Top Chicago Christmas Events to Delight Your Family this Season

Top Chicago Christmas Events to Delight Your Family this Season

It’s that time of year again when the city of Chicago opens its arms and celebrates the holidays with visitors from around the world. The 2014 holiday season has plenty of pageantry to go around with parades, festivals, and performances of time-honored classics sure to appeal to revelers of all ages. Take a look at some of our favorite Chicago Christmas events for 2014.

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo
ZooLights Event
Photo Credit: lpzoo.org

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, November 28, and carrying on through the new year, the Lincoln Park Zoo celebrates the holidays with a luminous display of light and color that is free to zoo patrons.

The lights are visible Friday – Sunday from November 28 through December 12, and nightly thereafter until January 4 (with the exception of December 24 & 25). In addition there are a number of other festive activities:

  • Photos with Santa through December 23
  • Animal encounters
  • Musical light shows
  • Warm spiced wine and cold lager (for the adults)
  • Dinner and snacks (additional charges apply)
  • Live ice carving shows nightly
  • Free holiday craft projects
  • Rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
  • 3-D displays
  • Rides on the new Lionel Train Adventure
  • Ice skating at Lincoln Park Zoo at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
  • Holiday gift shopping

Joffrey Ballet Presents the Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s beloved Christmas tale is brought to life in grand, colorful style by the Joffrey Ballet. This one-of-a-kind interpretation, performed before a full orchestra, is sure to put patrons in the holiday spirit and have them dancing in their seats.

This limited engagement runs from December 5-28, and with tickets starting at only $33, it’s a small price to pay for a show the Chicago Sun-Times calls “Breathtaking.”

The Goodman Theater Presents “A Christmas Carol”

A Christmas tradition more than a century in the making, Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday tale is brought to life by the talented performers from the Goodman Theater. Audiences are invited to come and share Ebenezer Scrooge’s tale of loss, heartache, and ultimate redemption in this jubilant musical performance that is sure to become one of the highlights of the holiday season.

Performances run from November 15 – December 28 in the Albert, with ticket prices ranging from $22 – $96, depending upon the performance selected.

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Our season is over for the year, but we still have our fingers on the pulse of Chicago. Check back often for updates on activities and events around the Windy City throughout the holidays and into the new year. We look forward to sharing our Chicago with you!