Winter in Chicago is a time of magic and wonder and as Christmas draws near, the Windy City offers an array of exciting events and activities that capture the spirit of the holidays. From dazzling light displays to thrilling outdoor adventures, Chicago has something for everyone during the winter season.
- One of the most iconic winter attractions in Chicago is the Maggie Daley Ice Skating Rink. My friend and I went ice skating here during fall break and had a really great time!
- The Christkindlmarket is a traditional German Christmas market that brings a touch of Old World charm to the city. The market offers a delightful array of wooden stalls adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations. Visitors can explore a treasure trove of handcrafted ornaments, wooden toys, nutcrackers, and traditional German goods. Enjoy exploring the market with a cup of Hot Chocolate or Glühwein (mulled wine) on a chilly winter evening.
- Chicago’s Navy Pier also becomes a hub of winter excitement during the holiday season. The Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier features indoor ice skating, towering Christmas trees, carnival rides, and holiday-themed entertainment. Families and friends gather to enjoy the enchanting activities and create cherished memories.
- Chicago’s theatrical scene shines bright during the holidays with classic performances like “The Nutcracker” or other holiday-themed shows across various theaters in the city.