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Guide To Holiday Happenings

Holiday Happenings in Chicago:

 
Macy’s Santaland At State Street
When: Nov 11 – Dec 24; see website for times
Where: Macy’s on State Street – 111 N. State St.
Website: https://www.macys.com/social/events/event/?id=31483

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry
When: Nov 14 – Jan 5; open during regular museum hours, see website for museum admission details
Where: Museum of Science and Industry – 700 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637
Website: https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/christmas-around-the-world/

Chriskindlmarket – Daley Plaza
When: Nov 15 – Dec 24; Sun–Thurs: 11am– 8:00pm; Fri-Sat: 11:00am– 9:00pm; special times on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve (11am – 4pm)
Where: Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street)
Website: http://www.christkindlmarket.com/chicago/

“A Christmas Carol”
When: Nov 16 – Dec 29; see website for show times
Where: Goodman’s Albert Theatre – 170 N. Dearborn St.
Website: https://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/1920-Season/A-Christmas-Carol-2019/

Chriskindlmarket – Gallagher Way
When: Nov 22 – Dec 31; see website for times
Where: Gallagher Way – 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
Website: http://www.christkindlmarket.com/chicago/

Visit the City of Chicago Christmas Tree
When: Nov 22 – Jan 6; Special Event – Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov 22 at 6pm
Where: Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square – Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.
Website: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/tree0.html

Bobby’s Bike Hike’s Holiday Hike
When: Nov 23 – Dec 24; See website for tour times
Where: 540 N. Lake Shore Drive
Website: https://www.bobbysbikehike.com/event/holiday-hike-season-sampling-walking-food-tour/

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade
When: Nov 28 8 – 11am
Where: State Street from Congress to Randolph
Website: https://www.chicagothanksgivingparade.com/

Santa at the Berghoff
When: Nov 29 – 30, Dec 7, 14, 20, & 23; 1 – 7pm
Where: The Berghoff – 17 W. Adams St.
Website: https://www.theberghoff.com/events/2019/11/29/santa-visits

Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours’ Holiday Lights Segway Tour
When: Nov 29 – Dec 21; Wednesday – Sunday 6pm
Where: 300 E. Monroe St.
Website: https://chicagosegways.com/specialty_holiday.html

“‘Twas the Night Before…” by Cirque du Soleil
When: Nov 29 – Dec 8; See website for show times
Where: The Chicago Theatre – 175 N. State St.
Website: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/twas-the-night-before

Zoolights
When: Nov 29 – Jan 5; 4:30PM – 9:00PM. Special events certain days, check calendar
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo – 2001 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614
Website: https://www.lpzoo.org/zoolights-presented-comed-and-invesco-qqq

Caroling at Cloud Gate (The Bean)
When: Nov 29 & Dec 6, 13, & 20; 6:00-7:00 PM
Where: Millenium Park, Cloud Gate – 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
Website: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/caroling_at_cloudgate.html

The Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
When: Nov 30 – Dec 29; See website for show times
Where: Auditorium Theatre – 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive
Website: http://joffrey.org/nutcracker

Winter Wonderland Fest at Navy Pier
When: Dec 6 – Jan 12; Times vary, check website
Where: Navy Pier – 600 E. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
Website: https://navypier.org/winter-wonderfest/

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Merry, Merry Chicago!”
When: Dec 14 – 23; See website for show times
Where: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
Website: https://order.cso.org/events

 

Holiday Happenings in the Chicagoland Area

 

Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo
When: Nov 15 – Dec 22 Fridays – Sundays; Additional Dates – Dec 23 & 24; Times vary, check website
Where: Summerfield Zoo – 3800 Flora Road Belvidere, IL 61005
Website: https://summerfieldfarmandzoo.com/christmas-town

Bolingbrook Promenade – Festival of Lights Show
When: Nov 17 – Dec 31; Hourly on the hour between 5pm & 9pm
Where: Bolingbrook Promenade – 631 E Boughton Rd. Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Website: https://www.shoppingpromenade.com/live360/Festival-of-Lights-Light-Show/2145515043/

