Winter is near, which means it's time to look at the holiday
calendar and plan how to fit in some merrymaking amid the chaos.
Here are three places just as jolly as the North Pole, yet
Wonderfest at Navy Pier, Chicago
From the Kris Kringle carousel to the Reindeer Express
train ride through Santa's Workshop to the indoor Ferris Wheel,
this magical indoor festival should be a yearly must-do for every
Chicagoan. Plan your visit around the crowds.
The Osthoff Resort, Lake Elkhart, Wisc
During select weekends in December, this gem of a resort less
than three hours from Chicago hosts an authentic Old World German
Christmas market along with a host of holiday activities like
making ornaments with Mrs. Claus, breakfast with Santa, a brunch
featuring St. Nicholas and real reindeer, and a caroling
Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Ky.
This hotel, about five hours from Chicago, becomes North Pole's
southern satellite office during the holidays with a Peppermint
Express kiddie train ride, a Snow Fairy Princess Tea, the Mistletoe
Marketplace and the Colors of the Season Holiday Dinner Show. Of
course, Santa is on hand to take requests from kids on the nice