One of the best parts about the holiday season is the lights. Christmas lights tend to make people forget about the cold and look forward to early sunsets, especially in the Chicago area. Chicago has some of the best Christmas light displays in the country with displays even staying up until after Santa’s trip around the world. Below you can see our Continental Mitsubishi picks for the top Christmas light displays in the area.
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
December 2, 2016 – January 8, 2017
This year marks the 16th annual Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier and it’s shaping up to be the best yet. The event is Chicago’s largest indoor winter festival with an indoor ice-skating rink, Ferris wheel, carousel, inflatable slides and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Select Dates December 3 – 31, 2016
Go on a safari of Christmas lights at one of Chicagoland’s biggest light festivals of the season. The Brookfield Zoo features more than 1 million LED lights throughout the 216-acre zoo with scenes of animals and Christmas. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be at the light show as well as a model train display and ice carvings.
December 16, 2016 – January 2, 2017
The Chicago Botanic Garden features a model train and holiday light display each year with events throughout the season to help families enjoy Christmas a little more. The Wonderland Express display includes indoor snow, model trains, miniature Chicago landmarks, ice sculptures and thousands of glittering lights.
November 18 – December 24, 2016
Daley Plaza becomes Christmas town once a year during the Christkindlmarket. Inspired by the German Nuremberg Christmas Market, the event features authentic German cuisine, goods and decorations. Red and white huts fill the plaza decorated in twinkling garland and packed with spiced wine, strudel, sausage and other Christmas goodies.
Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour
To see as many of Chicago’s Christmas light displays as possible, check out the Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour. The trolley takes you on a two and a half hour ride through the Zoo, the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, State Street and Macy’s holiday windows.