Fun Holiday Activities for Chicagoland Families

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season in Chicagoland offers plenty of family fun with twinkling lights, magical attractions and more. Here’s how to make the season even brighter with these kid-friendly holiday happenings the whole family will love. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or looking forward to New Year’s Eve (aren’t we all?), we’ve got you covered.

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Things to Do During the Holiday Season

Holiday Lights

Six Flags Great America Holiday in the Park

How can you not marvel at all the holiday lights in Chicagoland? Some of our favorites include Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooLights and Morton Arborteum’s Illumination: Tree Lights. Here are the best places to see all the bright lights this holiday season.


Holiday Attractions

Magical things happen around Chicago during the holiday season. Even in 2020, there are still some amazing ways to get into the holiday spirit including Santa, movies, tea and more.


Gift Ideas

Stuck on figuring out your holiday gifts this year? We’ve got you covered with fun toys and even a few DIY gifts. Don’t forget to shop small and give back this year if you can!


Christmas Activities

If your family celebrates Christmas, there are still plenty of things to do to keep your holiday traditions alive. You can count down the days until Dec. 25 with these ideas.


Hanukkah Activities

Hanukkah begins on sundown of Dec. 10 and ends on the evening of Dec. 18. The Festival of Lights means candle-lighting, lots of delicious food and special gifts for your children. Here are some family activities to enjoy.


Kwanzaa Activities

Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili, honors African heritage in the African-American culture and is observed by many Black Americans in the United States. Beginning Dec. 26, here are some things to do with your family during the weeklong celebration.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Let’s be honest, we all can’t wait to celebrate the New Year. You can still ring in 2021 at home, too, with these exciting ideas.


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