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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN CHICAGO!

Like baubles on a tree, Chicago's holiday events and traditions delight the senses, add sparkle to your social calendar, and come in every shape, size and color.

  • Be mesmerized by an explosion of twinkling lights at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Millennium Park (Nov. 16), Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (Nov. 16-17), ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (Nov. 23-Jan. 6, 2019) and Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier (Nov. 30 - Jan. 6, 2019).
  • Shop till you drop (or you've had one too many spiced wines) at Christkindlmarket Chicago (Nov. 16 - Dec. 24), Randolph Street Holiday Market (Nov. 17-18 and Dec. 15-16) and the One of A Kind Show and Sale (Dec. 6-9).
  • And if the winter air is just a little too frosty, take in holiday-themed events at the city's world-renowned museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago's Holiday Thorne Rooms (Nov. 17-Jan. 8, 2019), the Museum of Science & Industry's Christmas Around the World exhibit (Nov. 15-Jan. 6) and the Joffrey Ballet's unique interpretation of The Nutcracker (Dec. 1-30).

Whichever events you choose, you're sure to find that Chicago truly is a winter wonderland.

CHRISTMAS CALENDAR CHEAT SHEET

While Christmas events span from November to January, a winter getaway to Chicago should definitely take advantage of favorite holiday happenings. Here's a quick calendar roundup of some of the biggest events to plan your trip around, all happening on back-to-back weekends: