We are already in November, and I am sure most of us have already started planning things to do during this holiday season. Yup, holiday season has officially begins. Today, I have thought of few things to do in Chicago during November to welcome the holiday season 2017.
BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Location: Michigan Ave between
November 17, 2017 and November 18, 2017
Welcome holiday season by being part of the crowd at annual BMO Harris Magnificent Mile light festival. Event is scheduled to take place on November 17th and 18th.
This annual light festival features many family friendly activities featuring Tree-Lighting Parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida scheduled to start at 5:30PM.
Location: Daley Plaza
November 17, 2017
Plan on visiting Christkindlmarket which starts on November 17 this year. Enjoy the open-air holiday market through Christmas to enjoy German delights and crafts. You may be able to shop few gifts for Christmas at Christkindlmarket. It’s market featuring crafts and German food fair.
Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting
Location: Millennium Park
November 17, 2017
Get ready to take part in Christmas tree lighting ceremony held at Millennium Park. Considering weather conditions you can enjoy many other fun activities around the area. If you love ice skating then you can visit McCormick Tribune ice skating rink after this year’s 104th Chicago Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade
Location: Michigan Ave
November 23, 2017
One of the best family friendly activities for the Thanksgiving weekend. Family with kids can take advantage of this annual Thanksgiving Parade featuring large air inflated animals, live music and performances. I recommend you to get there early to get the right spot along the parade route
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo
November 24, 2017 and beyond
Perfect time to plan a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo with family. This year, Lincoln Park ZooLights will be turned on starting November 24th. There will be many family friendly activities such as photo with Santa Claus, rides and many similar activities.
Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Chicago Tour
Location: Refer bus pick up and drop off location
I know, downtown Chicago is challenging during winter. If you do not like to walk in cold weather then you can buy one day pass for hop-on hop-off bus tour to enjoy the Christmas lighting during holiday season. Big bus hop-on hop-off tours have several drop-off / pick-up location near top attractions. You ride the bus for few hours in downtown and get off near your favorite attractions to spend some fun time. Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour is included with Go Chicago Card purchase.
It’s perfectly fine to be lazy this Thanksgiving and plan a family dinner at one of the restaurants in Chicago or do carryout. If you are planning to dine out then make sure to reserve a table in advance to make sure you get the best thanksgiving meal at your favorite restaurant. Especially, restaurants offering thanksgiving meal menu tends to get reserved quickly.
Overall, there are plenty of things to do in Chicago during holiday season. I insist on planning a list of few things to do during holidays in advance to have more fun and joy this holiday season!
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