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6 Reasons Why Christmas In Illinois Is The Absolute Best

Illinois, with its multicultural roots, has all sorts of holiday offerings and favorites for both residents and visitors alike. During the holiday season, many look for to Illinois attractions like tree lighting ceremonies, ice skating, and holiday theater and music. Chicago seems to be a one stop shop for holiday activities. This list offers visitors a great place to start in planning their upcoming visit.

1.  Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza

Christkindlmarket

Christkindlmarket

The Christkindlmarket is an iconic holiday favorite for those living in Chicago. This month long market is German themed, and offers many kinds of German gifts and holiday themed wares. Many people look forward to the specialty foods available throughout the market. Taking place in Daley Plaza, if you are lucky enough to work near this magical market you might find yourself stopping in more than once for the delicious food.

2. Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony

Chicago Parent

Chicago Parent

The tree lighting ceremony in Chicago is one that brings visitors from throughout Illinois to enjoy its beauty. The ceremony takes place at Millennium Park, typically in late November. The park is a beautiful backdrop for this lively ceremony. Visitors can also visit Daley Plaza for their tree lighting ceremony, which neighbors the Christkindlmarket. Their vicinity makes this a great stop for travelers.

3. Ice Skating at the Bean

Wanderu

Wanderu

The Bean is an iconic art piece and now landmark that visitors love to visit throughout the year, due to its comical kidney bean shape. When the weather is cold in Chicago, visitors are able to ice skate in front of this epic landmark. Many come to Chicago to enjoy a little holiday wonder during their trip, and ice skating is a memorable way to kick off your Christmas.

4. Holiday Theater and Music

Goldstar

Goldstar

Chicago is certainly known for its theatrical and musical productions. So during the holiday season, visitors flock to Chicago to enjoy their favorites like ‘A Christmas Carol.’ At the Bean, visitors can check out an event where they can listen to professional carolers and immediately get in the holiday spirit in downtown Chicago.

5. Santa On The El

Midwest Living

Midwest Living

As the holidays grow nearer, the Chicago Transit Authority hosts a ‘holiday train’ on different routes of the public trains. Those lucky enough to see the holiday train pull up to their station can look forward to a decked out car with holiday lights and decorations. The outside of the train is also covered in bright holiday lights making it a wonderful spectacle for those outside as well. The best part of all is the sleigh and reindeer attached to the front car of the train. Sitting in the sleigh is a joyful Santa that waves to people near the train.

6. Holiday Movie Screenings

Music Box

Music Box

Chicago movie theaters get residents in the holiday spirit by showing an array of classic and modern beloved holiday films. There are so many options that if you wanted to see a holiday movie, you would easily be able to find one almost any day of the week in December. Some of the annual favorites are ‘A Christmas Story,’ ‘Elf,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ and of course ‘Miracle On 34th Street.’

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