Top 8 Events to Get You in the Holiday Spirit in Chicago

What could be better than partaking in some Chicago holiday events and shopping from local vendors to get in the holiday spirit?

The following holiday events have the best options for both! Check out these upcoming Chicago holiday events that will take place over the next few months. Get into the holiday spirit by bringing your friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers!

Top 8 Chicago Holiday Events

1. 110th Annual Millennium Park Christmas Tree

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The 109th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree in Millennium Park

The tree was officially lit on November 17th near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street, and it remains lit until January 7. Come out and take part in this fantastic Chicago holiday event! 

Date: November 17th
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2. “Christmas Around the World” and “Holidays of Light” 

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“Christmas Around The World” and “Holidays of Light” by the Museum of Science and Industry

The tradition at the Museum of Science and Industry began in 1942 with a single tree. There are currently more than 50 trees and exhibits to show the many holiday customs from around the world. Find out more about the various Christmas traditions around the world.

Dates: November 18th – January 7th
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3. Lincoln Park Zoo Lights 

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights in Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights in Chicago, IL

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ provides the exceptional opportunity to visit Lincoln Park Zoo at night, which is not frequently possible. Tickets must be purchased. FREE every Monday! Tuesdays to Sundays: $7-$10

Dates: November 17th – January 7th
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4. Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville

Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville Christmas Market
Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville

Enjoy some hot cocoa while shopping for one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations, clothes, food, and more at this outdoor market on Gallagher Way adjacent to Wrigley Field. Bring the family along to experience this fun outdoor market.

Dates: November 17th – December 31st
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5. Southport Holiday Stroll & Cocktail Crawl 

Caroling with the Southport Holiday Stroll & Cocktail Crawl
Southport Holiday Stroll & Cocktail Crawl

The Southport Holiday Stroll is a well-known West Lakeview tradition that is free to attend and features special offers from neighborhood businesses, carol singers, Santa photographs, holiday refreshments, and more! For further information, see the website of the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.

Date: December 1st

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6. Botanical Garden Lightscape 

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Chicago Botanical Garden Lightscape

From radiant first-time installations to beloved classics like the Winter Cathedral, This years reimagined trail takes the fifth annual holiday celebration to the next level. Ticket purchase required.

Date: November 10th – January 7th
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7. The Holly Jolly Holiday Market

The Holly Jolly Holiday Event Market
The Holly Jolly Holiday Market by the North Center Neighbors Association

The North Center Neighbors Association has always been about preserving a vibrant community for living, learning, working and playing. With that in mind, we’re once again creating a wonderful outdoor event during the holiday season. It’s a great opportunity to bring neighbors together while shopping, eating, drinking and enjoying music in our very own North Center Town Square, from 12 – 6pm.

Date: December 9th

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8. The Chicago Art Girls

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Chicago Art Girls

Over 40 women artists and artisan food vendors will have handmade artwork ranging from clothing to mixed media to glass to jewelry – and much more! From 11am – 5pm.

Date: December 16th & 17th

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Don’t Forget Your Christmas Decorations!

The holiday season will be here before you know it! Avoid getting swept up in the flurry of it all. The holiday season can be very busy, as we are all aware. Have your Christmas lights installed by the experts at Shine of Chicago North!

The design, installation, maintenance, and storage after the holiday season will be handled by our team of experienced professionals. Avoid installing your own Christmas lights at the risk of hurting yourself or damaging your house. Shine is fully insured, and prepared to make your vision become a reality. With holiday lighting done by Shine of Chicago North, your house will be the envy of all your neighbors. After sharing these family traditions around the city during the day, come home and bask in the spirit of your holiday lights.


Call us at 773-610-4530 or visit us online to get started!




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