While many fear the onset of winter, November and December have always been two of my favorite months. I love the festive holiday cheer of hot chocolate, Christmas lights and plenty of holiday parties to attend.
The holiday season is one of Chicago’s finest, providing tons of fun, free events for people of all ages. Although Chicago can get pretty (read: extremely) cold this time of year, there will be no shortage of people out and about when our favorite city transforms into a winter wonderland.
This upcoming weekend marks the opening weekend of ice skating in Millenium Park (#2) and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (#1). Ice skating with friends and family is one of my best winter memories, and I can’t wait to get out on the ice. On Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Michigan Avenue will be officially lit for the season, so join hundreds of other Chicagoans to celebrate this annual event. (Skating is free – you only pay for skate rental.)
Last, but definitely not least, Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo (#3) opens this Thanksgiving. The park turns from ordinary zoo to holiday haven and is one of my most favorite things about the holiday season! Get out and help spread the holiday cheer by participating in one of the many activities the city has to offer.