Weekend Planner: Top 5 Family Events in Chicago / December 6, 7 and 8

The holiday season is in full swing, which always makes for extra fun (and packed!) weekends here in Chicago.

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8.

1. Do-Division Holiday Fest
Division St. between Ashland and Leavitt Avenues (Wicker Park)
Sat., Dec. 7 and Sun., Dec. 8; 11 am - 6 pm
Free admission

The West Town Chamber of Commerce and Wicker Park & Bucktown Chamber of Commerce invite shoppers to enjoy a festival-like atmosphere up and down the bustling stretch of Division St. in Wicker Park, between Ashland and Leavitt. At the free, family-friendly event, you can enjoy holiday shopping, live music, and holiday window decorations in store windows. You also can buy hot chestnuts, hot cocoa, warm mulled wine, and other festive holiday foods. At nearby LaSalle II Elementary School, kids can make snowmen and decorate wreaths.

2. Holidays on the Square
Logan Square (Check website for particular businesses)
Sat., Dec. 7
Free admission

On Saturday, you can celebrate Holidays on the Square in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Local businesses participating in the third annual event will offer holiday shopping deals, sweets, tastings and trunk shows. You also can enjoy a tree lighting, visit from Santa and more.

3. Julmarknad
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. (Andersonville)
Sat., Dec. 7 and Sun., Dec. 8
Admission is $2 per person

This weekend, the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville hosts Julmarknad. The annual crafts fair welcomes in the holiday season with Nordic flair with Swedish products, food and entertainment. Families should be sure to also stop by the on-site Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration to enjoy special crafts and games just for kids.

4. The Little Prince
Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. (Gold Coast)
Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013 - Sun., Feb. 2, 2014
Tickets are available for purchase online
(Appropriate for children 5 and older)

Lookingglass Theatre brings the popular French novella, The Little Prince, to stage in Chicago this winter. The production, produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium, "illustrates the story with fantastic characters and gravity-defying, awe-inspiring physical feats." It runs now through Sunday, February 2, 2014.

5. Winter WonderFest
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Fri., Dec. 6, 2013 - Sun., Jan. 12, 2014 (Check the website for hours)
Free admission; Activity wristbands are available for purchase online or at the event

This weekend marks the start of the 13th annual Winter WonderFest. For 37 days, Navy Pier is transformed into an indoor winter carnival loaded with rides, inflatable slides, train, ice rink, zip line, and much, much more. My family has gone for the last few years, and my sons always beg to go as many times as possible.

And, don't forget some of the other festive events happening in Chicago throughout the holiday season:

Christkindlmarket Chicago
Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. (Loop)
Tues., Nov. 26 - Tues., Dec. 24

CTA Holiday Train
Fri, Nov. 29 and Sat., Nov. 30; 1 - 8 pm
Weekends and select weekdays, Fri., Nov. 29 - Mon., Dec. 23

Holiday Hub
Block Thirty Seven, Pedway Level, 108 N. State St. (Loop)
Mon. - Sat., 10 am - 6 pm
Sun., 11 am - 5 pm

ZooLights
Lincoln Park Zoo, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Pkwy
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 6 - 8, 13 - 23, 2013; Dec. 26 - Jan. 5, 2014

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