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Holiday fun around Chicago and the Chicago suburbs

Looking for some ideas to get into the holiday spirit? Here are some ideas for the whole family, including seniors! Read on and click the various links to learn more about each activity…

Spending some time on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue will bring about that holiday spirit. Why not make it even more special by taking in the musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas”? Everyone’s favorite Peanuts pals are performing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place through January 8.

Open through Christmas Eve, Chicago’s famous Christkindlmarket transforms Daley Plaza into a bustling German village with food and shopping stalls. You can also find Christkindlmarket in the suburbs — specifically, in the city of Naperville — if you prefer not to make the journey into the city.

Through January 8, take a ride over to the Museum of Science and Industry for the “Christmas Around the World” and “Holiday Lights” exhibitions. “Snow” falls every 30 minutes in the Grand Rotunda, and the Grand Tree is draped with 30,000 twinkling lights.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs “It’s a Wonderful Life” from December 9 through 11 at Symphony Center. They will also be presenting “Merry Merry Chicago.” The CSO teams up with the Chicago Children’s Choir with holiday standards, carols, and sing-a-longs.

Let’s not forget Chicago’s Holiday Train. Times and routes vary by day but you can find out where the train will be by clicking HERE.

Let’s not forget the numerous Santa sightings around town. Among the many places one may visit Santa Claus is the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue through December 24 and Macy’s Department Store on State Street.

Finally, for those families that like to cut down their very own Christmas tree, there are several places in which to do that. Among them are Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm in Harvard, Camelot Tree Farm in DeKalb and Oney’s Tree Farm in Woodstock.

Whichever activities you decide to do, remember to rejoice in the spirit of the season and be thankful for the things with which we are blessed! Happy holidays!




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