Things To Do In Chicago During This Holiday Season

December 5, 2017

Chicago Holiday Events List 2017

Chicago is a beautiful city year-round and the holiday season makes it shine just a bit more! There are an abundance of things to do and see during the most wonderful time of year, we’ve picked a few favorites, check them out below!


{ 1. A Christmas Carol – Goodman Theatre Chicago } 
Nothing screams ‘holidays’ like a great “A Christmas Carol” performance. 2017 marks Goodman Theatre’s 40th consecutive year presenting this classic tale. Don’t miss out, its a must-see for all ages.

Shows: Nov 18 – Dec 31, 2017
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including one intermission
Learn more here.


{ 2. Christkindlmarket Chicago } 
A favorite among Chicagoans and tourists alike, Christkindlmarket provides a fun shopping experience. This Chicago loop market derives from a German tradition; indulge your tastebuds with ethnic food and drinks while enjoying a variety of entertainment from carolers and choirs to other seasonal performers.

Admission is free!
Learn more here.


{ 3. The Nutcracker: Joffrey Ballet } 
An annual production of exquisite talent, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker is without doubt one of the best performances of the season.

Shows: Dec 01 – Dec 30, 2017
Approximate running time: 2 hours including one 20-minute intermission
Learn more here.


{ 4. Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo } 
Fun for all ages! Enjoy bright, colorful lights and fun holiday activities. Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo transforms its grounds for a magical, dream-like experience. Santa makes his appearance, making it especially fun to bring the kids.

Open from 4:30pm-9pm
November 24–26, December 1–3, 8–23, 26–31 and January 1–7, 2018
Learn more here.


{ 5. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink Winter } 
One of Chicago’s main attractions, Millennium Park, presents ice skating! With over 100,000 skaters in attendance every year, it is a “must” for your list of winter activities in Chicago; skate around for a bit, check out the city lights and enjoy a warm drink when you’re done!

November 17, 2017-March 4, 2018 (weather permitting)
Learn more here.

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