Nov 19, 2021 - Things to Do
Navigating Chicago's holiday hoopla
Big Christmas tree
The Millennium Park Christmas Tree in 2019. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Like it or not, Christmas has arrived in Chicago before Thanksgiving — and more winter holiday events roll in this weekend.

  • Hey, we don't make the holiday rules, we just help you navigate 'em.
  • We'll have more tips on holiday events all month. Write to us with your by emailing [email protected]

Our picks for weekend tree lighting ceremonies:

If you go to Saturday's Festival of Lights Parade on Michigan Avenue:

  • Eat in advance or face long lines.
  • Think about taking public transportation.
  • Arrive early and bundle up.
  • Consider booking a hotel nearby.

Alternatives: Check out pre- or post-parade events like:

More merriment: The Christkindl Markets in Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville both open today at 11am.

Next week: Our complete guide to navigating more Chicago holiday events.

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