Two holiday attractions Chicagoans shouldn't miss

Two holiday attractions Chicagoans shouldn't miss

If you've read even a few of my blogs, you'd know that I'm not one for the mainstream tourist attractions. However, Chicago does have some great festivities to get you into the holiday spirit. (Or as much holiday spirit as a Jew like me can have.) Here are my two favorite holiday activities.

Zoolights kicks off on Friday! At 4:55 p.m. the zoo will host a lighting ceremony at the sea lion pool, turning Lincoln Park Zoo into a wonderland that will make you feel like a five-year-old. The whole zoo is filled with beautiful light displays and holiday music. Don't miss the light/sound show in the middle of the zoo. It's coordinated like one of those Disney shows. You can also check out carousel rides and ice carving. Admission is free and the first 1,000 people will get "holiday glasses" to enhance the lights. The only thing that would make it more magical is if we could get rid of the children...

The Christkindlmarket opened yesterday, and if you work downtown I would highly suggest stopping by during your lunch hour. Check our the fun vendors selling items like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, jewelry, candles, glass ornaments and wine accessories. Of course you can eat tons of delicious foods and beverages like brats, roasted nuts, candies, Gluehwein and German beers. You can also get Gluehwein which is gross, but you should still try it just to say you did. And here's the calendar of music events to help you plan your visit.

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