Safe Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Chicago in 2020

It’s easy to get bummed out about all of the Christmas festivities that aren’t happening this year— many of us are separated from family and friends, and winters can start to feel pretty long in Chicago. Luckily, Chicagoans are tough, and can handle a little outdoor, well-ventilated merriment; even if it gets a little too frosty for you, there’s a wide variety of events and activities in which you can participate from the warmth and safety of your own home.

Christmas Market Pop Up at DMen Tap

Through December 24

2849 W Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60618


Now through Christmas Eve, visit the Dönermen Food Truck just outside DMen Tap, where you’ll be able to purchase all sorts of hot foods and drinks ordinarily available during Chicago’s beloved Christkindlmarket. You can even buy a vintage Christkindlmarket mug!

Lookingglass Theatre’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Through December 27

Stream Lookingglass’s acclaimed 2019 production of the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The online event even features a “virtual behind-the-scenes lobby experience” before showtime!


Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Through December 31

This much-loved annual Goodman adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story has been reimagined and modified to stream as an audio play, which is available for free listening through the end of the year on the Goodman’s website.

Holly Jolly Drive-In

Through December 24

2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago IL 60657

Along with a Christmassy drive-in movie, attendees will see some North Pole VIPs— Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, and a whole host of other characters will make appearances at the drive-in, located in the lot next to Replay Lincoln Park. Admission is charged per vehicle, so it’s up to you how many people can safely ride in your car.

Ballet Chicago’s The Nutcracker

Through December 30

The Nutcracker, another long-adored staple of the holiday season, can be streamed online this year. Over 100 Ballet Chicago dancers perform in the dance company’s archival presentations of the Christmas classic.

Christmas Chicago Featured Image: Replay Lincoln Park on Facebook

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