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Navy Pier chocolate show, Kendall cooking class and Mag Mile Lights Fest top your weekend

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Celebrating the holidays means spending time with friends and family. This weekend is sure to bring everyone together with picks from Time Out Chicago's Marissa Conrad.

Whether you have a sweet tooth or entertaining itch, you can do it all by tasting your way through the weekend. Plus, you can channel your inner-child and ring in the holiday season with Mickey and Minnie Mouse plus experience the latest toys and games on the market just in time to start your holiday shopping.

Get chocolate wasted at this cornucopia of artisan cocoa featuring more than 100 purveyors including Vosges, Lindt, Mariano's Fresh Market, Ghirardelli, Godiva and Dove Chocolate Discoveries. Admission to the 21 and older expo includes entrance to the beer-wine-spirits-pairing pavilion, seminars, demos and ten beverage-sampling tickets and 15 chocolate-tasting tickets. Chicago Fine Chocolate Show Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave (312-595-7437, Fri. noon–10pm, Sat 10am–10pm, Sun 9am–4pm; all access pass $35.

Pretend to be one of Santa's helpers and tryout the latest playthings before they hit toy-store shelves. Highlights are the Star Wars luncheon ($30), Girl Scouts world-record-breaking attempt for the most people playing a card game at the same time in the city, and an enter-to-win Tops Trumps Tournament. One winner is crowned young inventor. Chicago Toy & Game Fair Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave (312-595-7437, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm; $10, kids ages 3–13 $5.

Culinary czar Judith Dunbar Hines wants to teach you a thing or two about holiday entertaining. In this iteration, the esteemed chef demonstrates skills to modernize Thanksgiving classics. Holiday Spice Up Your Life: Bountiful Table Kendall College, 900 N Branch St (866-667-3344, 11am; $75.

Grand marshal Mickey Mouse, accompanied by his lady friend Minnie, will kick off the luminous parade, from Oak Street to Wacker Drive, at 5:30pm. Fireworks are set to go off at 6:57pm. Arrive early to nab a spot on the Ave's festival lane for live music performances (11am–3:45pm). Afterward, stick around to do some shopping. Magnificent Mile Lights Festival North Michigan Ave, from Oak St to Wacker Dr ( 5:30–7pm.

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