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Christmas in the city. There’s something special about it. Lights adorn every corner and merriment fills the air. Each winter, Chicago hosts a number of longstanding traditions for visitors and locals alike. So, if you’re looking to feel the Christmas spirit: We’ve got you covered. Scroll below for our “holiday bucket list,” if you will.

 

Top 10 things to do for Christmastime in Chicago…

 

Christkindlmarket

One of Chicago’s premier winter events, Christkindlmarket is a traditional German holiday market held at Daley Plaza.

Holiday tea

Indulge in formal tea, served extra special for the holidays at luxury locations like The Drake and The Peninsula.

Catch a live performance

Now’s the time to see a seasonal live performance, like The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol.

Macy’s Christmas windows

For some of us, it will always be Marshall Field’s — but stop by to see the festive window displays at Macy’s State Street.

ZooLights

Each December, Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland full of colorful lights that are free for all to enjoy.

Wrigley Building

Stroll along Michigan Avenue and pause at the Wrigley Building to marvel at the grand Christmas tree and decor.

CTA holiday train

Whether you plan ahead to ride the decked-out train, or you catch it by chance: riding the holiday CTA is $2.25 fare well spent.

Watch a classic flick

A handful of Chicago theaters screen Christmas classic, like Home Alone, at ArcLight Cinema and Regal Webster Place.

Ice skating

Grab some skates and hit the ice one of Chicago’s many ice rinks, like at Millennium Park or Maggie Daley Park.

Walnut Room

A Chicago tradition since 1907, The Walnut Room at Macy’s is a festive destination for visitors and locals alike.

 

What’s your favorite holiday tradition in Chicago?

 

 

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