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Holiday Activities in Chicago

Experience the pulse of the holidays in the electrifying city of Chicago. Tis the season among world-class shopping, dining, performing arts, museums, and exciting holiday events and attractions, including Zoo Lights. From shopping along the infamous Magnificent Mile and Christkindlemarket Chicago kicking off the season at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the holidays in Chicago is an unforgettable holiday experience.

Chicago Things to See and Do

  • Christkindlmarket Chicago

    Christkindlmarket Chicago Is A Highly Anticipated Annual Holiday Event Held In Daley Plaza, Opening November 20, Closing December 24. The Market Replicates A European Village During Winter With Charming Timber Houses And Festive Christmas Décor. Shoppers Will Find Baked Goods, Beer, Wine, Toys, Ornaments, And Crafts. Click For Additional Information
  • Chicago's Epic New Year's Eve

    Ringing in 2016, Chicago is celebrating and epic New Year's Eve with a big outdoor celebration. The event, Chi-Town Rising, will have three stages of musical entertainment, with featured music headliners, fireworks along the Chicago River between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, and an iconic ascending star, correlating to the countdown. Click For Additional Information
  • Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo

    Join In This Family-Focused Holiday Event, Featuring Radiant Christmas Displays And Activities All Throughout The Grounds Of The Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo. Be There For The Flip Of The Switch On November 27, When Zoo Lights Will Sparkle And Santa Claus Is Mingling With The Kids. Click For Additional Information
  • Magnificent Mile Lights Fest

    Kick Off Your Holiday Season At The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival On Saturday, November 21. Join The Fun Early And Enjoy Live Music, Family-Focused Activities, Unparalleled Holiday Shopping, The Tree Lighting Parade With Mickey And Minnie Mouse, And A Fireworks Show Over The Chicago River. Click For Additional Information
  • A Christmas Carol

    Enjoy The Classic Tale, Written By Charles Dickens, Produced At Chicago's Goodman Theatre November 14-December 27. This Enchanting Production Bring Our Beloved Character Ebenezer Scrooge To Live During This Award Winning Annual Production. Click For Additional Information
  • The Nutcracker: Joffrey Ballet

    Chicago's  #1 Nutcracker, Performed By The Joffrey Ballet Chicago Is A Glorious Holiday Tradition. "It Is Majestic And Intoxicating" - Chicago Tribune. Tickets Are Available December 4-December 27 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Click For Additional Information
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Based on the loved cartoon television special, the A Charlie Brown Christmas performance brings the Peanut pals to life on stage. Join the friendly cast as they discover the true meaning of Christmas at the Broadway Playhouse, November 14-December 27. Click For Additional Information
  • McCormick Tribune Ice Rink Winter

    The iconic ice rink in Millennium Park has over 100,000 skaters annually, twirling beneath the twinkling tree lights. Celebrating its 13th season, skating is free and open to the public November 14 -March 8. Click For Additional Information
  • Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

    Participate In A Winter Extravaganza At Navy Pier's 15th Annual Winter WonderFest Presented By Bank Of America, December 4-January 10. Imagine An Indoor Amusement Park, Complete With A Ferris Wheel, Hot Cocoa Cups, Artic Plunge Slide, Ice Line Zip Line, And Much More. The Fun Also Includes A 170,000 Square Foot Chicago Blackhawks Indoor Ice Rink. Click For Additional Information
  • Christmas Around The World and Holiday of Lights

    Enjoy A One-Of-A-Kind Seasonal Celebration at The Christmas Around The World And Holiday Of Lights, Starting November 19 Thru January 3. This Chicago Tradition Began In 1942 With A Single Tree Dedicated To The Allies Of World War II. A 45 Food Grand Tree Takes Center Stage In The Rotunda, Surrounded By More Than 50 Smaller Trees Beautifully Decorated By Volunteers From Chicago's Ethnic Communities To Represent Their Various Cultures And Holiday Traditions. School Choral Groups Perform During The Week, And Ethnic Song And Dance Performances Take Place On The Weekends In Conjunction With The Exhibit. Click For Additional Information
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza

    Celebrate with the City of Chicago's 102nd Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, accompanied by live performances and festival music. The lights are officially flipped at 5pm on November 24 and continue throughout December. Click For Additional Information
  • Festive Holiday Tours

    Enjoy Chicago by wheels this holiday season and explore top holiday decorations by climbing aboard the Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour, a 2.5 hour journey, visiting ZooLights, The Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, State Street and Macy's holiday windows. Another option is a segway tour from Absolutely Chicago Segway or Segway Experience of Chicago to glide through the city.


  • Magnificent Mile

    Chicago's Magnificent Mile Is A Magical Holiday Shopping Experience With Variety Of Specialty Stores And Shops That Will Spark Every Interest, Including The Shops At Water Tower Place, The Shops At North Bridge, 900 North Michigan Avenue, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue And Nordstrom. Shop Magnificent Mile
  • Water Tower Place

    Located On Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place Is A Premium Shopping Destination With Some Of The Most Popular Stores In The World, Like Macy's And American Girl Place. Get Into The Holiday Spirit At This Exciting Entertainment, Shopping And Dining Complex. Shop Water Tower
  • Macy's

    Chicago's Famous Macy's On State Street Is A On The National Register Of Historic Places And A National Historic Landmark. Deemed As The World's Second Largest Department Store, This Flagship Store Offers 12 Floors Of Shopping, Dining And Holiday Bliss. Shop Macy's On State Street
  • State Street Shopping

    Located in the Chicago's Loop District, exists a variety of retail shops, including Block 37, featuring Sephora and Zara, in a five story atrium. This area of retail shopping is situated in the middle of Chicago's Broadway in Chicago Theaters and financial district. Shop Block 37
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