To see one of the largest displays of holiday lights within city limits, head to Lincoln Park Zoo, where the annual ZooLights display strings up millions of LED bulbs (though sadly, you probably won't see any animals). New features this season include a light show on the South Lawn and a 18-foot holiday tree outside the newly-renovated Pepper Family Wildlife Center, where red pandas and snow leopards can be found. Guests will also be able to enjoy hot beverages and snacks at stands throughout the park. FYI: Just like last year, a $5 admission fee will be charged throughout most of the week—free admission tickets will be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Even if you've got a bad case of the bah-humbugs, it's hard not to feel a bit of seasonal cheer when the city gets festooned with millions of twinkling bulbs as part of Chicago's best holiday light displays. Throughout December—and usually around half of November, too—you'll find indoor, outdoor and drive-through set-ups full of sparkling strings of lights, whether at Lincoln Park Zoo's famous ZooLights display or at various Christmas events in Chicago. And if you're searching for free things to do in Chicago, note that several of these displays are completely cost-free (though you might find your neighbors have some pretty cool DIY set-ups, in the event you're looking for something a little closer to home). Get a hefty dose of holiday spirit at these gorgeous displays of Christmas lights in Chicago.
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