On of my (and many others) favorite things about the holiday season are the Christmas light displays. Fortunately, there is no shortage of glowing and twinkling strands of lights in Chicago. Here are some places to see Chicago Christmas lights.
The most appropriate spot to start a tour of Chicago Christmas lights would probably be the Chicago Christmas tree located in Daley Plaza. The tree is set up each year around Thanksgiving, and is adjacent to the Christkindlmarket.
This popular parade down the North Michigan Avenue shopping corridor the Saturday before Thanksgiving draws hundreds of thousands of people as Mickey Mouse leads the procession lighting up over one million lights. The lights stay on throughout the Christmas season.
Lincoln Park Zoo gets into the holiday season with "ZooLights", when it decks itself with lights, Santa's Safari, ice carving demonstrations, and more.
Not to be outdone, Brookfield Zoo also decorates for Christmas with almost a million lights, a laser light show, carolers, storytellers and more.
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier has one advantage over other displays -- it's inside! A definite plus during Chicago's sometimes brutal winter cold.