There’s something truly spectacular about a Winter Wonderland holiday season, and there’s no better city to count on for wind, chills, and snow, than Chicago. Whether you’re returning home or taking a winter getaway, celebrating the holidays in Chicago can be enjoyable, invigorating, and very much symbolic of the holiday spirit.
Gather your winter gloves, bulky coat, and snow boots and head out to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue for some good cheer, great shopping, and a hot cup of eggnog or cocoa to warm your hands. With the city at your chilled fingertips, there’s endless opportunities to celebrate with loved ones, savor seasonal eats, and make some memories.
If you enjoy browsing through outdoor markets and picking up festive antiques, seasonal grub, and local artisan pieces, the christkindlmarket in Chicago is the place to be. Located at Daley Plaza, it’s the most popular holiday market of the season, where Chicago residents and tourists flock for spiced wine and beer, German sweets, wooden handicrafts, and authentic German food, like sausages and potato pancakes. The market runs from November 18th to December 24th, 2016.
Who cares if you fall on the ice? Ice skating is a great way to stay active during the holidays and to enjoy time with friends and family. There are so many options for ice skating in Chicago, and some include Maggie Daley Park’s ice ribbon rink, The McCormick Tribune Park in Millennium Park’s rink, and even “snow tubing” at Navy Pier. So, lace up those shoes and head out on the ice!
Seeing the annual performance of The Nutcracker is an excellent way to celebrate the holiday season. Under Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky's classic piece has been a Chicago holiday tradition since the 1980’s. Take a night to enjoy creative and artful performances by some of Chicago’s greatest talent.
Need I say more? Between the crazy holiday sales and deals, and the excitement of just browsing different stores with family in toe, holiday shopping is thrilling, where time seems to just fly by (and wallets start to feel lighter). Hit up Michigan Avenue for luxury brands and high-end stores, to smaller boutiques and art galleries. Some hotels even offer shopping packages with hotel stay, if you’re looking to amp up your spending budget!
Seeing a live performance during the holidays is always enjoyable, especially when the theme in holiday focused. At the Goodman Theatre, from November 19th to December 31st, 2016, you can get into the holiday spirit with Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, denoting times of romance, love, and hope, three sentiments that perfectly exude the seasonal cheer.
With so many joyous activities to choose from, you might want to make a holiday stay in Chicago an annual tradition to come!