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Christkindlmarket Chicago


Dates: November 17 through December 24, 2017 

Location: Daley Plaza

From November 17 to December 24, head to Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza to enjoy Chicago’s best seasonal marketplace and experience a traditional German Christmas inspired by the world-famous Nuremberg Christmas market (dating back to 1545!).

Christkindlmarket is a popular holiday event happening every year near Hotel Blake. At Christkindlmarket visitors can enjoy fabulous holiday shopping featuring seasonal items, food, drinks and entertainment all in one place. Christkindlmarket also features a stunning backdrop of the Windy City skyline during wintertime, a charming Old World “village” atmosphere, and much more only a few steps from here.

Christkindlmarket is a very unique Chicago event because it embodies the spirit of the holiday season as celebrated in the days of old, while taking place amid the Downtown Chicago skyscrapers. In the middle of our contemporary city center, you’ll be able to enjoy a charming open-air “village” that is set up specially to offer an Old World holiday experience. Red- and white-crested wooden huts glow with warmth and overflow with little shopping booths – all surrounding Chicago’s iconic Picasso sculpture. Twinkling tree lights and festive music add to the magic of Christkindlmarket. Admission to Christkindlmarket is free, making it the perfect holiday event to enjoy with family and friends.

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo


Dates: November 24-26, December 1-3, 8-23, 26-31; January 1-7, 2018

Location: Lincoln Park Zoo. 2001 North Clark Street. Chicago, IL 60614

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the most fun holiday events in Chicago and is free to attend. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is a family-friendly holiday celebration that features festive light displays and fun holiday activities throughout the Zoo grounds. This beautiful display of lights is a must see in the Windy City during the holiday season. While enjoying the ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, you can also partake in several holiday activities, go ice skating, watch live ice sculpture carvings, and try delicious seasonal food and drinks. Come stay at Hotel Blake and visit the ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo this holiday season.

Christmas Around the World


Date: Now until January 7, 2018

Location: Museum of Science and Industry | Hyde Park

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind holiday-themed Chicago event when you attend Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago. This traditional holiday event began in 1942 with a single tree dedicated to the Allies of World War II. Today, the Chicago Museum’s 45-foot grand tree displayed as part of Christmas Around the World takes center stage in the Museum’s rotunda, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees.

The gorgeous trees at Christmas Around the World are decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. As you stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the special performances on the Holiday Stage.

New Year's Fireworks at Navy Pier


Date: December 31, 2017

Location: Navy Pier - 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Navy Pier is the destination of choice for many Chicago visitors and locals who want to see the New Year in with a bang. If you’re trying to decide what to do in Chicago this New Year's Eve, consider spending the evening at Navy Pier and celebrating the arrival of 2018 with great company and a spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show.

New Year’s Eve is, perhaps, the ultimate excuse for launching colorful fireworks into the air over the Lake, as many people find the display a perfect visual symbol of the energy (and beauty) they want to encounter in the upcoming year.