By Cailey Gleeson

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Fri 11.18 – Sat 12.24
Christkindlmarket Chicago
Chicago’s annual Christkindlmarket is the perfect place for the whole family. As you eat traditional German foods, browse the variety of gifts that the market offers while listening to carolers sing traditional Christmas tunes.
11 am. Free admission. Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington Street.

Thurs 12.1 – Sun 12.4
Holiday Lights Gifts and Crafts Fair
Looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for all of the special people in your life? The Holiday Lights, Gifts and Crafts Fair has got you covered! Finish all of your Christmas shopping in one trip at this event which features hundreds of vendors from across the country.
Times vary. Tickets start at $8. Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave.

Thurs 12.1 – Sat 12.24
Zoo Lights
The holiday fun returns to Lincoln Park Zoo this December for one of the most spectacular light displays yet. Other nightly festivities include live ice carving shows, photos with Santa and musical light shows.
4:30 pm. Free admission. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St.

Thurs 12.1 – Mon 1.2
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
Make lasting holiday memories with your loved ones as you walk through this mile-long path full of holiday lights. This magical display includes light dances performed to songs by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Times Vary. Tickets start at $9. Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53.

Fri 12.2 – Sun 1.8
Winter Wonderfest
Join family or friends for a day full of fun at Navy Pier’s 16th annual Winter Wonderfest. This year’s festival is comprised of 170,000 feet of endless rides and games that will put you in the holiday spirit.
10 am. Tickets are $23. Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave.

Thurs 12.1 – Sat 12.3
101WKQX The Nights We Stole Christmas
Alternative music lovers will be filled with the holiday spirit after attending this music festival that’s spread across three nights. Weezer, Cage the Elephant and Fitz & The Tantrums are just a few of the acts scheduled to perform.
7 pm. Tickets start at $38. Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave.

Sat 12.3
Jingle Paws
Calling all dog lovers! Enjoy a day full of puppies dressed in holiday attire as they hunt for treats and take photos with Santa.
Noon. Tickets start at $2. Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E Weathersfield Way.

Sat 12.3 – Sat 12.31
Holiday Magic 2016
The name “Holiday Magic” rings true for the 35th annual lights festival returning to Brookfield Zoo. It’s a perfect event for the family to celebrate the holiday season.
Times vary. Tickets start at $12.50. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St.

Sat 12.3
B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash
Who would’ve thought that Brittany Spears would ever be performing in the same concert as The Chainsmokers? The annual B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash brings artists from all genres―including G-Eazy and Shawn Mendes―together for a night of music-filled fun.
6:30 pm. Tickets start at $35. Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road.

Sat 12.10
Ugly Sweater Run
Brave the cold in your best ugly Christmas sweaters as you run―or walk―the merriest 5k of the year.
11 am. Tickets are $30. Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr.

Wed 12.14
103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball
KISS FM’s annual holiday concert tour makes its way back to Chicago this December. Rock out to acts like Ariana Grande, Tove Lo and the Backstreet Boys―plus a special appearance from One Direction’s Niall Horan!
7:30 pm. Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road. Tickets start at $30.

Fri 12.16 – Sun 12.18
Con Alt Delete
Join fellow Anime lovers for a weekend full of panels, cosplay competitions and exhibits. If that wasn’t reason enough to go, there’s unlimited free ramen and Mountain Dew for all attendees!
Times vary. Tickets start at $50. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave.




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