Where to See the Best Holiday and Christmas Lights in Chicago

Amaze Light Festival puts on a Christmas lights display near Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Amaze Light Festival in Rosemont
Amaze Light Festival puts on a Christmas lights display near Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Amaze Light Festival in Rosemont

Our city turns up the shine during the holidays, with Christmas lights in Chicago blazing from the lakeshore to the far suburbs. Every neighborhood has homes and buildings that go all out, but there are also holiday and Christmas lights in Chicago worth traveling for, from walk-through spectacles at zoos and gardens to massive drive-through displays, and even holiday lights you can appreciate indoors. Bundle up the kids and head out to one of these holiday and Christmas lights displays in Chicago before they wink out for the season!

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Lottie's Tentflix & Chilll
Lottie's - 5:30 PM Pick
Free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art - 10:00 AM
Gogh Skating
Maggie Daley Park - 11:00 AM
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink - various times
Neighborhood Guides
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