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
- Holiday Fun
- Gift Ideas
- Christmas Activities
- Hanukkah Activities
- Kwanzaa Activities
- New Year’s Eve Celebrations
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.
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.
- Holiday Events for Kids
- Where You Can See Santa
- Virtual Cookie Swap
- Drive-In Holiday Movies
- CTA Holiday Train & Bus
- Holiday Teas to Go
- Virtual Holiday Shows
- Holiday Takeout
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!
- 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
- Where to Donate Toys
- DIY Holiday Gifts
- Children’s Gifts That Give Back
- Family Volunteering Opportunities
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.
- Christmas Tree Farms
- Advent Calendars for Kids
- DIY Ornaments
- Christmas Books for Kids
- At-Home Christmas Guide
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, 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.
- New Year’s Eve Parties for Families
- Tips for Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party at Home
- New Year’s Eve Crafts for Kids
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