The winter holidays have always been my favorite time of the year. You get to spend time with family, take time off from school, go shopping, eat lots of yummy food, and just relax. Since moving to Chicago this feeling has only grown. Chicago during Christmas is just incredible and so so so beautiful. Between all of the trees decorated in lights and ornaments on Michigan Avenue and the classic Christkindlmarkt at Daley Plaza, Christmas time is definitely the best time here in the Windy City. So this week I am going to share with the best holiday activities to do in Chicago during the winter season!!!
This year was my first year going and while it was definitely crowded and I would recommend going during the week rather than the weekend, it was so much fun! Seeing all of the vendors selling their incredible ornaments or special German food I loved this experience. I got the classic hot cocoa in the little mug as well as some out of this world apple cider donuts. It was so worth every penny and bracing the cold for a couple hours down here.
Shopping on the Magnificent Mile has always been one of my favorite parts of Chicago but especially during the winter. Yes the stores are all a lot more packed with people, but it just makes me so happy. Even if you just choose to walk down this gorgeous street and not purchase a thing it is one of the highlights (literally) with all of the lights and decorations on the street. It is truly beautiful, especially at night.
Ice skating at Millennium Park
This is such a traditional winter activity and so much fun to do in the city!!! While ice skating may not be the easiest thing for a lot of people this is such a fun experience to have with the whole family or a group of friends. I guarantee you will get lots of laughs out of this one. And the best part!! It’s free and completely open to the public!
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
I went to this last year and it was super awesome! A parade to kick of the holidays and light up Michigan Ave for the first time each year. There’s fun music and awesome special guests each year! A great event for the whole family.
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
These lights are seriously so well done. It’s so pretty and a great low key activity to get away from all the hustle and bustle. It’s a beautiful setting in the zoo and so aesthetically pleasing. It goes from November 28th-January 4th each year!
Merry almost Christmas everyone!! I hope you get a chance to visit Chicago during the winter because it really is just breathtaking and has so many fun things to do for everyone of all ages!!