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Local Holiday Experiences to Love

As the holiday season approaches, it's time to start planning for special moments that will create lasting memories for the whole family. This year, why not step away from the traditional festivities and explore unique experiences that will bring excitement and joy to everyone? From enchanting parades to interactive learning activities, there are countless ways to celebrate the holidays in a way that is truly unforgettable.


The critically-acclaimed holiday classic highlighting Chicago’s famous World’s Fair of 1893 returns for 25 performances, December 2 – 27, 2023 The Joffrey Ballet's critically acclaimed reimagined classic, The Nutcracker by two-time Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, returns to the Lyric Opera House, 20 North Upper Wacker Drive.


The Rhapsody Theatre welcomes world renowned magician Jamie Allan in AMAZE. In a triumphant return to the Windy City following his record-breaking residency at the Harris Theatre, Jamie Allan unveils his latest marvel, “Amaze”, exclusively at the Rhapsody Theatre in Chicago.


Now a beloved Chicago tradition, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit.


A winter celebration that promises to illuminate Chicago's top lakefront destination. Navy Pier is excited to present a reimagined Light Up The Lake, the largest indoor and outdoor holiday experience in Chicago! Join us for a winter celebration that promises to illuminate Chicago’s top lakefront destination.


Now on stage at Drury Lane, Cinderella enchants audiences with its timeless tale of life and love. Experience the classic Rodgers + Hammerstein adaptation of Cinderella this holiday season. Featuring the beloved songs “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” this magical musical is sure to entrance families of all ages.


Visitors to the inaugural “Christmas at Cantigny” celebration will experience dazzling light installations throughout the gardens and grounds of the 500-acre Wheaton. Watch for exciting “pop up” attractions and activities during the festival, including photos with Santa and caroling groups. A temporary ice-skating rink outside the Visitors Center will stay open all winter.


This annual holiday market offers a festive and magical experience. Happening at Daley Plaza in Chicago, RiverEdge Park in Aurora, and Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville. Enjoy traditional German food, beverages, and unique gifts from various vendors. The market features special events and activities, creating a joyful atmosphere for people of all ages. Admission is free, and it will run from November 17 until Christmas Eve.


This fantastical musical at The Paramount Theatre in Aurora follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join four other Golden Ticket winners to tour the magical and mysterious chocolate factory of eccentric “Candy Man” Willy Wonka. When the factory gates are opened, experience the lifechanging journey through a world of “Pure Imagination,” revealed with Wonka’s army of curious “Oompa-Loompas.” Who will win the lifetime supply of chocolate? Step behind the gates and discover what awaits.


Enjoy two million twinkling lights, immersive displays, live entertainment, and Santa Claus! Interactive displays and lights include holiday magic photo ops, entertainment, roaming carolers, ice carving, Elf Power virtual reality experiences, the carousel and more!


It's no lie that Taylor Swift is everywhere, including, in the local news ever since a Naperville family put its own spin on the holiday season by decking their home with all things Taylor Swift for the holiday season. Head over to the Scott household located near Atlas and Tupelo in Naperville to see the unique suburban light display for yourself. It's true magic! Are you ready for it?

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