Christmas events in Chicago

Make it the best holiday season ever with our guide to Christmas events, from holiday markets to ice skating

Photograph: Bekki Y Wasmuth
The city flips the switch on the holiday season with the lighting of the Daley Plaza Christmas tree, one of Chicago's best Christmas events.

You have to be a special kind of person to love our winters, but you don't even have to like Christmas to like Christmas in Chicago. That's because Christmas events abound this time of year, from annual holiday events like Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza to winter-long excursions like ice skating. Just remember how beautiful the city looked this holiday season when you're arguing over dibs with your neighbor in February.

Christmas events 2014

Music

Holiday and Christmas concerts

'Tis the season for carols, choirs, silver bells, Handel and Jingle Bashes and Balls.

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Theater

Christmas plays and holiday theater

Revisit your favorite carols and other perennials, or start a new seasonal tradition.

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Kids

Christmas activities for kids

There's no shortage of things to do with kids in Chicago, but during the holidays that's especially true.

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Things to Do

The 10 best things to do during the holidays

The city has its own traditions, and your season could become brighter if you ventured out.

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Restaurants

Christmas dinner specials

Let restaurants handle your Christmas dinner this year.

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Shopping and style

Holiday markets in Chicago

Find fun, unique gifts you often can't find at stores.

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Things to Do

30 photos of the holidays in Chicago

Chicago is beautiful at all times of the year, but Christmastime really takes the cake.

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Shopping and style

The best ugly Christmas sweaters

Have a jolly good time with these not-so-pretty sweaters.

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Shopping and style

Holiday gift guide

Avoid crowded stores and make Christmas shopping a cinch this year.

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Shopping and style

The 9 best gift shops

Take the stress out of gift giving by visiting these go-to Chicago gift shops.

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Kids

Santa sightings for kids

Head to a bowling alley, a department store or even a bar to see Santa.

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Film

The 50 best Christmas movies

We count down our favorite Christmas films, from silly Santas to shoot-outs in the snow.

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December 2014 calendars

Things to Do

December events calendar

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Things to Do

December festival calendar

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