AROUND TOWN: Holiday Activities in Chicago
Are you hosting some out-of-towners this holiday season and have no idea how to keep them preoccupied? Do you and your friends want to do something festive instead of buying Christmas gifts this year? Running out of ideas on things to do with the kids while they’re on this never-ending Christmas break? Whether you’re from the city or the suburbs, Chicago has plenty of fun, festive events this holiday season for you to check out!
Christkindlmarket // Bringing German charm to Chicago, this holiday festival is the perfect place for all ages. Santa’s elves are there to serve yummy hot chocolate, spiced wine and delicious food. Guests can purchase trinkets and toys and even bring home a specialty mug. With another location in Naperville, suburbanites won’t have to travel all the way to the city to experience it, too!
Winterland at Gallagher Way // With an ice-skating rink and a visit to Santa’s Workshop, Winterland at Gallagher Way is the perfectly festive spot for all age groups. It's location is just steps from the iconic Wrigley Field, guests may even be graced with the presence of Clark the Cub! New this year? The interactive art installation: Chimes at Gallagher Way!
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights // While sipping on warm, spiced wine or a frosty beer, you can enjoy beautiful, 3D illumination displays at Lincoln Park Zoo! There’s also holiday gift shopping and strolling carolers to really get you in the spirit.
Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest // The perfect family get-together lies right inside of Navy Pier, perfect for those who just want to escape the cold! Winter Wonderfest has indoor rides, attractions, ice-skating and more! You’ll just have to see for yourself.
CTA Holiday Train // See the CTA like you’ve never seen it before; decked out with Christmas decorations, filled with holiday cheer and accompanied by Santa’s elves. Whether you need to take it to reach your destination or you’re just riding to enjoy the festivities, you won’t be disappointed!
Ice Skating at Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park and Rosemont’s MB Financial Park // For those of you who already have a pair of skates but need a place to use them, look no further! These three ice-skating rinks offer FREE admission to those who own their own skates. Don’t own a pair? No problem! Each location offers skate rentals at a reasonable price!