The 2012 holiday season is here - and that means a LOT of cool things to do in and around Chicago!
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
Navy Pier, Chicago
November 30, 2012 - January 6, 2013
The annual Winter WonderFest features 170,000 square feet of winter wonderland playground, indoor ice skating, inflatable slides, rides and much much more!
Winter WonderFest is open Sunday through Thursday from 10am - 5pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10am - 10pm! Special holiday hours include Christmas Eve from 10am - 5pm, New Years Eve and New Years Day from 10am - 8pm. Closed on Christmas Day.
Macy's Walnut Room and Holiday Windows
Macy's State Street, 111 N. State Street, Chicago
November 18, 2012 - March 11, 2013
Macy's celebrates the holiday season with the annual Walnut Room and holiday windows. A must-see for everyone at Christmas!
Millennium Park Ice Skating
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Chicago
November 17 - January 8, 2013
Located on Michigan Avenue, the outdoor Millennium Park Ice Rink draws thousands of skater annually. The rink is open to the public every day of the week and skating is free. Skate rentals are available.
Lincoln Square Christkindlmarket
Lincoln Square, Chicago
December 7 - 9, 2012
More than 30 merchants will sell German crafts and foods, including sausages, jam-filled doughnuts called krapfen, potato pancakes and apple streusel at Lincoln Square's annual Christkindlmarket.
Expect visits from St. Nicholas, as well as and ornament and cookie decorating. Admission is a $3 donation.
Daley Plaza, Chicago
Through December 24, 2012
The Christkindlmarket is Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival and includes European arts and crafts, as well as brats, spiced wine and other German specialties.
ZooLight at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Through January 6, 2013
During the annual Lincoln Park Zoo ZooLights celebration, the zoo decorates its grounds and trees with mult-colored lights and animal figures. ZooLights is free and is sponsored by ComEd. Activities include ice carving demonstrations, a Holiday Express Train, and more! Admission is free.