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Christmas in Chicago 2023: 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

The official start of winter in Chicago and Christmas, which falls on Monday, December 25 this year, are almost 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.