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Christmas in Chicago Roundup

Things to do in the holiday season


Christmas in Chicago is one of my favorite times of year. There are plenty of things to do to get you in the Christmas spirit, here are some of my favorites.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival officially kicks off the Christmas season in Chicago, with numerous fun family activities and the highlight, the Mickey Mouse parade illuminating over one million lights along Michigan Avenue.

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago is a German tradition that has made its way to Chicago. This Christmas holiday market takes place in Daley Plaza from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and offers unique crafts and gifts for sale, a variety of entertainment, as well as German food and drinks.

Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting

The Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza is now in its 94th year, and features the Chicago Children's Choir, cast members from The Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, Santa Claus, and of course the star of the show, a 90 foot tall Christmas tree.

Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo gets into the holiday season with "ZooLights", when it decks itself with lights, Santa's Safari, ice carving demonstrations, and more.

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo gets into the holiday season with "Holiday Magic", when the zoo decorates with almost a million lights, a laser light show, carolers, storytellers and more.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Navy Pier turns itself into a "Winter Wonderfest" each Christmas season, featuring a number of different attractions, rides, and ice skating.

Christmas Around the World

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry gets into the holiday spirit with its annual Christmas Around the World display.

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