6 Entertaining Things to Do in Chicago in December (Updated 11/19/20)

Are you thankful that 2020 is almost over? Thanksgiving is coming, so while we may not all be celebrating exactly how we normally would, it’s about time we rustle up some gratitude and make the most of what we have. If you, like many of us, are looking for ways to inject a little holiday cheer into the coming weeks, we have compiled a list of 6 fun things to do in Chicago in December to celebrate the holidays.

Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Starting November 20th, embrace the brisk winter weather and lace up for some skating on the Ribbon! If you’re looking for outdoor events in Chicago, travel to Maggie Daley Park and celebrate the change of seasons by going ice skating.

Virtual Christkindlmarket

It’s true that Christkindlmarket won’t be the same without the throngs of people, but think of it this way: you don’t even have to leave your couch (and risk the warmth of your precious toesies) to get your hands on a Christkindlmarket traditional mug! Just order it on the official website, along with all sorts of other goodies from the market’s affiliated vendors.

Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum

For a lot of people, the Holiday Season begins with Thanksgiving, and for those same people, the Holiday Season requires lots of lights— the twinklier, the better. When you’re looking for entertaining things to do in the city, the Illumination: Tree Lights festival at the Morton Arboretum is opening this upcoming weekend on November 20th. The event enables guests not only to see impressive light displays among the trees, but also to experience the holiday cheer from the comfort of their own vehicles.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Presented by ABC 7 Chicago, the Lights Festival takes place Sunday, November 22th, and includes musical performances and the lighting of trees along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. No parade this year, but this way you can take in the festivities while wearing your jammies.

Thanksgiving takeout from local restaurants

Turkey Day may feel a bit different this year, but why not lean into the unusual and make it really interesting with a little help from your favorite local restaurants? Lots of hot spots around the city are offering takeout on Thanksgiving, including Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Maple & Ash, Alinea, and more.


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ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Are you still not tired of lights? If you’re searching for things to do in November and December for $5, Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago has you covered with the ZooLights festival. You can stroll around the zoo and take in the beautiful lights.

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