If you are lucky enough to be visiting the city of Chicago this holiday season, there are no shortage of free and festive activities. In fact, if you do your homework, you will surely uncover a menagerie of magical fun-filled events in and around the Chicagoland area through the end of the year.
The Daley Plaza is an outdoor urban courtyard that pays tribute to the holidays with a sparkling colossal Christmas tree at its center. Guests can also pay a visit to Santa’s house and the elves workshop, all for free! Daley Plaza holiday events take place from November 24th to December 24th.
Christmas Caroling at Millennium Park
If its Christmas carols you crave, then stop by beautiful Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue. Good old fashioned Christmas carols will be sung every Friday from November 26th to December 17th at the park’s Cloud Gate area.
Holiday Walk in Forest Park
Forest Park is a great little suburb to celebrate the holidays. Shop lined streets are home to delightful live window exhibits, while guests can also enjoy carriage rides, face painting, s’mores, carolers and a visit from Santa Claus himself. The Forest Park Holiday Walk is a free event and takes place on December 3rd 2010.
Roscoe Village Winterfest
On December 4th and 5th, kick off your Christmas shopping in this eclectic village, while taking in a tree lighting ceremony, kid’s crafts, carolers, trolley rides and more. Roscoe Village is located at Roscoe and Damen Streets in downtown Chicago.
From November 26th to January 2nd the Lincoln Park Zoo is host to Zoolights. Two million twinkling lights create a spectacular holiday scene including ice sculptures, crafts, carolers and more.
Geneva’s Christmas Walk
On December 3rd and 4th, the enchanting town of Geneva presents Santa Claus, carolers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, shopping, dining and Swedish cookies for dessert.
Do not leave the city without an outdoor excursion to the exquisite Christkindlmarket located in Daley Plaza. Embrace German customs while browsing booths from all over the world selling ornaments, cuckoo clocks, wood carvings, textiles and so much more. And don’t forget to sample delicious German fare like bratwurst, potato pancakes, German chocolate cake and cold brews. The Christkindlmarket is open from November 24th to December 24th.