Holiday Festivities

I love snow! The smell of it is amazing. The first snowfall always gets me excited for the holidays. And to get everyone in the holiday spirit, I've rounded up all of the wintery activities that are available in Chicago and other fun activities you can do in December. I'm also posting ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas schedule! This way you won't miss your favorite holiday movies :) 

1. Chicago Zoo Lights {December 4-6, 11-23, 26-31 & January 1-3 Hours: 4:30-9:00PM} - I love this tradition. The Licoln Park Zoo {which has free admission} decorates the entire park in Christmas lights and winter scenes. They also have festive holiday music playing throughout the park too! It's a great event to kick of the holidays by walking around the park with your spiced wine to keep you nice and toasty and potentially see some animals too! For more info: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/zoolights

2. Christkindlmarket {November 20 - December 24 Hours: Sun-Thur 11AM-8PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-9PM} - Another favorite. Held in the Daley plaza in Chicago's Loop, this German market is fully decked out in Christmas decorations and the food is amaaazing. Complete with spiced hot wine, brats, schnitzel and other tasty treats! If your looking for a special one of a kind holiday gift definitely check this out. It can be super crowded but if you go at an off time {super snowy or early afternoon} it's a wonderful time. For more info: http://www.christkindlmarket.com/

3. The Nutcracker {December 4-27} This will be my first year attending the Joffrey's performance of The Nutcracker! I used to go to the Nutcracker in Atlanta every year since I was in grade school. I haven't seen it live in about 4 years so I'm BEYOND excited! Also, for the folks in Atlanta, I highly recommend going to see the Nutcracker at the FOX. It's really fun and the theater is beautiful. For more info: http://www.joffrey.org/nutcracker

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4. A Christmas Carol {November 14 - December 27} Just like the Nutcracker, every year I went to see a production of A Christmas Carol in Atlanta. I have not been to Goodman's production yet since moving to Chicago but I've heard wonderful things. Hopefully one year I'll be able to make it! But if you're looking for a fun and dressy date night I highly suggest going to the theater. Whether that be for a ballet or play. Theaters are also decorated so beautifully this time of year. For more info: http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/1213/a-christmas-carol/ 

5. Ice Skating {Lincoln Park Zoo November 27 - February 28; Millenium Park December 3 - March: Maggie Daley Park Late November - Early March} I suck at ice skating. I've been about three or four times in my life and it's bad. Last year, not only did I fall but I fell in front of my fiance causing him to fall. I also somehow got into a slow spin move and almost took out a lovely lady that was behind me. Thankfully she knew what she was doing and steady me before I took us both down. Like I said it's bad. But for those of you who can skate and not kill anyone it's a lovely holiday activity! I also love the idea of outdoor skating rinks. Indoor just isn't the same. 

 
 

6. Christmas Cookies - My mom always baked tons of cookies for the holidays. For some reason Christmas time just screams cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. We always had Russian Tea Cakes and No-Bake cookies around our house. For my Christmas cookie I'm going to make more of these seriously awesome sugar cookies. I made for my best friend's baby shower and they were super soft and tasty. The dough from this recipe is a little too delicate to use your cookie cutters on but there is a link to a different recipe to make the dough a little bit denser so it can handle those snowman & Christmas tree cookie cutters. I can't wait to try that veresion but for now I'll just make cute round ornament cookies! I also love the tip of using a jar to flatten out the cookies into perfect circles. What a brilliant and simple idea! Full recipe here

7. Lunch at the Walnut Room {Sun-Mon 11AM-3PM, Tue-Sat 11AM-8PM} I have yet to do this but again I've heard great things. You can even have breakfast with Sanata! How awesome is that! For more info: http://macysrestaurants.com/walnut-room/

8. Christmas Around the World at The Museum of Science & Industry {November 19 -January 3} This is a really neat exhibit where holiday traditions from over 50 countries are represented! through their own decorated christmas tree! For more info: http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/christmas-around-the-world/

9. Winter Wonderfest {December 5 - January 10, Hours: Sun-Thur 10AM-8PM, Sat-Sun 10AM-10PM} Held at Navy Pier this festival has rides, attractions, Santa and more! Again, haven't done this one but it looks fun! For more info: https://navypier.com/pnc-bank-winter-wonderfest/

ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas can be found here: http://abcfamily.go.com/news/listing/all-shows/abc-familys-25-days-of-christmas-2015-full-schedule-free-movies-and-more

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Cheers and yay for the holidays!

 
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