Holidays in Chicago should be its own season. Beginning with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza and ending with events like the Lincoln Park Zoo ZooLights, literally everyday between November and January you can do something with your family that is holiday focused.
Consider this list of Top Family Friendly Holiday Events in Chicago.
Millennium Park Ice Skating: If you’d like to do something special downtown, but you don’t have a large budget, you can easily enjoy a trip to Millennium Park for ice skating. Skating in the park is free – no admission. Only cost is $10 for skates, unless you have your own. Skating in Millennium goes through March 2013 weather permitting.
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier: Your family will be wowed by 170,000 square feet of winter fun at Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest. This annual event includes indoor ice skating, inflatable slides, and many different rides and attractions. WinterFest is open through January 6, 2013 (closed on Christmas Day).
Christmas Around the World and Holiday Lights: Learning doesn’t have to stop just because the kids are out of school for winter break. Help your children learn more about other cultures during the 70th Annual Christmas Around the World and Holiday Lights event at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry through January 6, 2013. The event includes 50 trees decorated to represent the many different cultures present in the Windy City. The museum also features a 45-foot tree in the rotunda with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, as well as various caroling groups and holiday dancers. (Also consider visiting the Macy Holiday Window Displays
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: If the movie is a family favorite, why not take the kids to see the real production of the timeless Dr. Seuss story? The holiday production of the classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is in production at the Cadillac Palace Theater through December 16, 2012.
The Nutcracker: There is something magical about this holiday ballet. Even your older children will enjoy the experience of dressing up and heading to the Auditorium Theater for a grand production of the holiday classic ballet, the Nutcracker.
Family Fun at Home: Finally, if you just can’t seem to drag your kids away from home, there are plenty of ways to have fun. How about a movie marathon? The Lord of the Rings could be a great choice ince The Hobbit hits theaters in December.Les Misérables is another highly anticipated film that the family will enjoy and that just might help your teenagers embrace the classics much more than write my essay or “summarize this book” websites could ever hope to.
Other family activities can include simple shopping trips or visits to local nursing homes to visit with residents or shut-ins and spread holiday cheer and care. You may just start a new family tradition of helping others over the holidays - a gift that you can enjoy together every year.