What's Hot - This month's best Chicago family fun events and activities

We've picked out some of the best family fun taking place this month around Chicago. hBookmark this page to keep up with the hottest Chicago family happenings! Sign up for our monthly newsletter to get information as soon as it's available.

Find things to do with kids in Chicago. Following are highlights of activities going on in the coming days and weeks. Visit our Calendar of Events to see full listings of daily events.


Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park
12/4/2021 to 1/2/2022
Lilacia Park

Enjoy Lombard Park District’s annual holiday lights display in Lilacia Park! Charming holiday displays illuminate the park from 4:30 – 10:00 pm each night with magical light shows, tree decorations, a gingerbread house and so much more! New this year, visitors are encouraged to bring a new...



Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival
12/4/2021 to 12/4/2021
Cantigny Park

Families and children of all ages are invited to Cantigny Park to “Celebrate the Season.” The park will be decorated for the holidays, and Santa will be available for photos. Mrs. Claus will be handing out a small takeaway (while supplies last). A strolling snowman and reindeer will add to the...



Santa and Aunt Holly Are Coming to Town
12/4/2021 to 12/5/2021
Driehaus Museum

After a year of Zoom meetings from the North Pole, Santa is dusting off his red suit, trimming his beard, and tuning up his sleigh for his non-stop journey to the Driehaus Museum. Tell Santa if you’ve been naughty or nice and take a family selfie with the bearded man himself. Afterwards, join...



The Tricky Max Comedy Magic Show
12/11/2021 to 12/11/2021
North Riverside Park Mall

The Tricky Max Comedy Magic Show is action-packed, upbeat and filled with laughs and surprises! It’s a fun-and-funny, highly interactive FAMILY event, an ideal blend of amazing magic, charming puppetry, and rib-tickling comedy. Tricky Max guarantees that all the children (and their parents...



Princess Holiday High Tea
12/18/2021 to 12/18/2021
Club Arcada

Experience a holiday themed event fun for adults and kids alike! You will be served an assortment of fresh fruits, savory pastries, and delicate finger sandwiches along with your choice of seasonal hot or cold teas, lemonade, and hot chocolate. Add an additional glass of champagne or...



Storytime & Art with Lori Orlinsky
12/27/2021 to 12/27/2021
Bubbles Academy at 900 N Michigan Shops

Join us for storytime with children’s author Lori Orlinsky, featuring her book Being Small. Following the story, head on over to the art classroom for a kindness art project!

Ages 2-6

Masks required for everyone over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status



Bubble Bash New Year's Eve
12/31/2021 to 12/31/2021
DuPage Children's Museum

Join us for Bubble Bash – A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve! Spend time together creating lasting memories, taking part in special activities, grooving to good music, exploring the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, and counting down with confetti, bubbles, and more! This annual year-end celebration...