The "Wonderlawn" features "dancing" displays set to holiday songs. courtesy of the Lincoln Park Zoo
The "Wonderlawn" features "dancing" displays set to holiday songs. courtesy of the Lincoln Park Zoo

Free Holiday Events for Chicago Kids

Free holiday fun for kids is around every corner in Chicago this season, including long-standing annual favorites like Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Naper Lights in the western suburbs, and the city's annual tree lighting ceremony. While most of these events are taking place in drive-thru, time-reserved, or online formats this year, there is still plenty of holiday spirit blowing around the Windy City throughout November and December.

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.

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.


Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Downtown Naperville
120 Water Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Promenade Bolingbrook
631 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

Adams Park
Main Street and Wesley Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505

900 N Michigan Shops
900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Naperville Riverwalk
400 S. Eagle Street
Naperville , IL 60540

Daley Plaza
50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

401 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Downtown Glen Ellyn
Main Street at Crescent Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Downtown Downers Grove
933 Curtiss Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Wilder Park
175 S. Prospect
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Rugaard Gazebo
South Ardmore Avenue and East Central Boulevard
Villa Park, IL 60181

Wilder Mansion
211 S. Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst , IL 60126

Sunset Knoll Recreation Center
820 S. Finley Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Spring Road Gazebo
483 Spring Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Burr Ridge Village Center
701 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Lombard Common
433 E St Charles Rd.
Lombard, IL 60148

Wilder Park
175 S. Prospect
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
Tree Lighting at Wilder Park
Wilder Park - 6:00 PM Pick
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 7:00 PM Pick
A Christmas Carol: An Audio Play
The Goodman Theatre - various times Pick
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