Discover a traditional centuries-old holiday market in the heart of downtown Chicago. Christkindlmarket features German and international vendors who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. School groups, professional singers and dance groups perform. Special events include appearances by the Christkind and the annual Children’s Lantern Parade, which celebrates St. Martin’s Day. Nov. 20-Dec. 24.
Enjoy a special suburban edition of the Chicago German-American Holiday Market. Includes hot beverages, German food, and gift shopping – just like at Daley Plaza.
The City of Chicago’s 102nd Christmas Tree will move this holiday season to Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. Santa Claus will also set up shop for visits in the park during the holiday season as well as ice skating and Caroling at Cloud Gate.
Presenting the best elf-inspired holiday magic, including beloved attractions, world-class shopping and dining, and a variety of family-friendly activities.
A drive-through of more than one mile of spectacular lighted displays, many of which are animated, and are illuminated by tens of thousands of bulbs.
Santa's little house on the Naperville Riverwalk will be occupied by Santa and kids can visit and have their photo taken. Runs Dec. 1-23.
Get in the spirit of the holidays with complimentary hot chocolate and sweet treats while exploring the historic neighborhood. Listen to carolers and choirs, purchase holiday trees or wreaths at Old Town Garden and start your holiday shopping. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., come and watch the tree lighting at Burton Place Park (1501 N. Wells). Plus, stop by one of the Old Town drop-off locations with nonperishable food, household and/or toiletry supplies or new/gently worn winter clothing to support the annual charity drive.
20,000 twinkling lights and hand-decorated trees transform Cosley Zoo into a fairy tale winter wonderland. Visit the animals and purchase a cup of hot chocolate, your tree, wreath, and holiday gifts. Runs daily Nov. 27-Dec. 30.