Top 10 Christmas Events in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois
The following are 2016's “Top 10 Christmas Events in Chicago & Northern Illinois”—that don’t include Santa Claus. These are are all major local happenings and are some of the preeminent events of the Christmas Season that any family or visitor is sure to enjoy. Also—take a look at the "Top 10 Santa Events in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois".
A Christmas Carol - Goodman Theatre Chicago
170 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601
A Christmas Carol Days and Show Times 2016
Saturday, November 19th through Saturday, December 31st, 2016
Show Days and Times - For performance days and times go to the following link
Admission: Ticket prices vary click on this box office link for prices and availability.
It’s hard to believe, Goodman’s production of the Dickens’ classic has been a highlight of the area's Christmas season for thirty eight years. Both children and adults are sure to delight in this timeless favorite which has become a cherished Chicago tradition.
Apollo Chorus of Chicago Handel’s Messiah Harris Theater
205 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
The Apollo Chorus Performance Dates and Times 2016
Saturday, December 10th at 7:00pm
Sunday December 11th at 2pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary - click on this box office link for individual Messiah tickets and availability.
The Apollo Chorus is a hallowed Chicago institution that has dazzled audiences for 143 amazing years. This 115 member, totally volunteer choir’s annual pièce de résistance is Handel’s Messiah. With only two performances, one at Orchestra Hall and the other at Harris Theater, tickets are a scarce commodity. This is a rare opportunity to participate in a revered local event.
Caroling at Cloud Gate - Millennium Park Chicago
201 East Randolph Street between Michigan & Columbus Avenue’s
Chicago, IL 60602
Caroling at Cloud Gate Days and Times 2016
In 2015 this event opens on Friday, November 25th and runs every Friday evening through December 16th.
Admission: Caroling at Cloud Gate is a FREE CHRISTMAS EVENT
Caroling at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park doesn't require expensive tickets. You don’t have to plan ahead of time, or stand in line—just show up on a Friday evening during the holiday season, November 27th through December 18th. This is your chance to enjoy truly beautiful music from outstanding local Chicago choral groups. Different choruses are featured each week.
Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza
50 West Washington Street (between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Streets)
Chicago, IL 60611
Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza Days and Times 2016
In 2016, this event opens on Friday, November 18th and runs through Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th.
Open daily Sunday through Thursday 11 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 9 pm. Special hours - Thanksgiving Day, November 24th 11 am to 4 pm, Christmas Eve, December 24th, 11 am to 4 pm
Admission: Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza is a FREE CHRISTMAS EVENT
The Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza has become a special part of the Christmas season Chicago. This traditional market going back to its Nuremberg Germany origins is Chicago’s largest open air Christmas festival. There are carolers, choirs along with many other special events. Vendors offer classic German products and handicrafts plus a wide assortment of old world favorites including Gluehwein, a hot spiced wine, sauerkraut, sausages, German beer and more. While Santa isn’t part of the Christkindlmarket market you’ll find him close by in his House also on Daley Plaza. Also scroll down to the Naperville listing for The Christkindlmarket in Naperville.
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street at Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414 for a schedule of events
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Days and Times 2016
In 2016 this event opens on Thursday, November 17th and runs until Sunday, January 1st, 2017 and is open to the public from 9:30 am to 4 pm daily.
Admission: Regular museum admission prices apply - for details click on this link.
Christmas Around the World has been celebrated at the Museum every year since 1942. Today, more than seven decades later you’ll find fifty beautifully decorated trees and three crèches representing the birth of Jesus. In addition, for over ten years now the Holidays of Light has featured different customs, traditions and festivals celebrated by other cultures in various countries around the world. For example, you can learn about and experience Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Diwali. During the holiday season there are special performances through December. Check with the Museum for details.
Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Joffrey Ballet The Auditorium Theatre Roosevelt University 50 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605
Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker Days and Show Times 2016
Saturday, December 10th through Friday, December 30th, 2016 Performance times are 7 pm and 2 pm. Go to this link to find the dates and times for all performances this season.
