Broker Blog: Chicago Area Holiday Events

It’s crazy to think it’s officially the last month of 2021. With all of the holidays in December, you may be busy decorating, preparing meals, or buying gifts. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the holiday prep work that we forget to take some time to enjoy the fun events that only happen once a year! Here’s a list of some fantastic activities in the Chicago area you can partake in on your own or with a group of friends.

Evanston Tree Lighting

When December 4th, 2021 5-7:30 pm

Where Evanston Fountain Square

Bring the family to meet Mayor Bliss, Santa, and Mrs. Clause for an evening filled with fun and holiday cheer. The Evanston Children’s Choir, Northwestern Purple Haze, and The Actors Gymnasium will perform live entertainment. There will be hot chocolate, cookies and other goods available for purchase during the event that is sponsored by Fulton Grace


Skokie Ice Skating Trip 

When December 20, 2021 11:00am- 4:00pm

Where Oakton Community Center/ Maggie Daley Ribbon 

Planning a trip to the city can be a hassle with traffic and parking logistics. A group at the Oakton Community Center has organized a stress-free ice skating trip to the Maggie Daley Ribbon. The fee includes staff supervision, round-trip transportation, skating, and pizza at Giordano’s. It’s a great option for working parents who are looking for something fun for their children to do over their winter break.


Willow Hill’s Winter Magic Drive-Thru Christmas Lights Event

When Nov. 20- Jan. 2, 2021 4:30pm to 10:30pm 

Where 1350 Willow Rd

Northbrook, IL 60062

Pack up your car and drive over to Northbrook for Willow Hill’s first-ever drive-thru Christmas lights event. This family-friendly celebration will feature over one million lights on various displays like snowmen and penguins, decorated tunnels, and 50 Christmas trees. The event runs seven days a week and one ticket is good for an entire car-full of people. 



When Nov.19-Dec. 24 Times Vary

Where Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St

Chicago, IL 60602

This German-inspired holiday market is a Chicago winter classic. After going virtual in 2020, the event has returned to Daley Plaza for over a month. Sip some spiced glühwein out of the market’s famous boot mugs as you venture through the rows of vendors selling handmade gifts. For anyone who is unable to attend, the market will still have a virtual component that allows people to order their gifts and goodies online.


Light Up the Lake

When Nov. 25- Jan. 2, 2021, Times Vary 

Where Navy Pier

This 170,000 square-foot winter wonderland has activities for children and adults. With a holiday beer garden, kiddie train rides, ice skating, and a gift market– there are plenty of ways to stay entertained. There are more than 600,000 lights on display, making it the Chicago area’s largest indoor light show. Each ticket to this event includes a ride on Navy Pier’s iconic Ferris wheel with enclosed and heated gondolas.


Blog By: Melody Rosin  847-650-9395

Raised in Chicago’s South Side, then later raising her own family in Chicago’s North Suburbs, Melody Rosin spent nearly three decades working for United Airlines. Recognizing a need for change, Melody transitioned to real estate. With over 15 years under her belt, you can count on Melody as a seasoned and insightful agent. Among the benefits of the career switch was the ability to face new challenges in the city she has known her entire life. She gets to work with a plethora of individuals all seeking their dream home, especially in and around Evanston.



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