Chicago’s 5 Major Winter Festivals

Magnificent Mile Lights

There are tons of fun winter festivals happening in Chicago. Everything from German-inspired Christmas markets to Lunar New Year lion dances is available to explore. To help decide which one to visit, we’ve put together our top 5 events over this festive time of year that you won’t be able to resist.

If you happen to be in Chicago this February, drop by the Christkindlmarket at Union Station

The Nuremberg Christkindlmarket is a popular Christmas market that originated in Germany in the 1800s. Its roots lie with the German market of the same name and has now become one of Chicago’s most iconic festive traditions. Every year, there are stalls full of handmade gifts, mugs, schnitzels, and more. The original seasonal festival takes place on the plaza at Daley’s early November to December 31st and during the year a smaller family friendly version can be found in Wrigleyville.

For a tree-lighting parade: Magnificent Mile Lighting Festival

To kick off the holiday season, Chicago hosts a free two-day festival of lights that includes holiday-themed activities, trade shows, and more at the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Attendees especially love the tree lighting ceremony, fireworks display, and parade route that takes place on the acclaimed Magnificent Mile. The festival features grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse plus appearances by Santa and other famous holiday characters.

For the whole family, the ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is an enjoyable and festive experience

To help make your holiday festivities extra special, head to the Lincoln Park Zoo this December and enjoy animal encounters, arts and crafts, live ice carving and a pop-up bar serving spiced wine. The event is free on Monday nights and it only costs $5 for adults to attend.

Adults-only winter festival in Chicago: Chicago Winter Wine Fest

In addition to the winter festival, the Chicago Wine Fest offers a one-day get-together for those 21 and up. Put on your best sweater and join other wine enthusiasts during their tasting event. They offer light snacks, live entertainments, and wonderful wines from around the world. Tickets feature wine tastings with handpicked premium options for those who want to explore the types of wines available. For the VIP ticket holders, it’s an opportunity to beat the crowds in getting one-on-one conversations with representatives who can answer any questions that might come up about these premium wines.

An event that is worth celebrating: Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration

New Year celebrations in China are known for being colorful, extravagant and for having several events throughout January and February. Uptown United features a Lunar New Year Celebration on Argyle Street each winter that features cultural performers from different backgrounds, high-quality vendor choices, and community groups from all over the city working together to innovate change. In addition to this event, the Chinatown neighborhood hosts an annual parade with lion dancing teams, floats, marching bands and more. Check out the city’s tourism website for more details on these events.

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Michaela is a traveler at heart. She loves to explore new places and learn about different cultures. Her travel blog is a place for her to share her experiences and tips with other travelers. She hopes to inspire others to explore the world and see all that it has to offer.

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