2012 Holiday Events Calendar
Wrigley Building in Downtown Chicago
Start 2013 on the water! Come experience the spectacular Chicago skyline while taking pleasure in the ultimate cruising indulgence, the Odyssey! Enjoy a plated dinner menu, live entertainment and private seating. On this special cruise complimentary Champagne will be served throughout the boarding hour. Learn More.
- Nov. 1 - Dec. 31
John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Remember the Winter Wonderland Holiday Train? The holiday lights and Lake Michigan in ice? This year we’re celebrating 40 years of festivities at JHO and everything you loved as a kid is there for you to share with your kids or grandkids – at a great price!
Winter Wonderland is open every day from Nov 1 to Dec 31 and Santa will be flying in every weekend from 12-4pm. We also have some fun activities going on every weekend so download this Winter Wonderland calendar to stick on your refrigerator for upcoming events.
- November 1 - December 31, 2012
Navy Pier, Chicago, Il
The annual Winter WonderFest present by Bank of America brings Chicago 7 more days of Holiday family fun than usual! Enjoy 170,000 square feet of winter wonderland playground, with indoor ice skating, inflatable slides, rides and so 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, and Winter WonderFest will be closed on Christmas Day! Bring the whole family our to celebrate the holidays in Chicago!
- November 30, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Macy's Great Tree Lighting & Holiday Windows
Macy's State Street, 111 N. State Street, Chicago
Macy's kicks off the holiday season at 12noon on the 7th floor in the Walnut Room with the annual Great Tree Lighting ceremony with a special guest performance by Chris Mann. Immediately following the Tree Lighting, the kid's department on level 5 at 1:00 p.m. will have holiday family fun including face painting, balloon twisting, fun from Radio Disney and much more. Outside, passersby will one again be amazed with this year's Macy's window display.
- November 18, 2012 - March 11, 2013 (weather permitting)
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Chicago
Located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, the Millennium Park Ice Rink draws more than 100,000 skater annually. The rink is open to the public every day of the week and skating is free. Skate rentals are available.
- November 17 - January 8, 2013
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Night Time Aerial View of Downtown Chicago IL
Museum of Science & Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
The Museum halls will be decked, holiday singers and dancers will fuel the festivities, and the sparkle of dozens of decorated trees will greet you at this year’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. The Museum’s grand tree takes center stage in the Rotunda, while more than 50 trees beautifully decorated by members of Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent global cultures adorn the Museum's Main Level. Stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the performances of various dance and choral groups on the Holiday Stage.
- Nov. 25 -Dec. 20
Drury Lane Children's Theatre - A Christmas Carol
100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
A popular holiday tradition entertaining hundreds of children and families each year is back once again this Christmas season at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace -- the timeless classic A Christmas Carol. In addition to a performance from a cast of top Chicago actors, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace offers families the special opportunity to have breakfast or dinner with Santa Claus on select performance dates. Featuring a festive buffet style menu complete with holiday favorites, these events are a wonderful way to introduce children to the arts.
- November 2 - December 22, 2012
- Tickets $12 each, $10 each for groups of 20 or more
- Breakfast and Dinner buffet with Santa available on select dates