Chicago winters as a whole aren’t exactly for everyone, but Chicago Christmases? Well, those are harder to resist. The city flexes its majesty during the holiday season, from beloved favorites like Christkindlmarket and ice skating, to newer holiday traditions like Gezelligheid. It can be hard to keep track of your Chicago Christmas must-dos, but fear not—we’ve accumulated enough yuletide events to keep you cheery even when digging out your car.
Christmas in Chicago
Ring in the holiday season at these tree lighting ceremonies
Downtown Chicago will erupt with strings of fairy lights this weekend, officially kicking off the city’s holiday season. While the Mag Mile and Millennium Park ceremonies draw the biggest crowds, there are plenty of places ushering in the Yuletide. If you’re in need of a post-election pick-me-up (which, come on—all of us are), a heavy dose of holiday spirit just might do the trick. So be good to yourself and treat yourself to a bit of fuzzy Christmas cheer at these tree-lighting ceremonies. InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Tree Lighting Ceremony The InterContinental is hosting its very own ceremony, complete with a performance by the American Caroling Company and a never-before-seen video-light display. Christmas is serious business, folks. (Intercontinental Hotel, 505 N Michigan Ave; Nov 17 2:30pm-3:30pm. Free) Tree Lighting at 900 North Michigan During the holidays, 900 North Michigan goes from shopping mall to Christmas wonderland. Such commitment calls for celebration, so the shops are throwing their very first tree lighting ceremony this year. (900 N Michigan Ave; Nov 17 6pm-8pm. Free) Palmer House Chicago The Palmer House invites Chicago over for an afternoon holiday party, which features the Jesse White Tumblers, the cast of the Goodman’s A Christmas Carol, afternoon tea and more. (The Palmer House Chicago, 17 E Monroe St; Nov 18 12:45pm-2pm. Free) Magnificent Mile Lights Festival This two-day event celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, so, as u