Where to See Holiday Lights in Chicago

Baby, it’s cold outside. But luckily, Chicago compensates by lots of fun things to do to take your mind off the temperature. One of the best parts of the holiday season are the holiday lights in Chicago.

Here’s where to see holiday lights in Chicago. Make sure to note the dates so you don’t miss a specific event you’re excited about!

St. Lucia Festival of Lights
Swedish American Museum
December 13, 2016

Venture out of the downtown for a special family-friendly event along Clark Street in Andersonville. The St. Lucia Festival of lights is a candlelit procession that begins at the Swedish American Museum. Procession highlights include “Lucia Girls” dressed in long white robes and beautiful candle crowns. Join in for the walk while attendees sing “The Lucia Song.”

Christkindlmarket
Daley Plaza in The Chicago Loop
November 18 – December 24, 2016

Christkindlmarket is one of Chicago’s favorite Christmas traditions. You’ll find food, drink, and crafts set up as a mini village in Daley Plaza, alongside beautiful holiday decorations. If you’ve ever been, you’ll notice influencers from the Nuremberg Christmas Market in Germany. Christkindlmarket is currently celebrating it’s 21st year in Chicago this holiday season.

Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights – Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Opens November 17, 2016

Don’t miss Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights at the Museum of Science and Industry  – a must see for Christmas fanatics! A 45-foot Christmas tree takes center stage, adorned by 30,000 lights. 50 smaller trees surround the main tree, all decorated by volunteers from around Chicago. Look out for a yearly theme changes – it’s never the same, twice!

ZooLights
Lincoln Park Zoo
November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017

At ZooLights, Lincoln Park Zoo transforms from a fun place to check out animals, to a winter wonderland. Look out for fun animal illuminations, holiday crafts, activities, and sweet treats for a great family-friendly event. This year marks the 22nd annual ZooLights festival, and it’s free to attend!

Winter WonderFest
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue
December 2, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Winter WonderFest is celebrating its 16th year of operation at tourist favorite Navy Pier. You’ll enjoy a number of activities, including: ice skating, ferris wheel rides, carousel, and inflatable slides. Besides fun activities, there’s also gorgeous Christmas decorations, like Christmas lights adorning 400 evergreen trees.

Lightscape: A Multisensory Experience on State Street
27 E. Monroe St
November – December 2016

For a low key presentation of holiday lights in Chicago, check out Lightscape on State Street. It provides the perfect backdrop for gift shopping!

Do you have any additional ideas for where to see holiday lights in Chicago? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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