Few sights jumpstart feelings of holiday cheer quite like sparkling Christmas lights—and lucky for us, the Chicago area has plenty of stunning options to choose from. Here in the city, take a stroll down Michigan Avenue or visit Lincoln Park Zoo's famed ZooLights installation, which is free on Mondays and features a glowing Ferris wheel this year. You'll also find impressive lights downtown at the City of Chicago Christmas tree at Millennium Park, which is lit during an annual ceremony that's happening November 18 this year.
Where are Christmas lights in the Chicago suburbs?
Looking for even more festive displays? If you’re willing to drive, suburban installations fill some of the area’s most beautiful parks and gardens with miles upon miles of elaborate light designs. You can also check out brand new exhibits, like an expansive option in Rosemont complete with tubing and train rides, or a revamped winter festival that's headed to Tinley Park. There are even a few drive-through light shows if you prefer to stay in your car. Discover some of the best things to do during Christmas in Chicago this year with our guide to the area's most beautiful holiday lights.
RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Christmas in Chicago
Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Chicago newsletter to get the latest updates on cool stuff happening across the city.