This year, take a break from the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays and truly enjoy this season with some of Chicago’s many holiday festivities. From light festivals and holiday markets to Santa Clause and “Reindog” parades, Chicago offers an abundance of holiday events easily accessible from most Chicago hotels. Here is this season’s guide to some of Chicago’s best holiday attractions your family will love!
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
On Saturday, November 20, 2010, celebrate the holidays with family-friendly fun and activities including stage performances, ice-carving contests, and the lighting of one million lights along the magnificent Michigan Avenue. This year is rumored to be bigger, better, and brighter than ever, so make your Chicago hotels reservations soon for the true holiday experience.
Experience a traditional German American holiday market opening right after Thanksgiving at Daley Plaza through Christmas Eve. This holiday tradition has brought the holiday spirit to Chicago for over 15 years, and offers special German Christmas treats, music, and entertainment throughout the season. Take a stroll through the snowy Christkindlmarket and you are sure to leave filled the spirit of a true German American Christmas.
Chicago Botanic Garden December Events
If you are looking for a holiday festivity your whole family will enjoy, including your dog, the check out the Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The festivities include the Wonderland Express train exhibit, Hanukkah Dinner, Breakfast or december global holidays Supper with Santa, and Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Claus. You can also enter your pooch into the annual Reindog Parade-just make sure your Chicago hotels reservations are pet-friendly before bringing along Buddy the Basset Hound dressed like a reindeer.
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
November 18 through January 9 of the New Year, the halls of the Museum of Science and Industry will be decked for this holiday season. The museum will showcase more than 50 Christmas trees each decorated by Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their global cultures. The Holiday Stage will also feature various dance and choral groups for your entertainment. Perfect for all ages, your whole family will love strolling through the trees before heading back to your Chicago hotel rooms, especially as falling “snow” whirls all around.
Chicago is famous for its spectacular winter wonderland season and is the perfect place for a family getaway with your loved ones. With many Chicago hotels nestled closely to some of the best holiday festivities to choose from, your family will have a Christmas to remember and will look forward to their next holiday experience in Chicago.