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden
When: Nov 22 – Jan 5; 4:30pm – 10pm, ticket information online
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden – 1000 Glencoe Rd Glencoe, IL 60022
Website: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/events/featured_events/wonderland_express?date=2018-11-23

Illumination – Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
When: Nov 23 – Jan 5; 4:30pm – 9:30pm, check website for schedule & admission details
Where: The Morton Arboretum – 4100 IL Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532
Website: http://www.mortonarb.org/events/illumination-tree-lights-morton-arboretum

Naper Lights
When: Nov 26 – Dec 27; 4pm – 9pm
Where: Downtown Naperville – 120 Water Street, Naperville IL 60540
Website: https://naperlights.com/

Larsen’s Light Show
When: Nov 28 – Jan 5; Mon – Thurs 5pm – 10pm, Fri – Sun 5pm – 11pm
Where: 42W891 Beith Rd Campton Hills, IL 60119
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/larsenlightshow/about/?ref=page_internal

Aurora’s Festival of Lights
When: Nov 29 – Dec 26; 5pm – 9pm
Where: Phillips Park – 1000 Ray Moses Drive Aurora, IL 60505 (enter from Smith Blvd.)
Website: https://www.aurorafestivaloflights.com/

Festival of Lights & Christmas Trees at Cosley Zoo
When: Nov 29 – Dec 30 3pm – 9pm; Closed on Christmas
Where: Cosley Zoo – 1356 North Avenue Wheaton, IL 60187
Website: https://cosleyzoo.org/events/#festival

Annual Holiday Lights at Moosehart
When: Nov 29 – Dec 31 5pm – 9pm; visit website for admission and Santa Clause appearance dates
Where: Moosehart Child City & School, Inc. – Entrance 2 miles north of I-88 on IL 31 S. Lincolnway Moosehart, IL 60539
Website: http://www.mooseheart.org/event/holiday-lights/

Rockford Festival of Lights
When: Nov 29 – Dec 1, Dec 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 23, 27 – 29 5pm – 11pm; Dec 24 – 25 24 hours; Dec 31 5pm – 12am
Where: Sinnissippi Park – 1401 N. 2nd Street Rockford, IL 61107
Website: http://www.4thandlights.com/festival-of-lights.html

Skating in the Park – Rosemont
When: Nov 29 – Jan 5; Special Event – Light Up the Park on Nov 29 5:30pm – 10pm
Where: Parkway Bank Park – 5501 Park Place Rosemont, IL 60018
Website: https://www.rosemont.com/thepark/events/light-up-the-park/

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
When: Nov 30 – Dec 1, Dec 7 – 8, Dec 14 – 15, Dec 21 – 22, Dec 26 – 31 4pm-9pm; Purchase tickets/admission online
Where: Brookfield Zoo – 3300 Golf Road Brookfield IL 60513
Website: https://www.czs.org/HolidayMagic

Breakfast with Santa at Brookfield Zoo
When: Dec 7, 8, & 14; 9am and 11am seatings, Purchase tickets/admission online
Where: Discovery Center & Brookfield Zoo – 3300 Golf Road Brookfield IL 60513
Website: https://www.czs.org/HolidayMagic

Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park
When: Dec 7 – 22; Special Days: Sat, Dec 7 at 5:30pm – Lilacia Park Lighting Ceremony/JingleBell Jubilee; Weekends from 6-8:00pm – free visits with Santa and other treats
Where: Lilacia Park – 150 South Park Avenue Lombard, IL 60148
Website: http://lombardparks.com/project/holiday-lights-in-lilacia-park/

Ski and Dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus
When: Dec 20; 3pm – 8pm, 5:30pm & 7pm seating times; check website for reservations
Where: Wilmot Mountain – 11931 Fox River Road Wilmot, WI 53192
Website: https://www.wilmotmountain.com/events/calendar/ski-with-santa.aspx