Every year we have many great Christmas events in Chicago and 2011 is no exception! This year we have some great Christmas events happening near our Chicago Midway Hotel that are fun and affordable for your entire family, after all, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to experience Christmas events Chicago-style! This year, Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of our top complimentary Christmas events in Chicago and it’s located just 20 minutes from our BEST WESTERN Chicago Midway Hotel.
The event, which runs from December 2nd until January 1st from 5:00pm to 9:00pm nightly brings back the true holiday spirit by offering seasonal cheer free-of-charge to Chicago visitors and locals. With visits from Santa, live ice carving, holiday arts and crafts, as well as holiday food, beverages and unique gift ideas, this is an Christmas event in Chicago that shouldn’t be missed during your visit!
If you have some extra room in your suitcase, why not consider bringing your gently-used spare winter wear with you on your visit and donating it to the Zoolights coat drive, to help those in need this winter? Collection boxes are placed throughout the Zoo and
Other Christmas Events in Chicago Worth Visiting
If you have some more time during your visit, why not stop by the Museum of Science and Industry (one of our favorite attractions in Chicago Midway) for Christmas Around the World and Holiday Lights event? This holiday tradition (located just 20 minutes from our hotel) has been active in Chicago since 1942 when it started with a single lit up tree dedicated to the Allies of World War II. Now, with a 45-foot Grand Tree, 30,000 lights, 1,000 ornaments, holiday state performances, intermittent falling snow, and cultural traditions from around the world, this event has definitely evolved over the past 70 years, but hasn’t lost any of its wonderful yuletide messages and is still one of the most anticipated Christmas events in Chicago every year.
December is a wonderful time to visit the Chicago area. If you’re thinking about stopping by to do some shopping, visit family or to simply enjoy Chicago’s winter, contact us to find out how we can make your trip to our Chicago Midway Hotel the best it can be.