Embrace the chilly winter days with activities that will make your season sparkle. From exploring winter markets to indulging in delicious food & drinks while warming up inside, there is so much to experience and enjoy. Embark on snowy trails and visit local landmarks to add a touch of adventure to your winter plans. Don’t miss out on the exciting events scheduled for this weekend to fully appreciate the beauty of the season!
Walking in a Wrigley Christkindlmarket Wonderland
Wrigley gets winterized this season during Christkindlmarket Wrigelyville! Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as you indulge your favorite holiday treats (like the famous Glühwein) while strolling through the magical market under the shadows of Wrigley Field. Find and gift a one-of-a-kind glass-blown ornament, relish the flavors of a brat from a food stand, or bask in the delightful Christmas spirit that fills the air!
Date: Events runs through December 31
Time: Varies by day
Location: Gallagher’s Way Winter Wonderland, 3637 N Clark St
More info: christkindlmarket.com
Go Wild at ZooLights
This bright and sparkly holiday tradition has returned to Lincoln Park Zoo! Snag your tickets for a fun night out for all ages with ZooLights. Come for the classic light displays and carousel, stay for the festive themed areas and features. Enjoy some hot cocoa (or spiced wine!) to keep warm as the lights dance to the tune of the Christmas music floating through the walkways.
Date: Runs Through January 7
Time: 4:30 – 10:00PM
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St
More info: lpzoo.org
Jingle All the Way with Mariah Carey
Get ready for a spectacular celebration of the holiday season as the iconic Mariah Carey comes to Chicago on her enchanting Christmas concert tour! Join the Queen of Christmas herself as she takes the stage, delivering timeless classics and festive hits that are sure to fill your heart with joy. Experience the magic of Mariah’s voice while being wowed with dazzling holiday visuals and a festive atmosphere in the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year.
Date: December 3
Location: United Center, 1901 W Madison St
More info: ticketmaster.com
Mingle and Jingle at the Santa Baby Christmas Bar
Step into the holiday wonderland at the Santa Baby Christmas Bar, where festive magic comes to life! Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere adorned with twinkling lights, decorations, and the spirit of the season. Sip on holiday-inspired cocktails that are as delightful as they are Instagram-worthy and indulge in the joyous ambiance that surrounds you!
Date: Runs through December 30
Time: By reservation
Cost: $5 cover charge
Location: Bamboo Club, 3505 N Clark St
More info: santababybar.com
The Nutcracker Reimagined
Experience the holiday magic with Immersive Nutcracker, brought to you by the creators of Immersive Van Gogh! Prepare for “The Nutcracker” as you’ve never witnessed before. Immerse yourself in stunning visual projections, life-sized art installations, and enchanting photo opportunities, all enhanced with magical special effects. This is a festive celebration that transforms the classic Nutcracker tale into a mesmerizing visual journey!
Date: Runs through January 7
Time: Varies by day
Location: Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, 108 W Germania Pl
More info: immersive-nutcracker.com