Make new family memories at Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lightscape, an after-dark trail illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights of every size, shape and color. Enjoy timeless favorites such as the “Winter Cathedral” and a reimagined fire garden, along with inventive new delights. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Celebrating more than 30 magnificent years on the Mile, the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is here to kick off the holiday season, Chicago style. This blazing weekend will encompass a ceremonial tree-lighting, festive experiences, family activities and the largest nighttime parade in the country. 625 N. Michigan Ave.
Jumpstart your holiday cheer with Amaze Light Festival at Tinley Park, featuring over one million holiday lights and outdoor activities for all ages. Guests are invited to indulge in light shows, write letters to Santa, train rides, tubing and much more. Refresh at the holiday market with merry eats and sips, including an onsite candy shop. 19111 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
This Chicago holiday tradition is back and brighter than ever at Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests are welcome to enjoy a selection of attractions and activities such as delicious holiday snacks, hundreds of themed displays, photos with Santa, a ferris wheel, an endangered species carousel and more. 2400 N. Cannon Drive
Immerse yourself in the wondrous Sparkle Light Festival at Impact Field in Rosemont this season. Millions of sparkling lights will populate five curated villages alongisde 3D displays, an ice tube slide and more. 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont
Winterland is back at Gallagher Way, hosting dazzling festivities from ice skating to wreath-making workshops to holiday movie screenings to a tree lighting ceremony and more. Stop in at Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville and Santa’s Workshop for family photo ops before relaxing at Hotel Zachary for refined seasonal comforts. 3635 N. Clark St.