Top Holiday Activities and Christmas Events in Chicago for Kids

The Nutcracker is always one of Chicago's top holiday events. Photo by Cheryl Mann, courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet
The Nutcracker is always one of Chicago's top holiday events. Photo by Cheryl Mann, courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet

Looking for holiday activities near Chicago this holiday season 2022? We've got you covered.

The holiday season brings plenty of good cheer, impressive theater and shows, and other holiday and Christmas events near Chicago. Families can celebrate the season from all corners of the city—there are more light shows in Chicago than ever before, with the return of perennial favorites like the Morton Arboretum's Illuminations and Lincoln Park Zoo's Zoo Lights, along with the newly located Amaze Light Festival in Tinley Park. Now that we can enjoy the season indoors again, families can go back to seeing "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theater, "The Nutcracker" at the Joffrey Ballet, and "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" at the Strawdog Theater. Buy some unique gifts at the Christkindlmarkets in Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville, and enjoy Christmas around the world at the Museum of Science and Industry

To take a break from all of the iconic holiday activities and Christmas events in Chicago, don't forget to take part in one of our favorite holiday volunteering activities, or get out of town to one of the best Christmas towns in the Midwest. For more holiday and Christmas events near Chicago, check out our Chicago Holiday Fun Guide. Don't forget to follow @MommyPoppinsChicago on Facebook for daily updates on more to do around town.

Places featured in this article:


Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

The Promontory (and various other locations)

The Morton Arboretum
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