Cue Mariah Carey and Deck the Halls because the holidays are just around the corner and Christmas music will be playing on 93.9 MY FM starting tomorrow! And everyone knows once the radio starts airing our favorite holiday tunes, the season is officially in full swing – despite this year’s uncharacteristically warm weather.
There is truly nothing better than Christmas in Chicago. Aside from the below freezing temps, the Windy City comes to life with holiday spirit. From the iconic and extravagant Window Displays on State St. to horse drawn carriage rides with hot chocolate down Michigan Avenue – no one does winter quite like Chicago.
With so many options, you have to whittle your list down to the must-sees. But how can you possibly choose?! Luckily, I’ve put together a list of my family-friendly favorites for you guys!
Without further adieu, I give you My Chicago Bucket List: Holiday Edition.
The Swissôtel Chicago Santa Suite
On the 41st floor of Chicago’s Swissôtel, Santa Clause has made the Presidential Suite his official Windy City home-away-from-Pole this holiday season. From December 3 – December 23, there will be guided tours of the magical Santa Suite conducted by Santa’s elves, a letter-writing station for leaving holiday wish lists, complimentary treats, and a sweet keepsake for all of the children on the Nice List!
For more information: call (312) 268-8235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Around the World at Museum of Science & Industry
Full Disclosure: The Museum of Science & Industry might be one of my favorite places of all time! I have been visiting the Christmas Around the World Exhibit for as long as I can remember and I hope my kids can pass this tradition on to their little ones too. The Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree is surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees and displays presenting the cultures and holiday traditions from around the world. It is seriously breathtaking.
For more information, visit: msichicago.org
Chicago Helicopter Experience: Holiday Lights Helicopter Tour
Buckle up and prepare to see the city of Chicago from Santa’s point of view! Chicago Helicopter Experience has taken the holidays to new heights. The tour will feature sky-high views of the glittering lights along the Magnificent Mile, the festive Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, the towering Christmas tree and lights at Millennium Park and the iconic, sparkling Chicago skyline and lakefront. Santa might even make a surprise visit on your helicopter ride!
For more information, visit: chicagohelicopterexperience.com
Brunch at Macy’s Walnut Room
The world famous Walnut Room has been a Chicago tradition since 1907. Enjoy a delicious brunch and sip on hot chocolate while sitting around Macy’s Great Tree. Standing at 45-feet tall, the Great Tree is adorned with 42 LED star ornaments ranging from 18 inches to 30 inches across along with other more traditional holiday ornaments and twinkle lights.
For more information, visit: macysrestaurants.com
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
The Chicago Theatre has brought America’s favorite holiday story to life for one weekend only! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical practically transports audience members into the classic movie as our most beloved arctic puppets are brought to life. Enjoyable for the entire family. Get your tickets now!!
For more information, visit: thechicagotheatre.com