up. Little do they know, that world is real. It runs from Dec. 15-18 and tickets are $18. Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 15-17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17-18.

Myah Bradley, who just turned 1, is caught up in the wonder of her second Christmas. Thanks to her mom and dad, Olivia Bradley and Erick Zepeda, for sending the RoundTable this magical picture.

Photographer Richard Cahan was there to greet Santa Claus when he arrived on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Holiday Train on the Purple Line at the Dempster Street station. (Those are some pretty tall elves behind St. Nick!)

Credit: Richard Cahan

Jamie Wigglesworth joins St. Luke’s Episcopal Church carolers raising their voices on Dempster Street this past Thursday, Dec. 8. Thanks yet again to RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan.

Credit: Richard Cahan

The clean and simple sanctuary decorations beautify the First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1445 Hinman Ave., as it enters the holiday season. Thanks to Nancy Anderson for taking this on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Credit: Nancy Anderson

Agnes Voltz sent us these wonderful shots of another type of sanctuary – the Evanston lakefront enjoyed by pooches and people at a time between sunlight and moonlight that always seems magical on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Thank you to Alan Cubbage for sending us these shots of Christmas decorations on Grant Street.

Kristin Lems thought these two houses on the 1000 and 1400 blocks of Dobson Street should be considered for the honorary designation of best-decorated homes in Evanston. (We don’t yet have that official award – but maybe next year?)

After a three-year hiatus, the doors to the Evanston History Center opened wide on Sunday, Dec. 4, for its holiday open house. These pre-event shots were sent to us by Agnes Voltz.

Voltz also sent us more shots from around the Northwestern University campus during reading week – that time when everyone gets prepared for finals week!

The holiday season means it’s final exam time for students. We’ll end with a look at Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue, with the Northwestern campus lit up for winter.

Credit: Richard Cahan

Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...

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