The Christkindlmarket- This Christmas market can be found in Chicago, or just as close as downtown Naperville. The market is inspired by the first Christkindlmarket in Nuremberg, Germany in 1545. The market brings both European, and German traditions to show different ways, and items countries use to celebrate Christmas. Might I add that the hot chocolate there is also incredible! So, get in the jolly mood and find your way over to enjoy a market full of different Christmas traditions, and great hot chocolate.
Christmas Around The World– You can find this event at the, Museum of Science and Industry, in Chicago. The event began in 1942 with just one tree, now the museum has a four-story Grand Tree as soon as you walk in, and then 50 trees representing different countries and how they celebrate Christmas. By the trees, you can see a little paragraph on how the country says merry christmas, and ways they celebrate. Did I mention you also get free admission to the rest of the museum? Tons of fun cool and different activities you can do with your family, all in one place.
Morton Arboretum: Illumination: Tree Lights– In Lisle, Illinois, you can walk throughout the 50 acres of the Morton Arboretum, to see lights upon lights. This is a great idea to ring in some Christmas cheer. Concessions, firepits, seating, and plenty of picture opportunities fill the route. It takes about 40-50 minutes to walk through. Tickets for adults are $22, and tickets for kids the ages of 2-17 are, $14.
Larsen Light Show- This event takes place in Elburn, Illinois, at Brian Larsen’s home. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. Also, if you want to park in a designated parking spot, the Larsen family asks if you could make a $7.00 donation, to keep the cost of upgrading the lights, and show inexpensive for the family. You can tune into 88.5 FM from your car, because trust me it is pretty cold, and watch as the mansion lights up with over 1 million lights used. This event is family friendly and tons of fun!
Skating Ribbon-Maggie Daley Park- Yet another event in the city of Chicago. This is shockingly also, kind of, and inexpensive Christmas festive idea. It costs $12 on Monday-Thursday for the rental, and $14 Friday-Sunday, and holidays. You skate a path that is twice the length of a normal ice skating rink, with the skyline as a backdrop. This event starts in the middle of November through the first week of March. You also can buy advanced packages for things such as a fast pass, and a locker. This event is so much fun, and even better if you can skate at night, while it’s snowing.