Novembers events that are FREE


The holidays are closer than ever and the stressful, yet exciting holiday shopping will begin soon. Don’t stress out, because there are plenty of free events going on throughout the Chicago-land area this month! Below are a list of family-friendly places that you can spend the day with your friends and family.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov. 17)

Gather around with your friends and family and many other Chicagoans on this festive night and enjoy this holiday tradition of lighting up the really tall, beautiful Christmas tree in Millennium Park.

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Christkindlmarkt (Nov. 17)

Beginning on November 17, experience the traditional German American Holiday Market! This European tradition has amazing vendors, merchandise, and events that you can check out and the admission is free!  

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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (Nov. 18)

This is a really exciting event for the kids. Experience Michigan Ave being turned to winter wonderland this holiday season to get you into the holiday spirit! Witness all the beautiful lights on Michigan Ave., an exciting parade, and fireworks! If you’re taking the “L” or the bus to get to downtown, don’t miss out on your opportunity to ride the Holiday Train/Bus!

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Thanksgiving Parade (Nov. 23)

Start off your Thanksgiving morning with your family by attending a parade! Experience some fantastic marching bands, giant balloons, amazing acts, and more!

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ZooLights (Nov. 24)

Beginning on November 24, celebrate the holiday by experiencing beautiful light displays, activities, and fantastic ice sculptures throughout Lincoln Park Zoo that’s free for all! They have many festive activities, including free crafts for children!

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