This past Saturday the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival marked the beginning of the holiday season in Chicago. Like any good Chicago festival there was food, entertainment, fireworks, shopping, and of course the lighting of the trees along Michigan Avenue. Thousands of locals and visitors came out to participate and get a jump start on holiday cheer.
If you missed the Lights Festival there are several more festivals and events around Chicago to help jump start your holidays. Another lighting ceremony occurs at noon on December 2nd, when Mayor Daley lights the Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree is located in the Daley Plaza, which also hosts the Chicago Christkindlmarket, a German holiday market with food, drinks, and holiday crafts. And as long as you’re downtown, head over to State Street for some shopping and make sure you stop at Macy’s to take a peek at their annual holiday window display. Or if you’re looking for a more active experience, try ice skating at the Millennium Park Ice Rink, where you can skate amid Chicago’s impressive skyline.
For classic holiday entertainment, check out the Rockettes at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the sugar plum fairy dance in The Nutcracker, and Scrooge bah-humbug in A Christmas Carol.
And if you’re more interested in pursuing winter-time activities, check out Mayor Daley’s Holiday Sports Festival from December 27 through December 29th, which includes demonstrations, fitness activities for children, classes, and tournaments. And if you’re looking for a less active activity, check out the Green City Market. This farmer’s market not only has produce for sale, but also fresh prepared food and cooking demonstrations.
Whatever your fancy, Chicago has something to offer you this holiday season. For more information on city events, visit the City of Chicago’s website.
Have a safe, happy holiday season from all of us at Kreisman Law Offices.