Enjoy winter with new experiences to make your season bright! From cultural opportunities through food and festivals, to adventures in the arts, to exploring new areas and shops, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love!
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... come for the classic light displays and carousel, stay for the new themed areas and features. Snag 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 1
Time: 4:30 – 10:00PM
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St
More info: lpzoo.org
Ice Skate in Milennium Park
There’s no better background for an ice rink than the Chicago skyline. Lace up your skates (available for rent or bring your own) and hit the ice at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Milennium Park. Reserve your free ticket online for 90 minutes of skating bliss. Don’t forget to grab some winter snacks and drinks to watch the skaters while you wait!
Date: Runs Through March 5
Time: Varies by Date
Location: Milennium Park, 201 E Randolph St
More info: chicago.gov
Let It Go with Elsa & Anna
The kids in your life will love the Character Storytime with Frozen’s Anna and Elsa at the Time Out Market this weekend. The characters will read a story to your crew and then stick around afterwards to meet the audience and take photos. Grab some yummy food from one of the 18 different eateries to share once everyone is done belting “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
Date: Saturday December 3
Time: 10:00 – 11:00AM
Location: Time Out Market, 916 W Fulton Market
More info: timeoutmarket.com
Too Hot to Handel
Enjoy a night out with Handel’s Messiah like you’ve never heard it before! A chorus of Chicagoans are accompanied by an amazing orchestra and jazz combo, featuring three gifted soloists to let this classic piece ring through the rafters with zip and energy. This is the first time this concert is being performed during the holiday season, so make sure to add it to your holiday season bucket list.
Date: December 3-4
Time: Sat 7:30PM; Sun 3:00PM
Location: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress Pkwy
More info: auditoriumtheatre.org
Don’t Miss the Immersive Nutcracker!
From the producers of Immersive Van Gogh, check out Immersive Nutcracker to celebrate the holidays this year. This is The Nutcracker like you’ve never seen it before. Check out breath-taking visual projections, life size art installations and photo ops, and magical special effects along the way!
Date: Runs Through December 31
Time: Varies by day
Location: Lighthouse Artspace Chicago, 108 W Germania Pl
More info: immersive-nutcracker.com