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The Best Holiday Lights in Chicago


The Holiday Season is upon us and the chilly temps in Chicago certainly got us in the spirit! So we wanted to take this opportunity to write a definitive list of the best holiday light displays in the Chicagoland area!

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Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier in Chicago

Saturday, December 1st, 2018 through Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 606011

For some indoor winter fun for the whole family head over to Navy Pier at Winter WonderFest. All 170,000 square feet of Navy Pier is decorated with thousands of LED lights and includes an incredible 42 foot high Christmas tree! Other activities a Ferris wheel, mini-golf course, toboggan tunnel and of course ice skating! If you time your visit right you might even get to see Santa and Mrs. Clause!

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights

Nightly from December 14th through January 6th, 2019 (except December 24th & 25th)

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Boasting over two million lights, the Lincoln Park Zoo maintains it’s free admission during the holiday season making this a great option for our more frugal friends! Beyond the impressive display, ice cravings to animal exhibits to their special warm spiced wine, this is a great stop on our holiday lights list!

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Roscoe Village Holiday Decorations

From Late November through December 2018

The Roscoe Village Neighborhood is bounded by Addison Street and Belmont Avenue from Ravenswood Avenue on the east to the Chicago River on the west.

If you want a more homey holiday light experience, go visit the neighborhood, Roscoe Village. The neighborhood association, Roscoe Village Neighbors, holds a holiday decorating contest for home and businesses in the area.

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Chicago’s Christmas Tree in Millennium Park

Friday, November 16th, 2018 through Monday, January 1st, 2019 Place: Millennium Park Near Michigan Ave. and Washington St.

We saved perhaps the most iconic of Chicago’s holiday experiences for last. The Christmas Tree in Millennium Park is a Norway Spruce which stands at 60 feet tall, is 48 years old, weighs 8,200 pounds and is decorated with thousands of colorful lights on top of that!

This Chicago tradition is celebrating it’s 105th year and if you’re looking for other things to do by the tree be sure to check out the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink or the world-renowned Christkindlmarket at nearby Daly Plaza.

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