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Prepping for the Holiday’s
Happy Wednesday friends! Have you put up your holiday decorations yet, and/or your tree? We are supremely ahead of the game this year! Since the weather has been so mild, we put up all of our lights, our tree and our decor over the past 2 weeks. It definitely helps to put me in a more festive spirit.
However, now the temps are dropping, hibernating and doing a whole lot of online shopping sounds pretty damn good! But there are just to many fun things to get out of the house and enjoy. And even though Chicago can be tough in the winter, during the holiday’s I feel incredibly fortunate to live here. There are just so many things to do in Chicago in December!
What To Do in Chicago in December
- ZooLights – Head to the Lincoln Park Zoo to see the lights (and maybe a few animals) at this annual winter tradition. 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.
- Christkindlmarket – Chicago’s largest open-air market is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. This market features iconic German items like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and beer steins, as well as hand-blown ornaments and wooden handicrafts. Authentic German food (sausages, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, waffles) and drink (beer and Glühwein, a traditional hot spiced wine) are also available, along with assorted sweets.
- The Nutcracker – This was a childhood tradition in my family. Having retired cofounder Robert Joffrey’s production of The Nutcracker after nearly 30 years, the Joffrey Ballet debuted a new version in 2016 by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, set in Chicago against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair.
- Winter WonderFest – Navy Pier’s annual indoor winter carnival returns with activities that include a toboggan tunnel, winter mini golf and a 15-foot “snow tubing” hill. Returning attractions include the Blackhawks ice-skating rink and various carnival rides. Bring your family for a nice and toasty winter wonderland.
- Morton Arboretum Holiday Lights – Adults and children of all ages alike will become kindred 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.
- Ice Skating in Millennium Park – The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is open to the public for skating with one of the best views of the downtown skyline. Check the website for daily hours of operation. Admission is free with free skating lessons Friday through Sunday one hour before the rink opens.
- The Great Tree at Macy’s Walnut Room – You already know how much we love visiting Macy’s during the holidays. You will have to wait quite a while to get a table next to the tree in the Walnut Room. But the 45-foot-tall tree sparkles with 3,000 ornaments and 6,000 LED lights and is also viewable from the eighth floor of the department store.
What are your favorite things to do in Chicago in December? Anything you would add?