12 Chicago Holiday Events Kids Will Love
Come November, Chicagoland is transformed into a web of twinkly lights and festive markets. Holiday lovers across the country flock to Chicagoland to experience a truly immersive holiday. Though some events focus specifically on Christmas, many events simply emphasize community and the beauty that the winter brings.
For families especially, the entire Chicagoland area becomes a playground in which to make memories and capture stunning photos. These events will take you through lighted forests, heartwarming plays, and even to the zoo. Explore Chicagoland during the holidays by way of these 12 Christmas events both downtown and in the greater Chicago area.
November 29, 2019
This holiday spectacular has been an Elk Grove Village favorite since 1998. Head to this neighboring town for a special performance of the Ides of March, followed by the tree lighting and refreshments.
Photos with Santa
November 7, 2019, - Ongoing
Woodfield Mall, the largest mall in the Chicago metropolitan area, kicks off it's holiday season with Santa's Arrival, a spirited processional through the mall. After taking a photo with Santa, you can puruse the 234 stores and restaurants and see for yourself why this mall attracts more than 27 million visitors per year.
November 30 - December 31, 2019
More than just a zoo lights, the Brookfield Zoo takes the holiday season to new heights. Visit on select dates throughout the season for nightly attractions like the Holly Jolly Theater and a 41-foot talking tree.
Brunch with The Grinch
December 7, 2019
Dine alongside the Grinch himself at Cantigny's annual Brunch with the Grinch. Come for brunch, watch The Grinch movie, then smile wide for a photo with this popular Christmas villain.
December 7, 2019
'Tis the season for celebrating with the entire party. Cantigny Park transforms for the Holiday Festival, offering carriage rides, face painting, and even storytime with Mrs. Claus.
Brunch with Santa
December 22, 2019
Celebrate the season with community events right up until Christmas itself. Cantigny Park is once again hosting their annual Brunch with Santa, featuring a full spread, face painting, and photos with the man himself.
Holidays in Downtown
Venture a little farther from Eaglewood Resort and you'll discover endless enchanting Christmas experiences. From the bedazzled Magnificent Mile to holidays at the zoo, you won't be missing out on holiday cheer. Hop in the car and drive to downtown or take the Metra train.
Stop by our front desk for directions to any of these events.
November 15 - December 31, 2019
You'll have not one but two chances to visit this holiday market. Shop Daley Plaza Nov. 15 - Dec. 24 or the Wrigleyville pop-up Nov. 22 - Dec. 31.
November 22 - 23, 2019
The Magnificent Mile lights up to kick off the holiday season. Watch the parade culminate in the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the heart of the shopping district.
November 23-24, 2019
Randolph Street transforms for this annual market. They usher in the holidays on the third weekend of November with early holiday shopping.
Nov. 23, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Arboretum by day, light-up wonderland by night. During the holiday season, The Morton Arboretum invites guests to walk a one-mile lighted path.
Nov. 29, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Say hello to all your favorite animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo plus a healthy dose of holiday cheer. See hundreds of lighted displays and festive activities.