Holidays

Our calendar is filled with family-friendly Christmas and Holiday events and activities taking place all around Chicago. Create your bucket list of holiday events, then gather up your family and celebrate the season.
November 11 - January 08
Age: All ages
Lightscape
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Our acclaimed holiday event returns, with a new path and new light-filled installations created...  See more
November 16 - January 04
Age: All ages
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry
57th St. and Lake Shore Dr. , Chicago
Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with...  See more
November 18 - December 24
Age: All ages
Santa at Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont
Fashion Outlets of Chicago invites visitors to experience the magic of the holiday season with a...  See more
November 18 - December 24
Age: All ages
Christkindlmarket Chicago
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington , Chicago
The Christkindlmarket Chicago is the most authentic traditional holiday market of its kind...  See more
November 18 - December 31
Age: All ages
Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville
Gallagher Way
3635 N. Clark St., Chicago
The Christkindlmarket Chicago is the most authentic traditional holiday market of its kind...  See more
November 18 - January 08
Age: All ages
Winterland
Gallagher Way
3635 N. Clark St., Chicago
Gallagher Way is excited to announce the return of Winterland and, for the first time since...  See more
November 18 - January 08
Age: All ages
Amaze Light Festival
Odyssey Fun World
19111 Oak Park Ave, Chicago
Don’t miss the chance to explore this holiday season at the AMAZE Light Festival in Chicago...  See more
November 18 - January 01
Age: All ages
Sparkle Light Festival
Rosemont Impact Field
9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont
Sparkle Light Festival is the premier holiday light festival in Chicagoland and will come alive...  See more
November 19 - December 31
Age: All ages
The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle
Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago
108 W. Germania Place, Chicago
Immersive Nutcracker is an ideal family outing, featuring whimsical animated characters...  See more
November 19 - January 07
Age: All ages
Illumination: Tree Lights
Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
From Nov. 19 through Jan. 7, 2023, guests will explore 18 different features along a tree-lined...  See more
November 19 - January 01
Age: All ages
Willow Hills Winter Magic
Willow Hill
1350 Willow Rd., Northbrook
Willow Hill Lights is a drive-thru Holiday lights event at Willow Hill Golf Course in Chicago’s...  See more
November 19 - January 01
Age: All ages
ZooLights
Lincoln Park Zoo
2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most wonderful event of the year! Celebrate the...  See more
November 19 - December 10
Age: All ages
Heart of the Holidays
The Lot
523 Central Ave, Highland Park
The City of Highland Park is pleased to once again present the Heart of the Holidays...  See more
November 25 - January 02
Age: All ages
Light Up the Lake
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Chicagoland’s largest indoor lights experience is back at Navy Pier for the holiday season. From...  See more
November 25 - December 31
Age: All ages
Holiday Magic
Brookfield Zoo
First Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield
Select dates November 25-December 31. The Zoo's West Mall will be aglow with a "Sea of Lights,"...  See more
November 25 - December 29
Age: All ages
Kohlights
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago
2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
Select dates November 25 - December 29.. It’s more than just a walk through the festive holiday...  See more
November 25 - December 30
Age: All ages
Festival of Lights
Cosley Zoo
1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton
A winter visit to Cosley Zoo has become a favorite family tradition. Cosley Zoo is transformed...  See more
November 26
Age: Ages 3 and up
Annual Gingerbread House Workshop
The Paintbrush
2446 N. Clark, Chicago
Family workshop for kids and their parents. We provide everything you need to build and decorate...  See more
December 02
Age: All Ages
Holiday Carols and Crafts
FAME Center
1319 S State St., Chicago
Join us for an evening of holiday carols and crafts! This event is open to all ages, with fun...  See more
December 03
Age: All ages
Winterfest and Cookie Walk
Downtown Oak Park
Marion Street between Lake Street & North Boulevard, Oak Park
Downtown Oak Park's annual Winterfest + Cookie Walk returns to Marion Street on December 3rd...  See more
December 03
Age: All Ages
Green is for Christmas with Esteban, the Green Crayon
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm Street, Winnetka
Stop by Winnetka’s beloved indie store, The Book Stall (811 Elm Street), on Saturday, December 3...  See more
December 03 - December 10
Age: All ages
Holdiay Highlight Performance
The Tempel Lipizzans
17000 Wadsworth Road, Old Mill Creek
December 3 and 10. Welcome to our festive facility where we will perform four segments of our...  See more
December 03
Age: All ages
Santa Hustle Chicago 5K & Kids Dash
Soldier Field
1410 Special Olympic Dr, Chicago
Let’s get comfy and cozy this Christmas season. Picture yourself near a fire and hot chocolate...  See more
December 03
Age: All ages
Hyde Park Holly-Day
Harper Court
5235 S. Harper Court, Chicago
Hyde Park Holly-Day is back for 2022! Presented by the University of Chicago in partnership with...  See more
December 17
Age: All ages
Home for the Holidays
Downtown Oak Park
Lake Street & Marion Street, Oak Park
Experience the holiday spirit and winter magic at Downtown Oak Park’s Home for the Holidays! On...  See more