Chicago’s holiday festivities start before Thanksgiving

Holiday festivities vary from family to family. Many little children are already counting the days till Santa descends the chimney with his bag of toys. Even those who aren’t making the long list of wishes and can’t live without smile when Chicago’s holiday festivities begin. Whether snow has dusted the lakefront or a brisk wind chills the city, Chicago’s holiday festivities are fun for the whole family.

Here are a few activities the weekend before Thanksgiving that will delight the whole family.

Chicago Toy and Game Fair

Holiday festivities - Chicago Toy and Game Fair
Holiday festivities – Chicago Toy and Game Fair

In the iconic Navy Pier, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair lets everyone enjoy the art of play. As the nations only toy fair open to the public, Chi-TAG, as it’s known, is the perfect place to try the season’s hottest toys and complete your shopping list on site. This year’s fair is held November 24 and 25 at Navy Pier.

 Festival of Lights

When the sun sets, Michigan Avenue becomes ablaze with millions of twinkling lights. The annual holiday festivities parade on the Magnificent Mile is a whole day long experience. The holiday festivities are always scheduled the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. The fun begins with concerts and celebrity appearances in the afternoon. The parade kicks off around 5 pm as Mickey and his friends lead the way down Michigan Avenue. When the parade ends, the celebration finishes with fireworks over the Lakefront.

¬†Macy’s on State Street windows and Walnut Room

Michigan Ave Festival of Lights activities
Michigan Ave Festival of Lights activities

Holiday festivities are built on tradition.Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields) has brought the holiday spirit to this epicenter of shopping. The historic State Street location is a wonderful place to pursue the holiday festivities windows. After a day of shopping, families enjoy a bite at the classic Walnut Room under the fantastically decorated Christmas tree.

These holiday festivities are just a few of the many activities that our family enjoys in Chicago. Come visit our city and make some holiday memories for yourself.

written by Cristine

Topic: Holiday Festivities in Chicago