What is the best thing about Chicago during the holidays?

What is the best thing about Chicago during the holidays?

There is no doubt that Chicago is a magical place to spend the holidays. There are a lot of interesting activities to celebrate for Christmas and New Year with your family and friends. I would like to share with you the list of places you should visit in Chicago for an unforgettable vacation.


There are more than 2.5 million lights are lighten up at Lincoln Park Zoo where you can enjoy sparkling light at the city’s zoo. Moreover, you should visit ice sculpture carving, musical light shows, and a kid-friendly Light Maze. Holiday Magic will be open every Saturday and Sunday from Dec. 26 to 31. You will need to buy tickets which range from $13.50 to $19.85. Because of a heavy traffic at this time, you should look for public transportation. The first 1,000 people through the gates each night receive special glasses to view the lights with, but everyone can enjoy nightly ice carving demonstrations and hot beverages.


People visit this largest open-air market all over the world annual year. It is worth pointing out that this outdoor market plays a vital role in any Chicagoan’s life that they state that they could not imagine the city without it. Inspired by a Nuremberg, Germany, the unique shopping experience, typical German food (sausages, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, waffles) and drinks (beer and Glühwein, a traditional hot spiced wine) are also available, along with assorted sweets.), as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a preferred and popular destination

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Chicago launches its official Christmas tree in Chicago’s iconic Millennium Park to create a magical, wintertime campus through January 6, 2018.
In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike.

Moreover, you also discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. The Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with holiday music featuring cast members from Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. Celebrating 40 years, the production runs from November 18 to December 31.

Ice skating at the Millennium Park

There is no doubt that with the twinkling tree lights and stunning skyline backdrop, the iconic ice skating rink in Millennium Park is a must-stop each winter season. Because The ice rink is in a central location downtown near great public transportation and parking,

Before the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink opens to the public, there will be a free program at 11 a.m. with performances by ice skaters from IceReach Non-profit and a grand finale by cast from Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, Crystal – A breakthrough ice experience. Admission is free, and skate rental is $12 on Monday through Thursday and $14 on Friday through Sunday and holidays. Visitors who don’t have their skates can rent a pair and a locker at the location. For sure, you and your family will get a lot of special holiday memories when you skate here.
Right above the rink is Millennium Park’s famed Cloud Gate sculpture. Snap photos of your reflection in the shiny, snow-dusted “Bean” and watch the crowds below during your winter holiday visit. If you’re in need of a warm-up, head into the Park Grill Cafe on-site for hot chocolate and other snacks.

Morton Arboretum Holiday Lights

This place is where people can enjoy the spirits as 50 acres of vibrant LED lights are hung on the Morton Arboretum’s vast treescape, creating a kaleidoscopic winter wonderland. Take a magical walk through the one-mile colorful illuminated path with integrated video and sound media plus interactive elements.
From November 17, 2017, to January 1, 2018, visitors will discover a series of experiences that encourage them to see trees in a different light as they travel a one-mile wooded path. Visitors can discover a grove of hemlock trees upon which deeply saturated colors and geometric patterns are projected and catch a glimpse of trees that appear to be gently breathing.

Additionally, visitors can hug a tree and watch it respond or enjoy a dazzling show of lights that seem to dance in the trees in time to the music. Illumination tickets range from $18 to $22 for adults and $12 to $14 for children. Taking place through January 1, 2018, Illumination opens each night at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m., with the last entry at 8:30 p.m.


Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

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