By John Mederich

Winter chills may be giving you the blues, but cheer up because there are plenty of holiday festivities to keep you entertained for the whole season! Traditional winter events include Christmas caroling and tree lightings, but there’s more where that came from! Get off the couch and light up your holidays with one of the many events Chicago has to offer.

Caroling at Cloud Gate
Warm up your spirits with some holiday tunes at Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate. The Wicker Park Choral Singers will perform at 6 p.m. Friday. Admission is free and complimentary beverages are provided by Caribou Coffee.

Macy’s Great Tree & Holiday Windows
Check out the lights on Macy’s massive 45-foot tree while dining in the famous Walnut Room. Dining price varies but you can gaze all you’d like at Macy’s Great Tree for free. Head on down to 111 N. State St. for a spectacular sight!

‘The Nutcracker’
You wouldn’t want to miss this twisted edition of “The Nutcracker” at the House Theatre of Chicago. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Student admission is quite a bargain at $10.

‘Oops! I Christmassed Again’
This version of “A Christmas Carol” depicts Britney Spears in place of Ebenezer Scrooge as she encounters the ghosts of Madonna, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber—who all try to convince Britney to regain her stardom. This Christmas comedy is featured every Friday at 11:59 p.m. at the ComedySportz Theatre. Admission is $10.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
The Museum of Science and Industry features a phenomenal Christmas exhibit that highlights different ethnic holiday celebrations. General admission is $15. The exhibit is on display until Jan. 8.

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