December Events in Chicagoland for the Holidays

Few of us really have time to relax these days (and in this economy) but if you can take time out to enjoy the splendor of Chicago fully decorated this holiday season here are some activity suggestions for the four weekends this month. These are family friendly options for the holidays. If you plan on coming downtown to Chicago from the suburbs plan extra time for traffic on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and plan on spending time looking for parking except at Navy Pier, which has a parking garage attached. 

Ice Skating in Millennium Park– You can skate for free next to Chicago’s beautiful skyline and see the famous Bean. This outdoor skating rink is open daily through March. Skate rentals are available. Also, Park Grill is located behind the rink and is the perfect place for dinner after all that exercise. 

Christkindlmarket Chicago Daley Plaza– The Christkindlmarket includes all kinds of European arts and crafts, as well as brats, spiced wine and other German specialties. The Christkindlmarket is open daily through December 24 at Chicago’s Daley Plaza. 

CTA Holiday EL Train– The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is going to be running it’s annual Holiday Train completely decorated as usual. Santa and his elves walk through the train cars passing out candy canes. According to the CTA: Interiors of the cars will be decked out with thousands of multi-colored lights, red bows, garland, and red and green overhead lighting. The Holiday Train will travel all CTA rail lines in November and December.  

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier – Navy Pier’s winter festival that include a castle, ice skating, and holiday entertainment. The bonus to Navy Pier is that there are a lot of things to do there and the parking is attached to the building so you won’t freeze walking blocks from your car. Check out the stained-glass museum and the Chicago shops also while your there. 

Lincoln Park Zoo ZooLights– The Lincoln Park Zoo has the annual holiday ZooLights again this year. The zoo has decorated the grounds and trees with multi-colored lights and animal figures. This is open on Thanksgiving weekend and will go through January. 

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