Chicago turns into a magical land as the temperatures drop in the winter months. Celebrating Christmas in the wonder city? Put on your winter jacket and spend some fun time enjoying Chicago’s coolest events and activities in December.
Winterland at Gallagher Way
Located near Wrigley Field, Gallagher Way has a beautiful setting to offer the visitors and locals during winters. Of the various Chicago winter festivals, this setting in the Gallagher Way is the most scintillating. It is decorated with a holiday tree, an ice rink, events are organized in Hotel Zachary and you can have a great time at the Santa’s workshop. And the fun doesn’t end here! You get to go on skating lessons and learn the art of curling to skate with Santa on Thursday nights. Make sure you do not slip your hands off the Chimes at Gallagher Way. It is an engaging art exhibition demonstrating the chaos theory. Other exciting events in the area include holiday movies, wreath making and Santa’s workshop. Hotel Zachary, right across the street, brings sweet Teddy Bear Teas and Breakfast with Santa. You will be introduced a customized Hot Toddy menu in the month of December ideal for a cozy time by the fireplace. Better book your last minute flights today and be there for the New Year!
Old Town School of Folk Music
Not just the serious folk performers, Old Town School is popularized as a superb concert hall in the city for its variety of music shows such as the African music numbers to the entertaining holiday numbers. Wouldn’t it be soothing listening The Nut Tapper that forms holiday classic Nutcracker using the Spanish Flamenco, rhythms of tap and Mexican Zapateado. It is at this place that the Irish Christmas in America, features live song, music and dance with an add-on of humongous humor. Not a big fan of cheery holiday tunes? No worries, visiting Chicago in December also brings On Big Shoulders, Richard Thompson and Hot Tuna Acoustic. These are names of the best musicians in Chicago who have engraved a name in the city’s musical history. The area of Old Town School seems to be a musical fest during this month of winter. To know all the details about the shows and performances in December, check out their official website.
Hopewell Brewing Holiday Bazaar
After all the musical talks, here’s some good news for the shopaholics out there. Christmas and New Year can never be complete without holiday shopping and Chicago has some of the best markets like Hopewell Brewing’s Holiday Bazaar. Coming Saturday, on 15th December, explore the annual Holiday Bazaar from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, as it features great deals from the famous Bang Bang Pie, mixed media art, Hello Paper Company’s paper goods, exceptional vintage clothing; enamel pins and home goods. Once you have explored the craft brewery, take a stroll down the neighborhood lanes crowded with array of shops, venues and eateries.
Chicago Helicopter Experience
Out of the various things to do in Chicago in December 2018, a not-to-miss activity is the Chicago Helicopter Experience. Imagine alluring the city’s holiday lights and the exhilarating feeling as you mark the skyline on that helicopter ride. Also called CHE, Chicago Helicopter Experience offers both private and group tours of the entire city in its helicopters. Regardless of age, guests get to see the Chicago skyline just the way Santa does, the only difference is they need not wait for the Christmas Eve. The tour stars from the private heliport of the CHE in the city and reaches the shoreline offering the spectacular views of the stunning sites like Michigan Avenue, Willis Tower, Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, John Hancock Center and Millennium Park. The trained and knowledgeable pilots of the CHE’s helicopters narrate the entire tour.
Who said Wrigleyville turns dull after the month of October? As soon as winter set in, a pop-up Christmas Bar was opened this year from the Electric Forest. Starting from November till the first week of January, 2019, this place is expected to bring great bar experiences for the visitors. Get ready for some over-the-top Christmas decorations and multiple bar experiences like Brat Haus Beer Hall, Rudolph’s Elf Drive Bar, Santa’s Workshop, Alpine Village and Winter Wonderland. While you choose from the broad selection of holiday beers, Christmas classics and the 12 Christmas shots, Elves, Santa, Vixen, Abominable Snowman and Rudolph will be seen roaming in the space. Don’t just get blitzed, also order the mouth-watering Red Velvet Cakeshake and some Atomic Yule Logs (3 cheese sticks and Flamin’ Hot Cheeto crust, ariracha and cheddar dust). Cancel all the business deals, no matter if you have booked business class flights for the same. Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones in Chicago.
Along with the yummy food and exotic drinks, Santa Baby offers great experiences of Christmas Movie Mondays, karaoke, ugly holiday sweater contests, mistletoe kiss competitions and much more. It is an overall ticketed experience offering tickets at affordable prices.