As the winter season approaches, it means new activities to try out in Chicago! The best way to get into the holiday spirit is with indoor/outdoor experiences, whether you are a local, or an enthusiastic tourist, Chicago has tons to offer. From ice skating in the heart of Chicago with skyline views to endless options of holiday themed bars, the city has a lot to offer. Check our list of the best things to do in Chicago this holiday season.
The Christkindlmarket makes its annual return to Daley Plaza. From now until December 24th, visitors can buy handmade crafts, taste international foods, and hear festive music at the famous German-style market. Admission is free, but we recommend arriving early, as this popular outdoor market can have longer lines in the evenings, especially on weekends.
2. Lincoln Park Zoolights
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind holiday experience in the heart of the city at the Lincoln Park Zoolights! Offering luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds, with plenty of opportunities for photos, including with Santa. The festive event offers free admission on Monday’s and $5 admission Tuesday-Sunday. However, each admission requires a designated time, so get your tickets as soon as possible!
3. Wrigleyville Pop-Up Bars
Wrigleyville bars and businesses have transformed into winter wonderlands for the holiday season. Enjoy 19 bars, at the city’s largest district of holiday-themed pop-ups with themed drinks, photo opportunities, projected holiday movies + so much more! A fan favorite bar, Deuces, will transform into the Santa Baby Christmas Bar through January. To see a list of bars that will be participating, you can view them here.
4. Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Rink
Experience a holiday attraction like no other in the heart of Downtown Chicago at the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park! The double-length ice-covered path allows skaters to wind around twice as many laps as a traditional rink. You can skate for free Monday through Thursday and for 11am sessions Friday through Sunday (and $5 for other time slots Friday through Sunday, as well as holidays) if you bring your own skates. No skates? No problem! Entry is between $16-$22 (depending on date/time), if you need to rent a pair. Tickets will be limited this year and available through selected time slots to avoid long wait times.
5. View The Millennium Park Christmas Tree
SHINE BRIGHT at Chicago’s official Christmas tree in Millennium Park! The 109th Chicago tree stands roughly over 55 feet and will be lit up from now through January 8th after 4pm.
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