It’s holiday time in the city! Ring-a-ling, everyone — this is your chance to make the most of the wintry fun around town. This weekend, you can take in one of many shows, ice skate with a view, have a blast at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest, and make the trek out to Lisle for a dazzling lights show. December will be gone before you know it, so get a move on!

thats-weird-grandma-holidayphoto: That’s Weird Grandma: The Holiday Special Returns



That’s Weird Grandma: The Holiday Special Returns
Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to present That’s Weird Grandma: The Holiday Special Returns, a line-up of tales old and new inspired by the holidays, winter, elves, gift-giving and more – written by the young and performed by the young-at-heart. Sun. Event details.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park School of Dance’s The Nutcracker
Hyde Park School of Dance’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker will feature 206 dancers — from 4-year-olds to grandparents — and will add a new twist this year: a hip hop dance battle. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Guten Tag, Santa! Christkindlmarket Chicago is Back!
Bundle up for this outdoor market that brings the cherished German and European tradition of the Christkindlmarkt in Germany to Chicago and adds a heap of local charm. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Watch ZooLights Illuminate the Night’s Sky
With the light displays throughout the grounds your fam can stroll through the twinkling winter wonderland created by over 2 million lights. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mr. Dave’s Holiday Jamboree Kids Show
Get ready to dance! Beloved kindie artist Mr. Dave presents Mr. Dave’s Second Annual Holiday Jamboree CD Release Party with his energetic mix of original songs and classic children’s tunes. Sat. Event details.

Mag Mile

A Dazzling Holiday Trolley Ride
This lightly narrated two-and-a-half-hour adventure shows the best of Chicago’s holiday lights and stops at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Zoolights show. The tour even includes complimentary treats from Sprinkles Cupcakes for each passenger. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Ice Skating 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

Navy Pier

A 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 holiday-spirited fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Snow Globe Party at Chicago Children’s Museum
Did you ever want to be inside a snow globe when the glittery storm descends? Chicago Children’s Museum is giving you a chance in their Great Hall. Dance until the flurries start to fall and wait for the blizzard to rain down! Sun. Event details.


Chicago’s Irish Christmas Market
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience as Northcenter Town Square is transformed into a FREE family-friendly, European-style outdoor marketplace and winter wonderland. Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Illumination: Tree Lights
Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns with more lights, sights and sounds that will transform a Chicago-area wintertime walk in the woods into a colorful, inspiring experience like no other. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Long Grove

Christmas Tree Parade in Historic Long Grove
Visitors will experience a one-of-a-kind Christmas Tree Parade along with Victorian buildings trimmed in lights, luminaries, costumed carolers, free carriage rides, appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
Step into an indoor winter wonderland bursting with LEGO bricks! Young brick fans are invited to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago’s annual Holiday Bricktacular to participate in heaps of holly jolly fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers