Five Special Holiday Events for December 2014

Five Special Holiday Events for December 2014
Warm up with a brat and a beer at Chicago's Christkrindlmarket

You better watch out and you better get out soon if you are hoping to catch any of Chicago’s holiday happenings before they melt away just like Frosty.

Here are some of Show Me Chicago’s favorites for December 2014:

1. Caroling Tea at the Art Institute of Chicago

Get into the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 at a traditional Caroling Tea at the Art Institute of Chicago. This “tea” offers complimentary bites and desserts plus a cash bar for adults looking for something stronger than tea.  Reservations are a must.

You can register by clicking here or by calling 312 553 9675. The “Tea” takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the historic Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room.  $20 members, $25 nonmembers, $15 children 12 and under.

2. Holiday Bazaar in Bucktown

Shop ’til you drop at the Holiday Bazaar at the Rebuilding Exchange in Bucktown. The bazaar features music, shopping and cocktails. Or warm up with a brew from Gaslight Coffee Roasters. You’ll find a unique selection of gifts from vendors including Sobu Art, Co-Op Hot Sauce, FoundRe, and Pear Tree Preserves.

The free admission event promotes local shopping and a green economy. Friday, December 12, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., 1740 W. Webster Avenue.

3. Goodman Theatre and Second City improvise on A Christmas Carol

A Chicago tradition and a Goodman Theatre staple for years, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol gets a new look with an unprecedented mash-up of the original tale.  Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! by former Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort mixes up characters from the Peanuts holiday special, the Island of Misfit Toys and even Little Orphan Annie as only Second City can do. The show opens Wednesday, December 10 and runs through December 28. Click here for tickets and information.

4. Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza

A Chicago favorite, the Christkindlmarket has become as much a part of Chicago’s holiday season as the jolly old elf himself.  Now in its 19th year this charming European holiday market comes complete with candy cane stripped wooden huts and twinkling lights.

Visitors can bask in the holiday spirit with choirs, carolers and more while they browse art and handmade gifts and enjoy traditional German foods and beverages. Daily on Daley through December 24.

5. Welcome Yule! at the CSO

Another Show Me Chicago favorite, Welcome Yule! at the CSO kicks off its 2014 and final season Saturday, December 13.  The treasured holiday favorite features a full-length musical production with dancers, children’s ensembles, sing-alongs and appearances by beloved holiday characters along with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus in the beautifully-decorated Orchestra Hall.

This year’s production draws from Christmas history—the centennial of the famous “Christmas Truce” of 1914— a remarkable event that took place during World War I along the Western Front when British forces heard the familiar strains of the holiday carol “Silent Night” being sung by German soldiers and began to sing with their enemies.

Welcome Yule! will be presented on the following days: Saturday, December 13 at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, December 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 20 at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m., Monday, December 22, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, December 23 at 3 p.m.

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