Now that it’s November, everyone is breaking out the cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spiced EVERYTHING. Even though we’ve seen places with Christmas decorations since the beginning of this month, November officially marks the beginning of the holiday season and Chicago sure knows how to celebrate the holidays! Here’s our Guide for some of the festivities you can expect leading up to the Thanksgiving Holidays.
Daily Apple Cider-Raffaello Hotel
Right now at the Raffaello we offer complimentary hot cider in our lobby every afternoon. After a long day of seeing the sights, come back to the hotel to the smell of cinnamon and cider in the lobby!
Ice Skating -Millennium Park
The season kicks off with the opening of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium on November 13th! Admission is free, with $12 skate rental and free lessons in ice-skating, and noodle hockey for the kids! The skating rink will be open every day of the week with special hours on holidays.
The Christkindlmarket is a holiday tradition inspired by the Christkindlesmart in Nuremberg, Germany. The largest Christmas Festival in Chicago, you’ll find everything from hand-made ornaments to nutcrackers. You can’t forget about the tasty german treats like potato pancakes and Strudel. The market opens on November 20th!
Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights is a grand holiday parade on Magnificent Mile, that features holiday shopping, family fun in Lights Festival Lane, and the Tree-Lighting Parade marshaled by Mickey Mouse himself! The Festival of Lights is on November 21st!
102nd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
It’s been a Chicago tradition for more than 100 years to light a grand Christmas Tree to mark the holiday season in Daley Plaza. This year on November 24th, the city will be introducing a new tradition. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in Millennium Park near Michigan Ave and Washington Street intersections. The program will begin at 5:30pm and the lighting at 6pm.
Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
On Thanksgiving Day (the best holiday ever, depending on who you ask), kick off Turkey Day with the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning. Be entertained my Thanksgiving Parade staples like the International Horseman’s League, local marching bands, and exciting special guests appearances (don’t want to ruin the surprise)! The parade begins at 8am on Thanksgiving morning on Congress and State St.
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