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Christmas in Chicago 2022 guide to celebrating the holidays

Celebrate Christmas in Chicago with light displays, holiday theater and more festive events.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Christmas and the official start of winter in Chicago are upon us. Get into a festive mood by visiting the German-themed Christkindlmarket villages in Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville, gazing at gorgoues light displays or looking up at the towering Christmas tree in Millennium Park. And if you don't feel like cooking on the holiday this year, there are plenty of options for a delicious and stress-free meal. New Year's Eve is just around the corner as well, but before we get to that, here's how to celebrate Christmas in Chicago with a hefty dose of cheer. 

When is Christmas?

Christmas always falls on December 25. In 2022, the exact date will be Sunday, December 25.

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