Celebrating the holidays in Chicagoland

Julia Hajduga | Conant Crier

We are done with finals–now what? Here are some holiday attractions in the Chicagoland area you can visit during winter break.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

It’s the 19th annual Wonderfest at Navy Pier, which is an attraction that includes an indoor ice skating rink, festive carousel, and inflatable rides. Cost varies, and the holiday attraction is open until January 12.

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

It’s Chicagoland’s largest and longest running lights festival, now running for it’s 38th year. It includes a 41-foot talking tree, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and so much more. $21.95 per person and free if you have a membership. Runs to December 31.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Celebrating 25 years of ZooLights, Lincoln Park Zoo has a one of a kind, festive experience for all families to enjoy–and it’s free! It runs through January 5 from 4:30pm to 9 pm. It includes pictures with Santa, 3D displays, live ice-sculpture carving (Friday-Sunday), and so much more.

The Christkindlmarket

Brought to Chicago in 1996, the Christkindlmarket brings German culture to Chicago. It offers warm beverages, musical performances, traditional German food, and sweets treats for the whole family to enjoy. The market is open until December 24 from 11am to 8pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday.

Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum

Walk a mile-long paved path filled with colorful lighting effects that highlight the beauty of the wintery trees. You can enjoy the seasonal music and warm up by the open fire with a cozy drink and smores. Open until January 5. 

Lightscape: Chicago Botanic Garden

All the way from London, Lightscape is making its debut in the Chicago area with its mile-long path of color, imagination, and sounds of beautiful singing trees. This attraction includes tunnels of light, a garden of fire, and a warm fire for you to toast marshmallows over. Open until January 5.

Giulia Ferreiramendonca

Giulia Mendonca is a Senior at Conant. This is her first year as a photographer for Crier. Giulia was part of the tennis team freshman through junior year. She is also involved in senior class council and operation snowball at Conant. Outside school she likes to play tennis, hangout with friends and go to concerts.

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