Christmas in Chicago

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

Macy's Great Tree
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

You know that winter in Chicago is just around the corner when you begin to see holiday light displays and decorated trees popping up throughout the city. Christmas in Chicago begins before thanksgiving arrives, as Christkindlmarket returns to Daley Plaza (and Wrigleyville), the Lincoln Park ZooLights are illuminated and the city's official Christmas Tree goes up in Millennium Park. In the weeks leading up to the festive holiday, you can go ice skating, sing seasonal songs around the Bean or track down amazing gifts at local shops. It won't be long before New Year's Eve arrives, so here's how to celebrate Christmas in Chicago with the appropriate amount of cheer.

When is Christmas?

Christmas always falls on December 25th. In 2021, the exact date will be Saturday, December 25.

Event calendars

December events calendar
Things to do

December events calendar

January events calendar
Things to do

January events calendar