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How to prolong your Christmas cheer

Written by
Kris Vire

The 25th may be past us, but if you're not ready to let go of yuletide cheer just yet, there are several events that will let you extend your Christmas reveling for a few more days before New Year's Eve hits. Keep calm and carol on with these ongoing celebrations.

Lights: The free ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo continues through January 4, while the Brookfield Zoo keeps the Holiday Magic going through New Year's Eve. You can explore the sound-responsive Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum through January 3, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation's trolley tour of Michigan Avenue's lights (and history) is available through December 28.

Stage: Scrooge keeps Scroogeing in the Goodman Theatre's venerable A Christmas Carol through December 28, while in the same building the Second City's Twist Your Dickens puts a satiric spin on the story through January 3. Out on Navy Pier, the Q Brothers' hip-hop Ebenezer spins on through New Year's Eve in A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Joffrey Ballet dances The Nutcracker through the 28th, and the House Theatre of Chicago's unique non-balletic Nutcracker plays on through December 30. Get your Bedford Falls fix in It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! or set sail with The Christmas Schooner, both through this weekend as well. See our complete guide to holiday theater for more continuing shows.

Kids: The Museum of Science and Industry's Christmas Around the World is on view through January 4, while the Wonderland Express chugs on at the Botanic Gardens through the same date. Navy Pier's indoor Winter Wonderfest keeps up the cheer through January 11, which is also how long the holiday windows will be on display at Macy's on State Street. And of course, the outdoor ice skating season is only getting underway at rinks around the city, including the new ice ribbon at Maggie Daley Park (tip: bring your own skates if possible to avoid long lines for rentals).

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