Chicago Holiday Events: 26 Holiday Events From A to Z

Chicago Holiday Events: 26 Holiday Events From A to Z
Joffrey’s The Nutcracker runs December 5-28 at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre.

The 2014 Holiday Season is alive and well in Chicago with a sleigh full of events from A to Z. Show Me Chicago has put together a potpourri of happenings from ballet and hip hop to teas and bar crawls for holiday fun for all.

ANNIE brings some sunshine to Chicago when it comes to Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for a limited two-Annieweek engagement November 18 through 30.

Black Friday Sales and Shopping everywhere, November 28th. OR Bookamania at Harold Washington Library Center on November 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christkindlmarket, a Chicago favorite, comes to Daley Plaza on November 21 offering a festive open-air European holiday market featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German foods, choirs, carolers and more. It runs daily through December 24. AND Caroling at Cloud Gate (the BEAN) returns November 28th for the holiday season.

teadrakeDrake Hotel Holiday Tea. The Holiday Tea at the Drake Hotel offers a traditional celebration with high tea, a harpist,  and  “The 12 Days of Christmas” Carolers in the hotel’s elegant Palm Court decked out for the holidays. Saturday, November 15, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 140 E. Walton.

Ebenezer Scrooge Charles’ Dickens holiday classic Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge–a Chicago Tradition for years at the Goodman Theatre–returns November 15 through December 28.

From the Heart—a world premiere, based on The Gift of the Magi and A Christmas Memory by the Citadel Theatre Company, November 21 to December 21. 300 S Waukegan Rd, Lake Forest.

Garden in Winter. 750,000 twinkling lights welcome holiday visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden where they can take part in a variety of holiday activities including the Garden’s popular Wonderland Express made up of model trains traversing among holiday poinsettias and evergreens as they wind their way by more than 80 beautiful precise replicas of Chicago-area landmarks including Navy Pier, Soldier Field, Millennium Park and other iconic places. Glencoe, IL.

Holly Days at the Art Institute of Chicago. With the kids home from school and many of the big holiday happenings over, the AIC offers its annual Holly Days programming.  The event offers a host of family friendly activities beginning on Saturday, December 27, and continuing through Tuesday, December 30. 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Ryan Education Center.

Ice Skating at Millennium Park’s Ice Rink opens November 14 and the Lincoln Park Zoo’s rink opens November 28 through through March 1 (except Dec. 24 and 25).

Jerry Seinfeld, one night only, November 21st at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Des Plaines.

Kwanzza a 7-Day Celebration at the DuSable Museum features special programing and Daily Candle Lighting Ceremonies beginning at Noon. December 26 through January 1, 2015. 740 E. 58th Place.

Lights.  The 101st annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting kicks off the holiday season on November 25 in Daley Plaza at dusk.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the don’t miss holiday event for over one million visitors, signals the holiday shopping season with the lighting of the magical twinkling holiday lights along the Mag Mile, a huge parade, family activities, fireworks and more–all day on November 23rd.

Nutcracker. There are many productions of The Nutcracker throughout the city and suburbs but the Joffrey Ballet’s annual production of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker is the prince of the productions. It runs December 5 through December 28 at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre. The Auditorium Building (Adler and Sullivan 1889) itself, celebrating 125 years in 2014, is a special place on its own- a prince of culture and architectural glory. 430 S. Michigan Avenue.

One of a Kind Gift Show and Sale features handmade gifts in all price ranges from 600 juried artists selling handmade gifts at Merchandise Mart. December 4 through the 7.

Pixar in Concert at Symphony Center.  A delightful compilation of music and imagery from all 14 Pixar movies at Symphony Center from November 28 through 30 OR Porgy and Bess at the Lyric Opera House, November 17 through December 20.

Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol rocks the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare from November 19 through December 31. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a fresh take on the beloved classic, A Christmas Carol, developed with hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers and CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton.

ROOF on theWit will host what it calls “its most extravagant New Year’s Eve party ever” at their rooftop lounge located on the 27th floor of theWit Hotel. Guests will ring in 2015 with a a black and white themed celebration. Wednesday, December 31st.

SantaHouse, the new Santa House on Daley Plaza opens for visits November 25 through December 24th.

Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of Chicago’s biggest parades, steps off early on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, on State Street—from Congress to Randolph, 8 11 a.m. or on WGN television.  OR you can Twist Your Dickens at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre when Goodman joins forces with Second City to put on an improvised spin on the original Christmas Carol from December 5  through December 28.

UP Comedy Club presents the hilarious sketch comedy show Second City’s Holidazed and Confused focusing on—all that is right and wrong about the holidays. Holidazed and Confused Revue runs November 16 through December 31, UP Comedy Club,  230 W. North Ave.

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna at Symphony Center rings in the holiday season with the enchanting sounds of the Vienna Boys Choir when they return for their annual Thanksgiving performance on Saturday, November 29th at 3 p.m.

wreathinglionsWelcome Yule! at the CSO, December 13 through December 23. AND it wouldn’t be the holidays in Chicago without Annual Wreathing of the Lions on November 28 on the front stairs of the Art Institute of Chicago at 10 a.m.

Xmas Bar Crawl, the 12 Bars of Xmas, begins and ends at the Cubby Bear on the 13th day of December with food & drink specials at other Wrigleyville bars OR for some Xtra-special fun check out Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights at the Museum of Science and Industry. The Museum of Science and Industry’s 73rd annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light opens Thursday, November 13.

Your Blues: Michael Schmelling  Chicago puts a spotlight on its blues history with  Your Blues, by Michael Schmelling featuring Chicago’s music scene, focusing on the overlooked and off the beaten path music scene in a photo exhibition that includes the blues, psychedelic jazz, and house music as well as other major contributions to music. Now through December 14.  Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan.

ZooLights turns Lincoln Park Zoo into a Winter Wonderland with lights, music, ice sculptures, special activities and more.  Starting November 28, ZooLights runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through November 30 and again December 5-7- then nightly from December 12 through January 4 (closed Dec. 24 and 25). OR Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo features a million twinkling lights, a laser light show, a magic show, animal visits, and songs. December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

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