Christmas events in Chicago

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

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

Chicago winters as a whole aren’t for everyone, but Chicago Christmases? 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

The 10 best things to do during the holidays in Chicago
Things to do

The 10 best things to do during the holidays in Chicago

Make it a classic Chicago Christmas

Things to do around Christkindlmarket
Things to do

Things to do around Christkindlmarket

But once you’ve stocked up on ornaments and warmed up with Glühwein, it can be hard to know what to do next

Christmas plays and holiday theater in Chicago
Theater

Christmas plays and holiday theater in Chicago

Variations on Scrooge, Rudolph and other familiar holiday faces fill the city's stages

Holiday and Christmas concerts in Chicago
Music

Holiday and Christmas concerts in Chicago

Give yourself the gift of classic carols or rock-and-roll jingles at these Christmas concerts

Where to cut down your own Christmas tree
Things to do

Where to cut down your own Christmas tree

Take a short day trip from Chicago to chop down your own perfect Christmas tree

Our guide to Chicago holiday markets
Shopping

Our guide to Chicago holiday markets

Snag a unique treasure of a Secret Santa gift at these holiday markets

The Park at Wrigley will get its own Christkindlmarket
News

The Park at Wrigley will get its own Christkindlmarket

Chicago's favorite schnitzel-slinging German market will debut a new location in Wrigleyville this year

Ring in the holiday season at these tree lighting ceremonies
News

Ring in the holiday season at these tree lighting ceremonies

While the Mag Mile and Millennium Park ceremonies draw the biggest crowds, there are plenty of places ushering in the Yuletide

Twinkling photos from ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
News

Twinkling photos from ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Nothing beats walking throughout a winter landscape covered in tiny, glimmering lights

Chicago's best gift shops
Shopping

Chicago's best gift shops

Our favorite go-to gift shops, stocked with clever items for any budget that are sure to please

Fun Christmas activities for kids in Chicago
Kids

Fun Christmas activities for kids in Chicago

Remember how absolutely magical the holidays felt when you were a kid? 

The best Christmas stores in Chicago
Shopping

The best Christmas stores in Chicago

From one-of-a-kind ornaments, to spiced nuts, over-the-top window displays, letters to santa, ugly sweaters and more

11 great holiday party spots
Restaurants

11 great holiday party spots

Plan a night that will fill your colleagues or friends with holiday cheer

The 50 best Christmas films
Movies

The 50 best Christmas films

We’re making a list, checking it twice, of the best Christmas films of all time

The best toy stores in Chicago
Kids

The best toy stores in Chicago

These toys aren't just for kids!

December 2017 calendars

December events calendar
Things to do

December events calendar

Free things to do in December
Things to do

Free things to do in December

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