From tree lightings to sleigh rides to unique shopping opportunities, Chicago area cities and towns know how to celebrate the holidays.
The streets come alive with Gingerbread men, Radio Disney, Santa and much more. Merchants celebrate the holidays by staying open late and celebrating their customers.
Featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and entertainment. Check website for detailed schedule. Weekends from Nov. 9-Dec. 31, 2013.
Experience a traditional German holiday market in the
heart of downtown Chicago, featuring vendors from around the world.
Find unique holiday gifts, indulge in traditional German foods,
sweets and beverages, and enjoy live music and entertainment for
the whole family. Highlight of the market will be the premier of
Chicago's own Christkind and the Kinder Korner activities. Runs
Nov. 26-Dec. 24.
Enjoy indoor and outdoor lighted displays, designer wreaths and trees, and Garden-scale trains that wind their way over bridges and through tunnels, and past more than 80 miniature versions of Chicago landmarks, a Stanley Cup replica, all handcrafted with natural materials. Runs Nov. 29-Jan. 5.
The zoo becomes a winter wonderland illuminated by more than 2 million lights, including new 3D displays. Watch live ice carving, prepare family crafts, and enjoy the animal exhibits. New in 2013: ice skating at the rink in Farm-in-the-Zoo.
Experience the magic of the holidays with a visit from Santa, community carols, roasted chestnuts and a walk through Christmas Tree Lane.
The festival of St. Lucia is a celebration of lights prevailing over the darkest time of the year. Celebrate first at Daley Plaza with Lucia candidates representing Swedish-American organizations throughout the Chicago area starting at 11:30 a.m. The festivities around this old Swedish holiday continue later on in Andersonville with a Lucia procession leaving from the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark, at 4:45 p.m. and returning for a program at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., the celebration continues at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, with holiday songs, readings and a final Lucia procession.