December events that are FREE


It’s that time of the season where you’re spending a lot of money for the holidays. It’s time to put that on hold and go have some fun with your friends and family at a FREE event going on around the Chicago-land area!

Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Ice skating at Millennium Park has been going on for some time now, but it’s not too late to head over there now with your friends and family! Skating is FREE and open to the public. Pick up your skates and go have fun – just make sure you have a hand to hold so you don’t keep falling!

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Caroling at Cloud Gate (the Bean)

Is it really Christmas without the caroling? From 6-7pm on December 1, 8, & 15, you can watch choir groups carol at the bean and even join in on the sing-along on many, celebratory Christmas songs!

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“Christmas Around the World”

At the Museum of Science and Industry, you can experience “Christmas Around the World”. There are exhibits of over more than 50 trees displays that are decorated to represent cultures from across the globe! In addition, you can experience multiple cultural performances in their auditorium.

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Head over to Lincoln Park Zoo to experience the magnificent displays of lights and holiday-season activities all throughout the zoo celebrating the holidays. From live ice-sculpture carving, to jamming out to holiday music, to taking photos with Santa, there’s a lot you and your family can do!

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