See trees in a different light at a reimagined Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the Morton Arboretum
See trees in a different light at a reimagined Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the Morton Arboretum

Best Holiday and Christmas Lights in Chicago for Families

Chicago turns up the shine during the holidays, with Christmas lights blazing from the lakeshore to the far suburbs. Every neighborhood has homes and buildings that go all out, but there are also holiday lights 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 lights displays before they wink out for the season!

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do. 

Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion - 6:30 PM Pick
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 9:00 PM Pick
Night Skies in the Observatory at Home
The Franklin Institute - various times Pick
Chicago Ducky Derby
- various times Pick
Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
Germania Club Building - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides