Whew! We made it to Christmas! While the hubbub of the holidays will go silent after this weekend, you can still savor the magic of Christmas for a few more days. On tap for this weekend: virtual holiday sing-alongs and musicals, lights displays and much more, Here are your best bets for keeping the days merry and bright.
Have a Holiday Sing-Along with New Philharmonic
McAninch Art Center s giving Santa a little competition by bringing Christmas on Demand into homes. Tune in anytime for a sing-along with New Philharmonic’s Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony. More details.
Ice Skate with a View
The Maggie Daley Park ice skating ribbon is one of the best spots in the city to skate a figure eight. The railing that lines the loop is the perfect pick-me-up for wobbly skaters and the views are spectacular. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Visit Lincoln Park Zoo’s Zoolights
The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most wonderful event of the year. ZooLights features hundreds of luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities, all under the glow of 2.5 million lights. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Make a Plan for New Year’s Eve
Ready for a new start in 2021? Break out noisemakers and start making a plan to say goodbye to 2020. Chicago has several outdoor events and at-home celebrations to help your family ring in the new year. More details.
Stroll Naperville’s Festive Riverwalk
The 8th Annual Naper Lights display is free and guaranteed to spread holiday cheer as you walk along Naperville’s gorgeous riverwalk. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Listen to It’s a Wonderful Life, Virtual Show
Listen to the heart-warming story of George Bailey in a virtual rendition of It’s a Wonderful Life performed by American Blues Theater actors. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Lace-Up the Skates at The Forge
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without this classic winter activity! Slip into some skates and glide across The Forge’s Ice Skating Shelf for family memory-making. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
See the City of Chicago’s Christmas Tree
Things look a bit different at Millennium Park this season, but the cheer is ever-present. All are invited to see the City of Chicago’s Christmas Tree shining brightly. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
See The Nutcracker on Art on theMART
With the cancellation of The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a newly animated digital display will be shown as part of Chicago’s Art on theMART. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Be Dazzled by Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic
Stroll along the many pathways, lit with more than one million twinkling LED lights, including through a brilliantly lit 600-foot-long tunnel featuring thousands of colored lights all synchronized to music. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Seek Out the Best Cup of Hot Chocolate
Jack Frost has started the nose-nipping, so it’s time for us to start hot-cocoa sipping. Bundle up and warm the bellies at one of our favorite hot chocolate spots. Bonus: You’ll be supporting local restaurants! More details.
Shop a Virtual Christkindlmarket
Christkindlmarket is going virtual this year! Shop the handmade gifts, food and drinks and kids can participate in Kinder Club activities from the comforts of home, anywhere in the world. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!
— Maria Chambers