\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThere’s something truly spectacular about a Winter\r\nWonderland holiday season, and there’s no better city to count on for wind,\r\nchills, and snow, than Chicago. Whether you’re returning home or taking a\r\nwinter getaway, celebrating\r\nthe holidays in Chicago can be enjoyable, invigorating, and very much\r\nsymbolic of the holiday spirit. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGather your winter gloves, bulky coat, and snow boots and\r\nhead out to the Magnificent Mile\r\non Michigan Avenue for some good cheer, great shopping, and a hot cup of\r\neggnog or cocoa to warm your hands. With the city at your chilled fingertips,\r\nthere’s endless opportunities to celebrate with loved ones, savor seasonal\r\neats, and make some memories. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChristkindlmarket \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you enjoy browsing through outdoor markets and picking up\r\nfestive antiques, seasonal grub, and local artisan pieces, the christkindlmarket\r\nin Chicago is the place to be. Located at Daley Plaza, it’s the most\r\npopular holiday market of the season, where Chicago residents and tourists\r\nflock for spiced wine and beer, German sweets, wooden handicrafts, and\r\nauthentic German food, like sausages and potato pancakes. The market runs from\r\nNovember 18th to December 24th, 2016. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIce Skating \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWho cares if you fall on the ice? Ice skating is a great way\r\nto stay active during the holidays and to enjoy time with friends and family.\r\nThere are so many options for ice\r\nskating in Chicago, and some include Maggie Daley Park’s ice ribbon rink,\r\nThe McCormick Tribune Park in Millennium Park’s rink, and even “snow tubing” at\r\nNavy Pier. So, lace up those shoes and head out on the ice! \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Ballet \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSeeing the annual performance of The Nutcracker is an excellent way to celebrate the holiday season.\r\nUnder Joffrey Ballet and\r\nthe Chicago Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky's classic piece has been a Chicago holiday tradition since the 1980’s. Take a night to enjoy creative and artful\r\nperformances by some of Chicago’s greatest talent. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nShopping \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNeed I say more? Between the crazy\r\nholiday sales and deals, and the excitement of just browsing different stores\r\nwith family in toe, holiday\r\nshopping is thrilling, where time seems to just\r\nfly by (and wallets start to feel lighter). Hit up Michigan Avenue for luxury\r\nbrands and high-end stores, to smaller boutiques and art galleries. Some hotels\r\neven offer shopping\r\npackages with hotel stay, if you’re looking to amp up your\r\nspending budget! \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTheatre \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSeeing a live performance during\r\nthe holidays is always enjoyable, especially when\r\nthe theme in holiday focused. At the Goodman Theatre, from November 19th\r\nto December 31st, 2016, you can get into the holiday spirit with\r\nCharles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas\r\nCarol, denoting times of romance, love, and hope, three sentiments that\r\nperfectly exude the seasonal cheer. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWith so many joyous activities to choose from, you might\r\nwant to make a holiday stay in Chicago an annual tradition to come!