Your Last-Minute Christmas Guide

Only a few more days to get your Christmas on! Have you made it to everything on your list yet?

Here are a few things you can still do to get into the Christmas spirit before the 25th rolls around. Consider this your last-minute Christmas guide by yours truly.


Visit the Chillest Holiday Bars in the City

Holiday Pop-Up Bars Chicago
Photo Credit: Emporium

See the list now!

Take a Scenic Helicopter Ride with Santa

Last Minute Christmas Guide


See the deets here.

Grab Some Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Holiday gifts


All under $100!

Eat at Some of Chicago’s Best Restaurants on Christmas Night

restaurants open on christmas day chicago


You know you don’t wanna cook on Christmas.

Check Out Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden

wonderland express
Photo Credit: Chicago Botanic Garden

All aboard!


Go on a Holiday Date

What’s Christmas without a little romance?


Have Breakfast With Santa at The Shedd

Breakfast With Santa

Can’t think of a better way to start Christmas Eve!


Sip on an Amazing Holiday Cocktail

Holiday Cocktails

Or, like, 4 holiday cocktails

Get Started on Your Winter Bucket List

winter bucket list
Photo Credit: @brad.j.s on Instagram

So much to do, more than enough time, thanks to prolonged Chicago winters.

Take a Look at the Best Christmas Decorations in Chicago

christmas decorations chicago

See where to find them here!

Warm Up at a Few of the Coziest Fireplaces Around

the moonlighter
Photo Credit: Jude Goergen

Stay toasty, y’all.

Get Christmas Cookies for Santa

Summer House Santa Monica
Photo Credit: Summer House Santa Monica Facebook

Or get cookies for yourself. That’s fine too.

Make a Donation to a Great Chicago Organization

Donations Chicago

Tis the season for giving, after all.

Make a Reservation at The Godfrey’s Igloo Lounges   

winter bucket list
Photo Credit: IO Godfrey via Instagram

That is, if they still have any.

Get Lost in the Christmas Magic at ZooLights

Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo
Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo

Now’s your chance!

Ride the CTA Holiday Train

Photo Credit: Youtube
Photo Credit: Youtube

See the schedule here.

Grab a Cup of the Best Hot Chocolate in the City

Last Minute Christmas Chicago
Photo Credit: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate Instagram

You’re gonna need it.

Take a Tour of Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry
Photo Credit: Museum of Science and Industry

See how here.

Buy a Ticket to the Polar Express

Polar Express Chicago
Photo Credit: CTA

Get yours here!

See One of Chicago’s Best Christmas Shows

Christmas Shows Chicago
Photo Credit: Broadway in Chicago

Check out the lineup now.

Go Caroling At These Places 

Caroling at the Bean

Sing your heart out.

Check Out the Christkindlmarket One Last Time

Last Minute Christmas guide
Photo Credit: Christkindlmarket Chicago

Before it’s too late!

Take a Lap at The Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon

Photo Credit: Maggie Daley Park
Photo Credit: Maggie Daley Park

See the schedule here.

….Or At Millennium Park

Last Minute Christmas Guide

Get the details here.

Get Your Butt to Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest

Last Minute Christmas Guide
Photo Credit: Navy Pier

Before it’s gone for good!

Check Out Our Ultimate Christmas Guide For More Ideas!

Last Minute Christmas Guide
Photo Credit: Chicago SantaCon

For everything else you may need!


Featured Image Credit: The Local Tourist


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