surprise that Chicago tops the list of Illinois holiday attractions with annual
gems like the sublime Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza ... to
the awesomely spectacular Magnificent Mile Lights Festival along
holiday merriment, parades, craft fairs and light shows, plus
where to find choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms in our grand
tour of the Prairie State at Christmas time ...
Merry Christmas from Niles, Illinois!
DID YOU KNOW? Illinois Christmas fun facts
• No, you're not seeing things. The Leaning Tower of Niles is a half-size replica of the more famous tower in Pisa. It was built in 1934 by industrialist Robert Ilg as part of a recreation park for employees. Today, the Illinois town's landmark gets lit up like a Christmas tree just in time for the holidays.
• Elburn, Illinois is the place to be during the season for a spectacular light show put on by the Larsen family, who won first place in the ABC special "Great Christmas Light Fight" in 2013.
• One of the hottest holiday tickets in Chicago is a performance by the all-volunteer Apollo Chorus, the city's oldest seasonal show first established in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1871, and today most famous for its rousing rendition of Handel's Messiah.
More information about Christmas in Illinois around the Web:
Mile Lights Festival - a weekend-long event at the end of every November with family-friendly
fun and activities including stage performances, ice-carving contests,
and the lighting of one million lights along magnificent Michigan
Chicago - The traditional holiday market opening right
after Thanksgiving at Daley Plaza, and continuing throughout the
season with special German Christmas treats, music and entertainment.
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Around the World and Holidays of Light - At the Museum
of Science and Industry, beginning mid-November and through the
Christmas with more than 50 Christmas trees, colorful displays
and creches illustrating how the world decorates for the winter
Magic at the Brookfield Zoo - In addition to magicians,
carolers and celebrity story tellers, almost one million twinkling
lights bedazzle visitors each night throughout the season.
Area Holiday Events - The complete list including the
annual Santa Claus Parade, Poinsettia Show, Parade of Lights,
and holiday attractions nearby.