Hold onto that holiday spirit for just one more weekend and let the jingling and ring-tingling continue until the very last second. From light displays and LEGO brick play to figure 8-making with a view, we have your best bets for family joy all around town. Bundle up your sweet babes and get out there to enjoy these merry festivities.

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Lincoln Park

Watch ZooLights Illuminate the Night Sky
One of the nation’s only free-admission zoos flips the holiday switch with ZooLights. With the light displays throughout the grounds your fam can stroll through the twinkling winter wonderland created by over 2 million lights, take photos with Santa, enjoy food and drinks, watch ice carving demos, partake in carousel rides and go-’rounds on the Lionel Train Adventure. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Take Selfies with Santa
Santa is making a stop at Willis Tower! The man in red will be visiting the Ledge, inviting visitors to snap a selfie or capture the perfect holiday card 1,353 feet up! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Skate with a Pretty Sweet View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Celebrate at the Full Moon Fest
Celebrate the last full moon of 2018 with a nighttime, all-ages festival curated to launch your curiosity more than 200,000 miles above Earth’s atmosphere. Gaze at the brightest object in our night sky through telescopes in the Smart Park, get your face painted with sparkling space patterns, learn how to make space slime, see special live performances, and more. Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

Get Your Winter Thrill Fill at Navy Pier
Get your thrill fill at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest, which has rides for all ages. Being Chicago’s biggest and best indoor winter playground, it features 170,000 square feet filled with rides, giant slides, indoor ice skating and holiday decor that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Take a Walk Though Passage
Passage is an immersive, interactive and minimalist work of art that explores the connections between light and sound. Guests will be guided through 20 circles of light that form a tunnel of animation and sound. With each step, guests will experience a new configuration of the installation with its own dynamic ambience. Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Experience Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Chicagoland’s largest lights festival, Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo features over one million LED lights. Indoor exhibits remain open for viewing of animals. Guests can take part in singing to animals and special Zoo Chats. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Illumination at The Morton Arboretum
Returning for a 6th year is the crowd pleasing Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum.  Walk the mile-long path and gaze in amazement at the LED-lit trees through the winter woods.  Bright light shows set to The Nutcracker music and glowing trees that respond to touch and sound will amuse and stimulate the senses of all ages! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Build Memories at Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGO fanatics are invited to explore holiday-themed builds, participate in their own challenges, take part in a scavenger hunt in MINILAND Chicago’s winter wonderland, take advantage of photo opps with a Christmas sleigh built entirely out of bricks and letter writing to the Master Model Builder with suggestions on future holiday builds. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Figure 8 with Anna and Kristoff
Take a morning spin on The Chicago Wolves Ice Rink with Anna and Kristoff. Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers



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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.