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The holidays are so much fun in Chicago! The city feels like a winter wonderland: Trees covered in snow, sparkling lights and lots of unique stores where you can find that perfect gift. There are also a wide array of holiday plays in Chicago that are sure to get you in the spirit. If you haven't made Chicago theater a part of your holiday tradition, it's time you do! Read on to discover four Chicago holiday shows that are really worth dashing through the snow for. 

Santa at ZooLights

Every year, Santa Claus swings through Chicago on his sleigh so he can do some last-minute Mag Mile shopping and check the lists of all the good little boys and girls. If you're looking for that treasured Santa photo opp, or if you just want to let him know that you've been nicer than naughtier, here are eight spots to catch Santa in Chicago before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his grand Christmas Eve voyage around the world.

Christkindlmarket Chicago

It's that time again. Holiday shopping in Chicago may not officially start until the Friday after Thanksgiving (here's a handy Mag Mile shopping map), but smart shoppers know that deals and steals happen early. Chicago hosts two festive markets that usher in the holiday season and supply both holiday fun and distinctive shopping treasures. Mark your calendars and make your Christmas in Chicago plans.

The Joffrey Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Nutcrackers across Chicagoland are flexing their jaws and sharpening their swords in preparation for the annual battle to be played out on stages large and small. Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker (Auditorium Theatre, final performances through December 27), choreographed by Robert Joffrey in 1987, is poised for its final voyage with the company for its 28th consecutive season.

Holidays at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Chicago's hotels go all out for the holiday season, making for a magical winter getaway. From grand trees festooned with gilded ornaments to a gingerbread elevator, the attention to detail and creativity will send your holiday spirits soaring. Here are 8 must-visit Chicago hotels that feature spectacular holiday decor.

What to Eat and Drink at Christkindlmarket

Friday, December 11, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

The holidays are a time for gift-giving and gingerbread and family. It's also a time for mulled wine in boots and more stollen than you've ever seen in your life. This is where Christkindlmarket comes in, serving up festive holiday eats through December 24.

St. Lucia Festival of Lights December 13, 2015

Chicago holiday celebrations take on a Swedish flavor with the annual tradition Sunday, December 13 at 4:45 pm. As the sun is setting on Clark Street, a parade of white-gowned girls will march through Andersonville, starting at the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark St. The beauty and joy of this Swedish tradition should not be missed. Here are a few highlights:

Santa at ZooLights

Santa sightings in Chicago are in full swing! Santa Claus loves Chicago and every year he rolls into town to visit with all the good boys and girls. The busy man in red hops from venue to venue, from parks to cruise liners sailing along Lake Michigan, carefully checking his list twice and marking down what kids want for Christmas. Catch him at these spots in Chicago before he heads back to the North Pole to gear up for the big night.

Christkindlmarket Chicago
 
Although it is a German tradition that dates back over many centuries, Chicago's Christkindlmarket has become as much a part of the Windy City as deep dish pizza. Inspired by the famous Nuremberg market and hosting over 50 authentic German vendors, Christkindlmarket offers a taste of Germany without the airfare.

One of a Kind Show and Sale

The annual One of a Kind Show and Sale truly lives up to its name, esteemed as one of the most quintessential holiday season craft markets in the country. Located inside the historic Merchandise Mart, this year's event takes place December 3 through 6, featuring a dizzying array of gourmet delicacies, artists' wares, craft goods, apparel, and so much more, provided by more than 600 artists. It's truly one of a kind.

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