Christmas events in Chicago

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



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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.

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Christmas events 2014

Holiday and Christmas concerts

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

Christmas plays and holiday theater

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

10 elements of a classic Chicago Christmas

From holiday theater to a DIY Christmas lights tour.

11 great holiday party spots

Plan a night that will fill your colleagues with holiday cheer.

The 20 best Christmas films

We’re making a list, checking it twice, of the best Christmas films of all time, from the classics to Elf.

10 festive Chicago bars

Animated displays, model trains and upwards of 35,000 lights deck the halls of Chicago bars.

A Christmas music mix that won't drive you insane

Our "Why Can't the Malls Play This?" playlist.

17 hot cocktails

From spiked hot chocolates and ciders to warming punches, here's where to drink hot cocktails this season.

Do your holiday shopping at these Christmas markets

Score unique gifts for everyone on your list at these Christmas markets and seasonal pop-up shops.

The 9 best gift shops

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

Where to chop down your own Christmas tree

Take a road trip to pick the perfect tree.

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