Guide To Holiday Happenings

Holiday Happenings in Chicago:


Now – Dec 24; Sun–Thurs: 11am– 8:00pm; Fri-Sat: 11:00am– 9:00pm; special times on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve

Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street)



Nov 16 – Jan 6; 4:30PM – 9:00PM. Special events certain days, check calendar
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614



Caroling at Cloud Gate (The Bean)

Dec 7 & 14, and Wed, Dec 12; Free Admission: 6:00-7:00 PM

Millenium Park, Cloud Gate

201 E. Randolph St.

Chicago, Il 60601



Winter Wonderland Fest at Navy Pier

Now thru Sun, Jan 6th

Times vary, check website

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 595-7437



Holiday Breakfast at the Shedd Aquarium

Sun, Dec 2, 9, 16 & 23; Sat, Dec 15 & 22; check website for ticket prices and availability

Event includes holiday crafts and photos with Santa, breakfast in the Bubble Net, Polar Express 4-D experience, aquatic presentation, and more

(312) 939-2438

1200 S Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60605



Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry

Now-Sun, Jan 6: open during regular museum hours

See website for museum admission details

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60637



Winter Pop-Up Restaurant – BAITA at Eataly Chicago

11 a.m.-10 p.m.

11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Introducing: BAITA, the new winter inspired restaurant at Eataly Chicago. Piemontese for small ski lodge, BAITA provides guests with a cozy atmosphere that transports them from the cold streets of Chicago to the festive Italian Alps, complete with décor, food and drinks fit for only the best of Après Ski relaxing.

Eataly Chicago

43 E Ohio St.

Chicago, IL 60611



Holiday Happenings in the Chicagoland Area


Aurora’s Festival of Lights

Friday, the Day after Thanksgiving to the Day after Christmas; Fri & Sat 5pm-10pm; Sun-Thurs 5pm-9pm

Phillips Park

1000 Ray Moses Drive

Aurora, IL 60505



Festival of Lights – Bolingbrook Promenade

Festival of Lights Show: Sun, Nov 11 thru Dec 31: 5pm-9pm
631 E Boughton Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440


Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

Sat, Dec 8th, 15th, 22nd

Sunday Dec 9th, 16th, 23rd

Wed to Mon, Dec 26th-31st

Times: 4pm-9pm

Purchase tickets/admission online

Brookfield Zoo

3300 Golf Road




Larsen’s Light Show

Now thru Tues, Jan 1st; Mon thru Thurs: 5pm-10:30pm, Fri thru Sun: 5pm-11:30pm

42W891 Beith Rd

Campton Hills, IL 60119

(630) 365-0522



Wonderland Express Chicago Botanic Garden

Now-Dec 21: 10am-5pm; Dec 22-Jan 6: 10am-7pm

Check website for admission cost

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Glencoe Rd

Glencoe, IL 60022

(847) 835-5440



Illumination – Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Now thru Tues, Jan 1st: 5pm-9:30pm

The Arboretum will be closed some days, check website for schedule & admission details

The Morton Arboretum

4100 IL Route 53

Lisle, IL 60532



Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park

Now thru Mon, Dec 31st: 4pm-9pm

Special Days: Sat, Dec 1st at 5:30pm – Lilacia Park Lighting Ceremony/JingleBell Jubilee; Weekends from 6-8:00pm – free visits with Santa and train rides

Lilacia Park

150 South Park Avenue

Lombard, IL 60148



Annual Holiday Lights at Moosehart

Now thru Mon, Dec 31st: 5pm-9pm; visit with Santa Dec 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23

View website for admission details

Moosehart Child City & School, Inc.

Entrance 2 miles north of I-88

On IL 31 S. Lincolnway

Moosehart, IL 60539

(630) 966-2200



Naper Lights

Now thru Mon, Dec 24th

Thurs-Sun: Thurs 4-7:00pm, Fri 4-9:00pm, Sat 4-9:00pm, Sun 4-6:00pm

Free Admission

Naper Settlement

523 South Webster Street

Naperville, IL 60540

(630) 420-6010



Rockford Festival of Lights

Dec 7th thru Dec 31st; Dec 7-9: 6pm-10pm, Dec 14-16: 6pm-10pm, Dec 21-23: 6pm-10pm, Dec 24-25: 24 hours, Dec 28-31: 6pm-10pm

Free Admission

Sinnissippi Park

1401 N. 2nd Street

Rockford, IL 61107



Light up the Park – Rosemont

Ice rink will be open every day from Now thru Jan 4

Parkway Bank Park
5501 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018

(847) 349-5008



Festival of Lights & Christmas Trees at Cosley Zoo

Now thru Sat, Dec 29th” 3pm-9pm nightly; closed Christmas

The zoo is open 9am-9pm daily; lights come on at 3pm

Free Admission

Cosley Zoo

1356 North Avenue

Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 665-5534



Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo

Now-Dec 23rd: Thurs 10am-3pm, Fri 3pm-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm

Additional dates: Christmas Eve 9am-4pm, Dec 26-28 10am-4pm

$10 per person admission fee

Summerfield Zoo

3800 Flora Road

Belvidere, IL 61005



Ski and Dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Fri, Dec 21st: 3-8pm

Ski with Santa and then enjoy dinner with him and Mrs. Claus at Walt’s Tavern. Reservations preferred: seating times 5:30pm and 7pm. Check website or more details.

Wilmot Mountain

11931 Fox River Road

Wilmot, WI 53192