Best of December: Top Things To Do in Chicago with Kids

Photo courtesy of Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza
Photo courtesy of Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza

The holidays are here, and December 2022 brings the return of indoor holiday events, concerts, and shows. Enjoy some Chicago favorite sing-along traditions in Millennium Park and at the Music Box Theater, bringing cheer to the holiday season as carolers sing among the beautifully decorated park or along with their favorite films. Live performances, including perennial favorites like the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker and the Goodman Theater's A Christmas Carol are joined by the adorable visiting Bluey's Big Play. Celebrate the holidays in another culture with events at the Irish American Cultural Center, Swedish American Museum, or DANK Haus

Santas are ready for kids to return to their sets for Santa pictures at malls across the city and suburbs. There are at least 20 places to go see The Nutcracker in the city or within an hour drive. And opening this month are plenty of outdoor skating rinks to glide across. But don't forget, your Elf on the Shelf is watching!

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Places featured in this article:


The Promontory (and various other locations)

Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago

Drury Lane Theater and Conference Center

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club

Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Elmhurst Art Museum Mini Art Show
Elmhurst Art Museum - various times Pick
Free Days at the Field Museum
Field Museum - 9:00 AM
Free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art - 10:00 AM
Community Playgroup
Irish American Heritage Center - 10:00 AM
Rewired Pizza Cafe Family Fun Night
Rewired Pizza Cafe - 4:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides