Get in the Holiday Spirit at These Upcoming November Events & Festivities Happening Around Downtown Chicago

Posted by Leo Clark. on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 2:24pm.

It’s hard to believe November is half over and Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, but here we are. It’s also hard to believe that this year’s November’s weather feels more like January than late fall, but that’s another gripe for another time.

Like most months on the calendar, plenty of events and festivities are happening around Chicago in November, and more so in the second half of the month. So if you’re willing to brave the cold temperatures and hope to get out and enjoy what’s left of the “fall” season, here’s a closer look at several fun things agents in our office are excited about most in the coming weeks ahead.

November 15 - December 24 - The Christkindlmarket

The Christkindlmarket is back starting TODAY! A favorite holiday tradition for many Chicagoans, nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like a walk through Chicago’s Christkindlmarket.

November 22 - 23 - Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

If November 15 still feels a little early to feel the Christmas vibes, wait another week and check out the Mag Mile Lights Festival. As an annual parade that officially turns on the Michigan Avenue holiday lights, this is what usually kicks off the holiday season for most of us, and especially those who can’t pass up a good parade.

November 22 - January 6 - City Of Chicago Christmas Tree

No holiday season in Chicago is complete without a quick visit to the Millennium Park Christmas Tree, which looks absolutely stunning with the “Bean” and Chicago’s iconic skyline in the background. And don’t forget to check out the official lighting of the tree on November 22nd.

November 22 - 24 - Millennium Park Art Market

A collaboration between the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, the Millennium Park Art Market is a unique way to get some early holiday shopping out of the way while also supporting young student artists at the same time. Highly recommended!

November 29 - December 20 - Caroling at Cloud Gate

This year’s Caroling at Cloud Gate events will feature some of the city’s top choirs and will take place on the following dates:

  • November 29 - Sounds Good! Choir
  • December 6 - Mark Hubbard and The Voices
  • December 13 - Chicago Children’s Choir
  • December 20 - Wicker Park Choral Singers

November 29 - January 5 - ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Another Chicago holiday season tradition that never seems to grow old is ZooLights. Along with a stroll through the magnificent light displays, the ZooLights experience also includes warm spiced wine, frosty beers, tasty holiday snacks, and even an opportunity to take photos with Santa!

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