This post was updated on December 3, 2018, with information on Lakeview holiday events in 2018.
The holidays are in full swing in Chicago. The weather is getting colder and holiday decorations can be seen throughout the city. For those who live in the Lakeview or Lincoln Park/a> neighborhoods, you don’t need to go far to enjoy some great holiday festivities. Below are some upcoming holiday events happening in Lakeview and Lincoln Park.
A holiday tradition for 24 years, ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun, free way to celebrate the season. Enjoy luminous light displays and family-friendly activities throughout Lincoln Park Zoo. Features include 3D displays, ice sculpting, musical light shows, photos with Santa, and more.
ZooLights is happening now and lasts until January 6. It is open most days, but check their web site for special adult-only days and days when it may be closed.
Wrigleyville Winter Wonderland will feature four heated geodesic domes, that welcome visitors with unique, fun and interactive seasonal experiences. The domes will include the following: Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Surf Shack, Ice Cave, and Christmas Wonderland. In addition to the domes, there will also be activities and events throughout the weekend including snowboard demonstrations from W82, artwork projected on buildings around Wonderland, crafts for kids and an ever-changing 3D hologram Christmas Tree.
Wrighleyville Winter Wonderland will take place at 947 W. Roscoe, at the corner of Roscoe and Clark, Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 from 2 – 8 p.m. Admission is free and food and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Visit http://lakevieweast.chambermaster.com to learn more.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of this popular Chicago tradition. Each year, holiday revelers are greeted by none other than Santa Claus, live and in person. Santa welcomes the audience and, accompanied by Music Box organist Dennis Scott, leads them in the singing of the most cherished Christmas carols of all time. The lyrics are projected onto the theater’s screen so no one misses a chance to sing their hearts out. Then the audience sits back and enjoys a Christmas movie classic.
Some folks like to keep the music going and opt to see “White Christmas” so they can sing the timeless lyrics of Irving Berlin along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kay and Rosemary Clooney. Others prefer to cheer for Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and hiss Mr. Potter during a showing of the heart-warming “It’s a Wonderful Life”. And those truly filled with holiday spirit see both films!
The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N Southport. Visit their web site at www.musicboxtheatre.com for tickets, which range from $10-$24 depending on your age and if you’re seeing one film or both.