Don’t miss these Christmas and holiday events in the Chicago area this weekend – NBC Chicago
The holidays in Chicago are here: from Christmas lights on Navy Pier to sing-alongs in Millennium Park to parades in the suburbs, here are some of the holiday events happening this weekend.
Light up the lake at Navy Pier
Light up the Lake, a new indoor light garden on Navy Pier with more than 600,000 twinkling lights, an alpine ice rink, a beer garden and children’s holiday activities will open in the Festspielhaus on Friday, November 26th and will run until January 2nd.
Tickets start at $ 15. Opening times vary.
Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along
The new Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along (the event formerly known as “Caroling at Cloud Gate”) begins on Friday, November 26th at 6:00 pm and continues through December 17th.
Sing-along celebrates Chicago’s diverse cultures and Christmas traditions on Fridays at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, December 12th at 4 p.m.
Macy’s State Street holiday window
A Chicago Christmas tradition, the Christmas Windows and Great Tree at Macy’s on State Street return this year with a bright blue reindeer named Tiptoe.
The windows tell the story of a little reindeer who was “too shy to fly,” according to Macy’s story of Tiptoe on Christmas night with Santa’s sleigh team.
Lincoln Park ZooLights and Christmas Magic at Brookfield Zoo
This year ZooLights has sensory visiting hours, new lighting concepts in the Main Mall and South Lawn, an improved Enchanted Forest experience and a 6-foot Christmas tree in the new Pepper Family Wildlife Center.
Tickets are $ 5 and reservations are recommended. Opening times vary.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo opens November 26th with more than two million immersive LED lights for the holidays, a giant 3D gingerbread house, a Christmas scavenger hunt, and more.
Tickets start at $ 17.95 and must be purchased in advance. Opening times and dates vary.
Festival of Lights Parade in Crystal Lake
Starting on November 26th at 7pm, the Festival of Lights Parade in Crystal Lake is the traditional start of the city’s Christmas season. This year’s theme is “A Toyland Christmas”.
The parade organizers emphasize that safety is a priority this year and that spectators must stay on sidewalks or curbs and many shops will remain open to visitors during and after the parade.
Schaumburg’s annual tree lighting
Schaumberg will officially greet Santa Claus for the annual tree lighting ceremony in town on Friday November 26th.
The events start at 6 p.m. and Santa Claus is accompanied by the Schaumberg fire brigade to light the tree in the open air at 6.30 p.m. The tree is adorned with ornaments made by youth groups and organizations in the region.
Attendees are encouraged to bring long-life food to this event for the Schaumburg Food Pantry.