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The Top Five Reasons Your Children Will Love Chicago Over the Holidays

The Top Five Reasons Your Children Will Love Chicago Over the Holidays

CHICAGO, DESTINATIONS, UNITED STATES

As people around the world gear up for the holiday season, countless families descend on Chicago to see the city’s sights and sounds as they celebrate with their families. While the Art Institute and the Willis Tower may hold appeal for adults, the city’s holiday festivities are kid-friendly fun that your whole family can enjoy.

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge taking account of his life over Christmas is a theatrical experience you can’t miss this holiday season. The Goodman Theatre puts up a limited-run production of this holiday favorite, starting the second week of December.

 

A Christmas Carol Production Photos Joe Foust (Jacob Marley) and Larry Yando (Ebenezer Scrooge) in A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol Production Photos
Joe Foust (Jacob Marley) and Larry Yando (Ebenezer Scrooge) in A Christmas Carol

 

Caroling at Cloud Gate: If your children love the music of the holiday season, but you’re less than enthused about the idea of traipsing from door to door in the blistering Chicago cold, take your family to Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate on a Friday from November 27th to December 18th. Many of the Chicago area’s premier choirs perform holiday classics for free at this charming holiday celebration.

 

Caroling at Cloud Gate Millennium Park's (Image City of Chicago)
Caroling at Cloud Gate Millennium Park’s (Image City of Chicago)

 

Christkindlmarket: Inspired by Europe’s Christmas markets, this open-air market is the largest in the city and is the kind of holiday fun both adults and kids will enjoy. Peruse stall after stall of beautiful, handmade gifts for everyone on your list, and stop for a bite at one of the many vendors selling traditional German treats.

 

Market Scene by True Shot Studios (image Source: http://www.christkindlmarket.com/market-scenes/)
Market Scene by True Shot Studios (image Source: http://www.christkindlmarket.com )

 

ZooLights: The Lincoln Park Zoo is always a hit for families, and the holiday season is no exception. Wow your little ones with a trip to see the ZooLights, a beautiful light display that takes place throughout the zoo. Once you’re done oohing and aahing, you can enjoy the rest of the winter merriment the zoo has to offer, from skating to ice carving.

 

Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo (Image courtesy of LPZoo)
Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo (Image courtesy of LPZoo)

 

The Nutcracker: Start a new holiday tradition this year by taking the kids in your family to see a performance of the classic Nutcracker ballet at Auditorium Theatre. The Tchaikovsky-scored ballet is performed by the Joffrey Ballet company, one of the world’s premiere dance troupes, and provides hours of fun and festive entertainment that will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

 

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker - Auditorium Theatre (Image courtesy of Auditorium Theatre)
Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker – Auditorium Theatre (Image courtesy of Auditorium Theatre)

 

Don’t let the cold weather keep you holed up at home — embrace the holiday spirit in Chicago style with a trip to one of the city’s many exciting winter events and celebrations.

 

Note: This is a guest post by Candace Schaffer; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as Four Seasons Private Residences and Fasano Hotel and Residences at Shore Club.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

2 Comments

  1. Olwen
    December 21, 2015 at 8:11 am
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    Wow! Awesome pictures. You’ve really nailed it, I think; if I didn’t have other plans, I would totally be heading to Chicago for Christmas. Maybe next year. Thanks for sharing (and educating!).

    • Carmen
      December 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      I’m glad to hear that my article inspires you to travel to Chicago, and enjoy in all the festive activities the city has to offer. Happy Holidays!

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