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December 2020 events calendar for Chicago

Find the best holiday activities in Chicago, including free things to do, and picks from theater, art and music

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It may be cold and there might be some snow on the ground, but December is one of the most magical months of the year in Chicago—and with so many great things to do in the coming weeks, there's no reason to hibernate for the winter. Find some holiday cheer at a variety of Chicago Christmas events, show off your skills at a Chicago ice skating rink or marvel at one of the city's dazzling displays of Christmas lights. Throughout December you can also sip a steaming beverage at Christkindlmarket or catch seasonal favorites like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. And don't forget to make plans to attend a New Year's Eve party before 2020 arrives. It's the final month of the year, so make the most of the remaining days by filling them with the best things to do in Chicago this December.

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