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Best Things to Do in Chicago This December

Ice Skating Rink at Millennium Park


Yes, our winters are cold, windy and snowy, but the holidays in Chi-town are truly magical. Rather than hibernating in your Chicago apartment this December, why not embrace the frigid temps and soak up some holiday cheer?

Explore our list of the best things to do in Chicago this December, then bundle up, get out there and enjoy!

Chicago’s Christmas Shows

Get into the holiday spirit with the Goodman Theatre’s award-winning production of A Christmas Carol, or enjoy the iconic Nutcracker, performed by The Joffrey Ballet Chicago at The Auditorium Theater. Both shows run through December 30, and tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Ice Skating in Millennium Park

Take a spin on the ice surrounded by breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline. The McCormick Tribune Rink at Millennium Park is open to the public through mid-March. Admission is free, and skate rentals are available for a fee.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and stroll through Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo decorated with more than 2 million dazzling lights and 3D light displays. Admission to ZooLights is free through January 6, however, there is an additional cost for rides, food and beverages.

Winter WonderFest

Head indoors for more than 170,000 square feet of rides, slides, ice skating and holiday attractions. The Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is open through January 6 and is packed with indoor family-friendly fun. Hours and ticket prices vary.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Ring in the New Year with Chicago’s biggest and brightest fireworks display, held at the Navy Pier at midnight on December 31. For an extra special night, enjoy dinner and dancing on Lake Michigan with a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago or the Odyssey.

Make it a Great Winter in Chicago

Looking for more tips to help you survive a Chicago winter? Check out our Apartment Tips for a Cozy Winter.

Oak Park Apartments has one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments in and around Chicago, as well as studios and pet-friendly units. Browse our available apartments or contact us for more information.

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