FREE Christmas Fun Chicago with Kids

11/29/2016 by

Chicago is a wonderful place to be during the Christmas season especially if you can celebrate it with your children.  Sharing in their joy and wonder at the magic of Christmas is incredibly heart warming. Here is a list of the best free events in Chicago during Christmas.  Whether you are visitng Chicago from out of town with the kids or are planning a staycation and want to stay on buget add some of these events and activities to your must do list.  Bundle up and head on out.  In no particular order:


ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo 

Head over to the Lincoln Park Zoo for their annual Zoolights event.  There will be photos with Santa, free holiday crafts, 3-d displays, very cool live ice carving demonstrations, a musical light show and much more.  All for free! 




Pretzel Haus


Each year Daley Plaza transforms into an outdoor German market complete with stalls selling Knackwurst and Stollen.  Looking for a special ornament for your Christmas tree?  If you can't find the ornament you are looking for at one of the two shops at the Christkindlmarket then it just does not exist.  Visit Santa and snap some photos in the Santa House.  Listen to live music and much more.

See more photos of the Christkindlmarket.


Track Santa with the Official NORAD Santa Tracker -  Each day, a new game/activity is unveiled - sort of like a virtual advent calendar, and on Christmas Eve, kids can see Santa's trek around the globe.  


     Santa's Phone Number       

This is very cute! Call the number below, and your kids will hear a recorded message from Santa and can leave a message for him.

Santa's Phone Number: 951-262-3062



Free 4x6 photo with Santa

 Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

From now until December 24th Bass Pro Shops is offering free 4x6 photo with Santa.  Each day there are free crafts, free games, there are trains, a laser arcade, slot car racing offered throughout the day.  And this one you don't need a coat and hat for.



Festival of Lights at Cosley Zoo 

The zoo will be decorated with 20,000 twinkling lights making the zoo into a winter wonderland.  The lights will be on each and every day  until December 30th.  Not only can you visit with the animals, gaze in awe at the beautiful lights but you can also buy your Christmas tree and wreath at the zoo.  Entrance to the zoo is FREE during Festival of Lights.


Santa Suite athte Swissotel in Chicago

Your invited to tour Santa's suite for FREE.  The 41st-floor, 5 room, Presidential Suite is 

transformed into a stunningly whimsical display, decorated in the spirit and magic of the season, compete with 6 Christmas Trees, a table set for Santa and his reindeer & snacks and giveaways to spread good cheer.

Holiday Lights Train

Ride the traind for FREE past 250,000 lights & figures.  Enjoy FREE hot chocolate & popcorn at the Waterman & Western Railroad.


Free Ice Skating Lessons at Millenium Park 

Follow the link for more details. Ice skating is always free at Millenium Park.  Skate rental is avaliable.  


Aurora Festival of Lights - Car TourFestival of Lights Aurora

One of the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois.  Take a drive through a winter wonderland of animated displays, lighted tunnels, a forest full of lights.  Admission is FREE.

From now until December 27, 2015

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