We're already in the holiday spirit! Are you? Well, Chicago is the perfect place to enjoy the holiday festivities. From wine & cookie tastings to the finest holiday attractions ever, we've got the top happenings this weekend all in one place. It's time to make weekend plans. Don't forget to share your awesome pics with us on Instagram using #mychicagopix.
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
December 1–January 8 // $10 Admission | $25 Activity ticket
For the 16th year in a row, families from near and far will flock to Navy Pier and bask in seasonal bliss without bundling up. The Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest returns with more than 24 rides and attractions and 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages.
New attractions this year include the Polar Extreme, a double-sided inflatable slide and obstacle course, interactive Arctic Peaks Climbing Walls and an expanded, more challenging Winter Rules mini golf course sure to offer an additional layer of friendly competition and frozen holiday fun.
Geja's Café's 37th Annual Champagne Festival Kickoff
December 4 // $30
Celebrate the holiday season with Geja's Café's 37th Annual Champagne Festival featuring Champagnes and sparkling wines from France. The three-month long festival (runs until February 28) offers guests a chance to sample a majority of the Drappier portfolio, plus two additional selections from Dopff & Irion.
To kick off the festival, Geja's Café is hosting a special tasting open to the public featuring unique and delicious Champagnes from Drappier this Sunday, December 4th. The tasting begins at 1 p.m. and costs $30 per person; space is limited. Geja's Café (340 W. Armitage Avenue)
One of a Kind Show and Sale® Chicago
December 1–4 // $12 | Children (12 and under) FREE
The 16th annual One of a Kind Show returns to the Mart in Chicago, hosting more than 600 juried artists. Introducing new artists and displaying past highlights, this year's One of a Kind Show brings a panoply of diverse works including clothing, accessories, home décor, food, gift items and much more under one roof. The shopping experience will be enhanced with activities throughout the show, including live music, special demonstrations from exhibiting artists, fashion shows featuring artist-designed apparel and delicious food at gourmet cafés.
Attracting more than 65,000 attendees each year, the One of a Kind Show has become a must-hit shopping stop in Chicago. This year's show will not disappoint, offering an unparalleled selection of talented artists to choose from and a bounty of terrific gift options. The Mart (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza)
Renegade Craft Fair Holiday
December 3–4 // FREE
See the best work from contemporary indie-craft artists at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday, held in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Chicago's Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Edition features a thoughtfully curated selection of the finest indie-craft goods, perfect for all of your holiday gift-giving needs. Attendees will partake in a festive weekend of shopping handmade goods, participating in DIY workshops and exploring installations and activities with some of the best indie makers around. Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th Street)
Lincoln Park Conservatory's Winter Flower and Train Show
Through January 28 // FREE
There's nothing that quite warms the body and soul like walking into the glow of the Lincoln Park Conservatory and leaving the Chicago chill behind. Festive decor—lanterns, Christmas trees adorned with lights and holiday plant arrangements—deck out the gorgeous tropical space. The kiddies will get a kick out of following the model trains as they make their way through the gardens and past garden-scale businesses and homes. Lincoln Park Conservatory (2391 N. Stockton Drive)
Prepare for the holidays with our 2016 holiday guide for the top happenings along with our list of the perfect places for holiday shopping in Chicago. Find more top December festivals in our 2016 events calendar.