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Holiday Traditions

Create lasting memories with the whole family at the Loop’s most iconic holiday destinations.

Charles Dickens’ 40th Anniversary of A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre
170 N Dearborn St

Share the joy and holiday magic as Goodman Theatre celebrates 40 years of A Christmas Carol in Chicago! This heartwarming tradition dazzles with glorious music and spectacular stagecraft — enchanting audiences with Scrooge’s discovery of kindness and compassion. After four decades and 1.5 million visitors, A Christmas Carol remains “the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald) and “the best show to get at the true meaning of Christmas” (The Daily Southtown).

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Christkindlmarket
50 W Washington St

The unique shopping experience, German food and drinks, and diverse holiday entertainment make Christkindlmarket Chicago a holiday tradition and staple. Open from November 17 - December 24th, Christkindlmarket is a must-visit with the whole family this holiday season. Don't forget to book your table at the Stammtisch!

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Holiday Lights Tour with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.
875 N Michigan Ave

Sing carols as your holiday trolley sleigh ride whisks you amongst the festive lights and enchanting sights of wintertime in Chicago! Experience the magic of the holidays with Chicago’s most spectacular light displays at the city’s most popular destinations. A FREE holiday cupcake awaits all tour riders.

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Holiday Meal at Italian Village
71 W Monroe

The Italian Village is Chicago's oldest and most celebrated Italian restaurant, and has the largest wine cellar in the entire Midwest, holding over 45,000 bottles. Bring the entire family and choose from three restaurants under one historic roof to kick off the festive season.

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Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park
337 E Randolph St

Just east of Millennium Park, this unique ribbon-shaped ice rink is a perfect way to warm up as you take in the beautiful downtown skyline. The rink will be open from mid-November until early March, and offers free access if you BYOS (bring your own skates). Skate rental is $12 and multiple Fast Pass options available for purchase as well.

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Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker at Auditorium Theatre
50 E Congress Pkwy

Discover the magic of Chicago’s mysterious 1893 World’s Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey’s astounding new Nutcracker – brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. This beautiful performance is a holiday tradition for many households and a treat for the entire family.

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Pick your Christmas Tree at Island Party Hut
355 Chicago Riverwalk

This festive season, bundle the family up and select your tree downtown as you stroll down the Riverwalk to Island Party Hut. Enjoy winter stews and piping hot beverages after you've made your selection and before you go home to decorate!

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The Grand Tree at Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe St

The Palmer House Hilton has been hosting visitors to the Chicago Loop for over 140 years. Today, the Palmer House Hilton continues to thrive in the heart of the theatre and financial district, just steps from the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and State Street shopping. No holiday visit to the Loop is complete without stopping in to the hotel to see the Grand Tree - an absolute spectacle!

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The Great Tree in Macy’s Walnut Room
111 N State St

The Great Tree, dressed with 6,600 dazzling lights and 2,000 silver and gold ornaments, welcomes visitors in the world-famous Walnut Room at Macy's for over 100 years. Enjoy a meal in the dining room with the whole family to take in the view of this grand centerpiece.

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Thorne Miniature Rooms at The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave

The 68 period rooms built on a scale of one inch to one foot have something for everyone—a visual history of architecture and decorative arts, the astounding workmanship of thousands of tiny accessories, and memories of childhood dollhouses. And this year, the rooms will once again don their teeny-tiny holiday decorations—a favorite of the season!

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