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10 Activities You Need to Do When you’re In Chicago this Festive Season

Chicago is an amazing holiday destination and among one of the most visited cities in America. The city boasts of having a beautiful environment, sights to behold and with this festive season around the corner, Chicago is packed with fun-filled activities to engage in. From the chirping birds, twinkling Christmas lights to the exciting activities for kids and adults, you can make great lifetime memories in the city. Read on to discover the 10 activities you need to do or try when you are in Chicago this festive season.

Explore Chicago’s Holiday Events

Chicago, also known as the Windy City, heats up with fun when temperatures drop. It’s the perfect time to grab your winter gear and get out for fun. There are many exciting holiday events to attend to spice up your holiday in the city. You can attend tree lighting ceremonies, Christkindlmarket events, attend the Zoolights event at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Caroling and holiday activities at Millennium Park and have a great time at the Museum of Science and Industry. These are magic holiday events that are ideal for all family members.

Attend the Chicago Blackhawks games

Attending a Chicago hockey game is thrilling. While you may not be a diehard fan of hockey or ice-sports, it offers plenty of exciting things to see and do in Chicago. You can cheer as you enjoy a cup of hot coffee, snacks and be part of a thrilling NHL experience. But if you are a diehard fan, getting to see your favorite team battling it out on ice, is probably one of the best things you can do in Chicago this festive season. 

Shopping Extravaganza

The festive season is equally a perfect opportunity to go on a shopping spree. Join your friends and family and visit top stores and brands for a shopping experience like no other. Don’t wait until the holiday is over for you to shop. Make the most of winter’s whimsical ambience on the streets to get yourself a pair of shoes, trendy dresses and other perfect gifts for your loved ones. 

Go Skating

If you love skating, Chicago is the perfect place to enjoy ice skating. When planning your trip to Chicago this festive season, make sure that you add a ice-skating activity on your itinerary. You will enjoy more fun skating as you explore other outdoor festive events such as illuminating festive events and much more. 

All of the ice-skating parks do have all the essentials you need to enjoy a magical winter activity. Depending on how many you are, consider the best parks for a quality skating experience without breaking your budget

Enjoy the Winter Wonderfest

The Winter Wonderfest is an exciting event for all filled with icy, skating and snow activities. It is a perfect addition for any festive holiday in the city. There are plenty of activities specially designed for this festive season that you cannot afford to miss. Some of the best Wonderfest activities to enjoy include carousel rides, the Chicago Blackhawks ice skating rink, polar extreme obstacle course, ice peak climbing walls, the Aquafina Create a Cookie Cottage event and the Arctic Express train ride and many other magical activities. Choose what’s best for you and your loved ones to enjoy the best of Chicago’s Winter Wonderfest.

Often, the Chicago Winter Wonderfest events run from 6th December to 12th January. Therefore, it is vital that you get your tickets early.

Visit the Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum is a place to visit, even if you aren’t a history lover. Here you can learn more about Last Speakeasy on the Eve of Repeal. It is an adult event where you can enjoy playing different games, enjoy great dances, and enjoy drinks & snacks and more activities that run through the night. To spice up the event, dress up for the occasion to impress. There are plenty of costume contests and prizes to be won which could make your festive season trip to Chicago that much better.

Go to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

A visit to the LEGOLAND discovery centre will make your festive and holiday trip to Chicago more exciting. The city comes alive with Bricktacular activities for the whole family. From photo-taking sessions with Santa Claus to themed scavenger hunts, you will have unlimited fun. Besides, some games help you to develop your skills for both you and your children. This includes playing and making special items with Christmas ornaments and a gingerbread house among other exciting creative Christmas challenges. 

The Christmas Show

While enjoying your time in Chicago this festive season, ensure you get tickets to the Christmas show. It is a place to enjoy world-class performances and some entertaining activities at the Christmas show. The Windy City comes alive with different holiday shows including Christmas Carol shows, the Nutcracker ballet, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer parade, Mannheim steamroller Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life show among other lined up for this festive season. There is definitely a show for everyone. 

Stroll around Chicago’s Landmarks

Chicago has exciting landmarks with interesting history and facts. On a lazy afternoon during your trip to the city, visit some of the top landmarks, take pictures and get to learn more about Chicago and these landmarks. Some of these landmarks offer you a breathtaking view of Chicago and all its glory. Some of the best landmarks to visit include: 

  • Union Station
  • Cloud Gate in Millennium Park
  • Navy Pier
  • Willis Tower
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Wrigley Building and the Chicago River among others

To get an incredible view of Chicago from a bird’s eye-view, make your way to the Willis Tower. It offers an unrivalled view of the city and surrounding landscape. On a clear day, you can see the entire city as well as the 4 states surrounding the city and Lake Michigan.However, with the winter weather setting in, you might get to see a completely snow-covered city, which might make for a Instagrammable photo. 

Welcome the New Year and enjoy the Fireworks

Staying in Chicago to welcome the New Year is certainly exciting. You will get an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the brightest, biggest and most beautiful fireworks at the Navy Pier. Each year, the fireworks get more exciting for all. 

Planning and making a trip to Chicago this festive season is both exciting and thrilling with the amount of activities and sights to see. Whichever way you choose to spend this time in Chicago, we’re sure that you will be back again next year for more fun-filled activities and attending Christmas events.   

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