43 Must-Do Christmas Events and Holiday Activities in Chicago for Kids

Winterland  photo courtesy of  Gallagher Way
Winterland photo courtesy of Gallagher Way
11/5/23 - By Maureen Wilkey

Looking for holiday activities near Chicago this holiday season 2023? 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. Now that we can enjoy the season indoors again, families can go back to seeing Christmas events like "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

The Morton Arboretum
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