Tis the season for a whole lot of great parties, caroling, and other events. That is why Welcome Inn Manor chose a few of our favorites to make your Chicago holiday going smashingly. Choose a few of your favorites, and have a great holiday.
Chicago Holiday Events
Holiday Tea At Russian Tea Room Every Afternoon
A staple in Chicago, holiday teatime at the Russian Room is a great thing to do after spending an afternoon at the Art Institute across the street. What a great way to experience Chicago culture. It is $30 for full tea service.
Caroling at CloudGate December 19th
Every Friday up to Christmas, carolers sing at CloudGate in Millennium Park. This is a free, one-hour event. Check for cancellations in extreme weather. The Bella Voice Choir will be singing the final carols of the season this Friday.
Christkindlmarket Chicago until December 24th
The annual Christkindlmarket must be on your list if you are going to visit Chicago during the holidays. Every year, the Daley Plaza turns into a traditional European village complete with candy cane stripped wooden huts and twinkling lights. The tradition comes from Nuremburg, Germany, and 65% of the vendors are from Germany.
The free event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The highlight is the Glühwein (hot spiced wine). It comes in a unique souvenir collectable mug, and warms you up in the cold Chicago winter.
The CTA holiday train makes traveling the CTA a fun and festive event. Now we know how Santa Claus can get to all the homes in Chicago every year. He hitches a ride on a CTA train. There are multiple holiday trains on multiple routes. Check out the CTA for more information.
Holidazed and Confused December 17-28
Another Second City smash comedy about the holidays. Holidazed and Confused breaks up what they call the “holiday monotony” for some side aching laughs. Ticket prices range from $32 to $55 per person.
A Christmas Carol until December 28th
The beloved Christmas play is back at the Goodman Theater. Scrooge will grace the stage as he evaluates the past, present, and future of his life decisions. The tickets for the play range between $25-96.
Zoolights until January 4th
Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting their annual Zoolights. Come at night until January 4th to see the zoo lit up at night. The event is a beautiful combination between lights and animals. Moreover, this is free and open to the public.
“Christmas Around the World” until January 4th
The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting the annual Christmas trees exhibit. The display has over 50 different trees from around the world, including the Grand tree with 30,000 lights.
Winter WonderFest until January 11th
The annual winter carnival held at Navy Pier. They have a toboggan tunnel, a winter mini-golf course, Blackhawks ice skating rink, and a 15-foot “snow tubing” hill. And of course, they have a Santa that your kids can ask for their gift. Finally, there is also cookie decorating.
Tickets are $5 at the $3.75 when purchased in advance. An extra activity tick is $25 at the door, and $22.50 when purchased ahead of time.
Millenium Park-McCormick Tribune Ice Rink Until March 8th
After you listening to the carolers at CloudGate, you might want to don your ice skates. This is a free skating rink, but skate rentals are $12 per person. So, get your skating on, and enjoy the winter weather.
If you have never been ice-skating before, then you might want to consider the free lessons on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays before the rink opens. Also, during the Chicago Public School holiday break from December 22-January 4th, lessons are every day 1 hour before the rink opens.
Enjoy the holidays
Whatever you decide to do for the holidays, make sure you have a happy holidays, and a better New Year. From all of us at Welcome Inn Manor, we hope 2015 brings you much health, wealth, and wisdom.