30+ Free Holiday and Christmas Events in Chicago for Kids

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink photo courtesy of Millennium Park
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink photo courtesy of Millennium Park

Looking for free Christmas events in Chicago this season? We've got a list of over 30 fun free holiday events in Chicago for kids.

Free Christmas events in Chicago for kids and other holiday fun are everywhere this season, including long-standing annual holiday events like Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Naper Lights in the western suburbs, and the city's Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along. While all of the holiday and Christmas events in Chicago on this list are free, be aware that many still require tickets for time reservations.

Click through the the event listings for details, including times and location information, and keep an eye on our action-packed Event Calendar—there's always something new to do in the Chicago area. For more seasonal ideas, check out our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Activities.

 

Places featured in this article:


Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

The Promontory (and various other locations)

Sunset Knoll Recreation Center

Palos Heights Parks and Recreation
Snowtrekking in the Nature Sanctuary at Burnham Park
Burnham (Daniel) Park - 10:00 AM Pick
Disney On Ice Presents Frozen and Encanto
Allstate Arena - various times Pick
Free Days at the DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American Art - 10:00 AM
The Three Little Pigs
Beverly Arts Center - 10:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides