Chicago Holiday Family Activity Guide

Let’s face it, we live in a great city. Chicago is awesome. There are so many things to do, places to go, and people to see, especially around the holiday season! With winter break approaching, your kids might start to get stir crazy. Here is a list of 8 fun activities and events to enjoy with your family in Chicago this holiday season.

Chicago Holiday Family Activities:

1. Free Museum Days
December and Year Round
The holidays are a great time to visit Chicago cultural institutions like the Museum of Science and Industry or The Adler Planetarium.
2. Build Your Own Gingerbread House – Art Institute of Chicago
Saturday, December 15, 11:00 am
The museum provides gingerbread kits, frosting and decorating candy for families to create their own gingerbread house.$50-$60 per family of 4.
3. ZooLights – Lincoln Park Zoo
Now through January 5th
Two million lights adorn the grounds of beautiful Lincoln Park zoo. Activities include ice skating rink, ice-carving demonstrations, kids craft activities and photos with Santa.
4. Winter Wonderfest – Navy Pier
Now through January 12th
Rides, slides, skating, snow bouncer – all indoors! You can also meet Santa, visit the Candy Cane Lighthouse, visit the giant decorated tree, and much, much more!
5. Christkindlmarket – Daley Plaza
Now through December 24th
Set up as a little European village, featuring timber houses with Christmas trees, food, sweets, and diverse holiday entertainment.
6. Holiday Aquatic Show – Shedd Aquarium
Now through December 28th
Dolphins, belugas, and sea lions, oh my!
7. Holiday Magic at the Zoo – Brookfield Zoo
Saturdays and Sundays through December 31st , Thursday through Tuesday, December 26th-31st
This is one of the largest light festivals in Chicagoland. Enjoy the animals, ice carving, laser light shows, and live entertainment!
8. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light – Museum of Science and Industry
Now through January 5th
This year’s theme is inspired by the museum’s temporary exhibit – Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. The 45-foot Grand tree takes center stage while more than 50 smaller tress are decorated to represent various cultures and holiday traditions. Stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the performances on the Holiday Stage.