Admission: Ticket prices range from approximately $35 to $135 and are available through Ticketmaster or Joffrey Ticketing at (312) 386-8905.
Robert Joffrey's holiday favorite has enchanted Chicago audiences since1987. Enjoy a stunning production by America’s premier ballet company, which captures the hearts of both young and old alike with Tchaikovsky’s classic score and exquisitely performed by the Chicago Philharmonic. Outstanding dancers in fabulous costumes create a magical theatrical event bringing the celebrated story to life. The Joffrey company is joined on stage by local children's choruses and more than a hundred area dancers.
The Christmas Schooner
Mercury Theater Chicago 3745 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
The Christmas Schooner Performance Dates and Times 2016 Friday, November 25th through Friday, December 23rd
• Wednesdays at 7:30
• Thursdays at 3pm and 7:30pm
• Fridays at 8pm
• Saturdays at 3pm and 8:00pm
• Sundays at 3pm and 7:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary - tickets are not yet on sale for this event
The Christmas Schooner is a Chicago original—this enchanting production is based on the book by John Reeger with music and lyrics by Julie Shannon. Enjoy what has become a local holiday tradition. Learn about the heartwarming story of the ship and family that braved savage winter lake storms to bring Christmas trees from Northern Michigan to Chicago’s German community. The Rouse Simmons—known as The Christmas Schooner—sank in a violent storm in 1912. Delight in a true tale of love and loss.
The Vienna Boys Choir at Symphony Center Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center 220 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
Vienna Boys Choir Performance Date and Time 2016 One performance only - Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary - click on this box office link for prices and availability. Note: This concert is recommended for ages 8 and up; infants will not be admitted.
For one special afternoon, the Vienna Boys Choir which dates back over five hundred years, will usher in the area’s holiday season with what is sure to be a memorable performance. The concert begins with time-honored classics and winds up with holiday favorites and much beloved Christmas carols. This is one joyous recital you won’t want to miss.
Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Wonderland Express Days and Hours
Friday, November 25th, 2016 - Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Daily from 10am to 7pm - note: closes at 3 pm Dec. 2, 9 & 24
Admission: Tickets - Adult members $10; non-members $12 Children 3 to12 members $8; non-members $10; 2 and under free Seniors 62 & over members $8; non-members $10; Tuesdays are half-price.
Inside the Botanic Gardens Regenstein Center you’ll find the Wonderland Express, an amazing model railroad—one of the Chicago area’s favorite holiday attractions—created with all natural materials and decked out for the season with a million twinkling lights. Recreated are some of the best loved Chicago landmarks, historic buildings and sites which have been meticulously handcrafted, along with the sights and sounds of miniature trains wending their way through this enchanting 10,000 square foot exhibition. As part of the Wonderland Express exhibition the Chicago Botanic Garden features different Chicago area carolers and other special events during the season.
523 South Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540
Christkindlmarket Naperville Days and Times 2016
In 2016, this event opens on Friday, November 25th and
runs through Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th.
Open Thursday through Sunday
Thursday: 11am - 7pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am - 9pm
Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Special dates: Monday, December 23rd, 11am to 9pm
Christmas Eve, December 24th, 11 am to 4 pm
Admission: Christkindlmarket Naperville is a FREE CHRISTMAS EVENT
For over twenty years, The Christkindlmarket Chicago on Daley Plaza, has become the largest seasonal holiday market in the United States, attracting over a million visitors annually. In 2016 this beloved German traditional street market can be found in a new outdoor setting at the Naper Settlement. Christkindlmarket Naperville promises to grow into one most popular events in the area. Like its Chicago parent you’ll find wooden huts with candy-striped canopies loaded with German and European handmade ornaments and gifts. Enjoy scrumptious food, bratwurst and plenty of tasty delicacies, hot chocolate, authentic brews plus you can celebrate with Glühwein—hot spiced wine from Nuremberg, where the Christkindlesmarkt market originated in 1545. There will be plenty of old-world entertainment, brass bands, carolers and special performances throughout the season.