Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza in Chicago, photo courtesy of christkindlmarket.com
Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza in Chicago, photo courtesy of christkindlmarket.com

Top Holiday and Christmas Events in Chicago for Kids and Families

The holiday season in Chicago brings plenty of good cheer, impressive theater and shows, and other holiday and Christmas events for families. 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 newcomers like Let it Shine (running in three suburban locations this year) and Willow Hill's Winter Magic. 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 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 activities and ideas, check out our Chicago Holiday Fun Guide. Don't forget to follow @MommyPoppinsChicago on Facebook for daily updates on more to do around town.

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The Morton Arboretum
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
Beverly Arts Center - 10:30 AM Pick
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
Stahl Family Theatre - 10:30 AM Pick
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