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