Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday Season is Here!

As the Chicago air continues to chill, the season of celebration is upon us. There are plenty of great events to attend this season and we have compiled a list to get you started!  

 November 17: Magnificent Mile Lights Parade.  Celebrate Chicago's kick-off to the holiday season.  Sample holiday treats, listen to carolers and visit with Disney characters on Pioneer Court.  Admission is free.  11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Lights Parade begins at 6 p.m.

November 19: 96th Annual City of Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Daley Plaza.  Watch as the holiday tree is illuminated and stay for free musical entertainment and holiday events.  Tree lighting takes place at 5 p.m.


At HI-Chicago!

November 22:  HI-Chicago Annual Thanksgiving Dinner  With Thanksgiving only a week away, HI-Chicago is preparing for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at 5 p.m. Help us to make it a warm holiday by lending a helping hand or simply sharing in the meal.  Volunteers would be helpful from 2-5 and 5-7.  We hope to see you there!  

November 22: McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.  State St. from Congress to Randolph.  Begins at 8 a.m.

November 22-December 24: Christkindlmarket.  Experience exceptional shopping opportunities and a winter wonderland as Daley Plaza is transformed into a festive meeting place for friends and family.  Admission is free.  Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Thanksgiving Day (November 22) and Christmas Eve (December 24), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 23-25, 30; December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 26-31; January 1-6.  ZooLights Festival.  This annual fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration features luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds.

November 15-December 23.  Caroling at Gloud Gate.  Every Friday night throughout the holiday season come to Cloud Gate, a.k.a. The Bean, to hear a variety of choral groups and to join in for a holiday sing-along.  6 p.m.

Winter WonderFest.  Navy Pier.  The Chicago holiday tradition delights both young and old with a breathtaking winter wonderland of hundreds of trees and thousands of holiday lights, as well as rides and an indoor ice skating rink.

December 31, 7 p.m. and midnight.  New Year's Eve Family and Midnight Fireworks. 

 Stay tuned for additional Chicago fun here:  http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en.html

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