Holiday Events to Enjoy in Chicago

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It’s December, you know what time is it? ‘Tis the season for celebration, from Christmas to Hanukkah, the Windy City is filled with events and things to do for this winter season, read on to find out what’s going on in Chicago this winter!

'Tis the season to celebrate!

‘Tis the season to celebrate (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tonight)!

  1. Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is packed with a full day of family-friendly activities, rockin’ concerts with top musical artists, a tree lighting parade lead by Mickey and Minnie mouse, and ends with a firework over Chicago River. Note: This event was held on November 21st.

Mag Mile Lights Fest parade led by Mickey and Minnie (Photo courtesy of  Chicago Genie)!

Mag Mile Lights Fest parade led by Mickey and Minnie (Photo courtesy of Chicago Genie)!

2. Tree Lighting Ceremony

This is the 102nd Chicago Christmas Tree lighting. This year the traditional Christmas tree lighting for Chicago’s official Christmas tree is at Millennium Park, moved from its usual Daley Plaza, which disappoints some people like myself as the Christmas market is always held at Daley Plaza including this year too. Note: This event was held on November 24th!

This year Chicago Christmas tree is moved to Millennium Park!

This year Chicago Christmas tree is moved to Millennium Park!

3. CTA Holiday Train

It’s that time of year to get into the holiday spirit and catch a ride on the CTA Holiday Train! Santa and his elves will ride the train passing out candy canes and season’s greetings. The entire outside of the train is covered with holiday season images, and the interior of the train is decorated with thousands of multicolored lights. Check out the schedule of daily holiday train here!

You can ride with Santa and reindeer on the train!

You can ride with Santa and reindeer on the train (Photo courtesy of Huffington Post)!

4. Christkindlmarkt

This German Christmas holiday market is part of Chicago holiday tradition. Dozens of vendors selling anything from Christmas decorations to winter wears, come here to try out various German wine, beer, cider, and food! Sadly this year the Chicago Christmas tree is moved to Millennium Park.

You will be able to have your drink in this Christmas boot souvenir cup for $5 extra!

You will be able to drink in this Christmas boot souvenir cup for $5 extra!

5. Caroling at Could Gate (A.K.A the Bean)

Holiday music is in the air! Sing some holiday classics at the Bean that are part concert, part sing-along lead by local coral groups every Friday night from 6 to 7 of December!

Sing along or listen to some holiday classics at the Bean (Photo courtesy of City of Chicago)!

Sing along or listen to some holiday classics at the Bean (Photo courtesy of City of Chicago)!

6. ZooLights

ZooLights is a luminous displays and holiday season activities hold in Lincoln Park Zoo. ZooLights shine from Friday to Sunday from November 27th until December 13th, after that, it shines every night until January 3rd.

Who doesn't want to see light display in a zoo? (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Who doesn’t want to see light display in a zoo? (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

7. Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Apparently more than 100,000 people skate at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink every year according to the City of Chicago. The ice rink opens from around noon to 10 PM every day from November 13th to March 6th, ice skating shoes are available to rent for $12!

Try not to slip when you skate (Photo courtesy of City of Chicago)!

Try not to slip when you skate (Photo courtesy of City of Chicago)!

8. Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago brought a gift to Chicago for Christmas by hosting two special holiday exhibitions. Special holiday exhibitions are here to stay until January 3rd!

Special holiday exhibitions at Art Institute of Chicago!

Special holiday exhibitions at Art Institute of Chicago (Photo Courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago)!

9. Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

From dozens of rides, slides, ice skating, fun photo ops to indoor Ferris Wheel, the Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier has it all! The Festival is opened from December 5th to January 10th!

Looks like a playground that would appear in Frozen (Photo courtesy of WGN Radio)!

Looks like a playground that would appear in Frozen (Photo courtesy of WGN Radio)!

That’s it for this post, stay tuned because my big trip around East Asia is coming soon!                 Your boy,

-Chuck

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