Where to see Holiday Lights in Chicago and other fun things to do in November

November is when Chicago gets to show off all of its holiday flair, so here are some great spots where you can see seasonal lights, along with other fun things to do in Chicago in November 2021.


The Christkindlmarket is a decades-long Chicago tradition, organized by the German-American Chamber of Commerce in the Midwest. This delightful, Christmas market features mulled wine, delicious food and their commemorative boot mugs. They have branched out to include a location at Wrigleyville brining a wider range of joy to the City of Chicago. There’s a kinder club for children, and you can also reserve a “stammtisch” or a table reservation in the heated timber haus for large families or groups. Each table accommodates up to 8 adults and is a great way to make sure you have a cozy environment for friends, family or a festive company outing.

Holiday Lights

Visit some of Chicagoland’s top spots for holiday lights!

Amaze Lights Festival in Rosemont – opens Friday, November 19th.

Chicago Botanical Garden Lightscapes

Lights Parade on Michigan Ave. – Saturday November 20th. Activities begin at 11AM, parade starts at 5:30PM

Morton Arboretum Illumination

The Wrigley Building Centennial Plaza holiday tree lighting ceremony – Friday, November 19th at 4PM.

Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo


Art on the Mart

The Great Chicago Fire Exhibition at the Chicago History Museum.

Dr. Seuss Experience at Water Tower Place

Lincoln Park Zoo – Return of the Lions. The lions have returned to the new Pepper Family Wildlife Center.

The Office Experience

Want to know about even more things to do? Visit Choose Chicago, Do312 or TimeOut Chicago for more fun ideas!

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