The famous windy city may be battered by cold weather during the festive season, but this doesn’t stop the cities inhabitants from going all out with their holiday celebrations. When Christmas rolls around Chicago lights up and overflows with yuletide cheer. Whether you are traveling the city solo or if you have your kids in tow, here are some of the best things to see in Chicago this festive season.
Chicago Christmas Market
While the major European cities may be famous for their Christmas markets, Chicago has its very own legendary Christmas market too. Named Christkindlmarket Chicago, the cities Christmas market is the largest German Christmas market in the USA. Christkindlmarket Chicago takes place in Daley Plaza and offers shoppers handcrafted decorations, jewelry, toys, and even cuckoo clocks. It’s a great place to pick up a unique gift for that special someone but the market also offers a great variety of different Christmas treats as well as eggnog, hot chocolate, and spiced wine.
Festival of Lights at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield zoo offers guests an amazing Christmas lights festival that spans the entire zoo and offers light displays, carolers, icerinks and even a laser show.
Kids love the zoo lights and special parts of the zoo are even open for kids to see the animals at night when they are most active. With over one million lights these festive displays are a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
Christmas Around the Wolrd
Every festive season Chicago’s museum of science and industry opens an exhibit that showcases how different cultures all around the world celebrate Christmas. If your little ones need some reminding that Christmas isn’t just about presents this unique exhibit may remind them about the real meaning of Christmas.
The exhibit features trees from around the world as well as multiple cultural dances and chorus groups from around the globe.