The holidays are in the air all over Chicago as bright lights, festive décor and seasonal events take over the city, but perhaps no more so than Millennium Park, which is a great place to take it all in at once—especially if you are short on time or want to be joyfully overwhelmed with holiday spirit.
One of Chicago’s landmark parks and outdoor spaces, Millennium Park is the host spot for the city’s official Christmas tree; in fact, it’s the 106th tree to be designated by the city and decorated with thousands of dazzling lights. See it in all its glory any day of the week through January 5. If you happen to be in the park on Friday nights, December 6, 13 or 20, you can also take part in Caroling at Cloud Gate (aka the Bean) as local choirs join around the sculpture to sing seasonal tunes. December 6 brings Mark Hubbard and The Voices while the 13th offers the Chicago Children’s Choir and the 20th features the Wicker Park Choral Singers.
Millennium Park also offers ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink—as you loop around you’ll have a merry backdrop with the Christmas tree and all the downtown holiday lights in your midst. Skating is free but rentals will cost a small fee. Happy holidays!