What to do in Chicago this Holiday Season

Enjoy Chicago During the Holidays

Before Chicago turns into Chi-Beria, and sub-zero temperatures take a hold of our lives, Chicagoans have the holiday season. Although, staying home under the blankets drinking tea and watching Netflix sounds like the obvious choice. Fall and Winter activities are not to be overlooked.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo lights up for holiday splendor, known as ZooLights, which begin on November 27, and will continue until January 3rd. For a detailed calendar visit the website. Lincoln Park Zoo


Activities include:

  • Musical Light shows
  • Warm spiced wine and frosty lager (My reason to go)
  • Live ice carving every night
  • Dinner and Snacks
  • Rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
  • Rides on the Lionel Train Adventure

On December 10th, enjoy adults night out at ZooLights. Adults 18 and up can enjoy a kid free zone from 6:30-10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advanced for $15 and enjoy DJ tunes and free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel.

Don’t forget to strap on your skates for Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo. Ice skate by the farmhouse and enjoy refreshments at the main barn afterwards. For more details visit: Events

Christkindlmarket Chicago

One of my new favorite holiday traditions has become the Christkindlmarket. Kick off the holiday season on November 20, doors of the market open at 11 a.m. This delightful market offers something for everyone: warm spiced wine, beer, bratwurst, pretzels, and traditional German food with a touch of Chicago influence. Christkindlmarket


Christkindlmarket Chicago moved to Daley Plaza in 1997 and has become a cherished holiday event. A tradition that has origins in Nuremberg, Germany, dating back to 1545.

Warm Pretzel

If you want to avoid the crowds I recommend getting there when the market opens. That being said, the crowds aren’t that bad, lines move quickly. At night, the lights and decorations look even better, the smoke rising from the food vendors blends into the night.

German Bratwurst
Chocolate Marshmallow
Roasted Almonds

Chicago’s Irish Christmas Market


Chicago’s Irish Christmas Market will be a new experience this year. Located in North Center Town Square, 4100 N. Damen. From December 11 through December 13, enjoy an european style outdoor market. Mingle with the locals and eat delicious food. http://irishxmasmarket.com

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker opens on December 4, 2015. And it is a must see holiday classic.  http://www.joffrey.org/nutcracker


Museum of Science and Industry: Christmas Around the World

The tradition began in 1942 with a single tree, which was dedicated to the Allies of WWII. Visit MSI and enjoy the 45-foot Christmas tree centerpiece, surrounded by 50 smaller ones. With the help of volunteers, the trees are decorated to represent the various cultures and traditions. Museum of Science and Industry


Goodman Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Now playing through December 27! For tickets and information visit: Goodman Theatre


Millenium Park Ice Skating

Ice skate this season while enjoying a view of the Chicago Skyline. Entrance to the rink is free, bring your own skates or rent them fro $12. Remember, it will be crowded! I recommend arriving early to avoid the crowds.  Millenium Park


Maggie Daley Park: Skating Ribbon

Not your typical ice skating rink, the skating ribbon is located in Maggie Daley Park.  Check out the website for the opening day: Maggie Daley Park

Work continues on the varied spaces at Maggie Daley Park, including the Ice Ribbon, which is set to open Saturday, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in Chicago. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)

“Skate under Skyscrapers”

Don’t Forget Hot Chocolate

Mindy’s Hot Chocolate: http://hotchocolatechicago.com/products

1747 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Make a reservation online or call (773) 489-1747

Ghirardelli Chocolate:  http://www.ghirardelli.com

830 N Michigan Ave  Chicago, IL 60611

Cafe Viena: http://www.cafeviennachicago.com

2523 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
phone 773-244-9922

Leonidas Belgian Chocolates: http://www.leonidas-usa.com

The Chicagoan, 59 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 929-2323


One Comment Add yours

  1. Nafisa says:

    Very helpful ideas on what to do this festive season😊


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