With all the turkey and holiday greetings over, we still have three more days of holiday break and some of us may be wondering what to do next.
Well, look no further. Here is a bucket list to cover an idea for a holiday trip this weekend. All events are available Friday-Sunday night, and continue throughout the season.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL
It’s opening weekend for the zoo lights, which means crowds, but also the first chance to see the lights this holiday season. Open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and free to the public, this is a great place to take the whole family. They are also offering photos with Santa, crafts for kids, holiday gift shopping and of course musical-light shows.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL
With an entrance of lights leading you to the gardens, this is a great place to get in the holiday spirit. Going through the gardens is a railroad, one that will empress most. On top of that, they have a replica of Chicago’s famous buildings. It’s a great way to “explore” the city, without having to walk around for hours on end. On top of that, they have a café to give you a break and a cup of cocoa. Tickets are $11, but they offer family packs on their website.
4611 N.Ravenswood Ave.,Chicago, IL
By now, most everyone has seen the classic Nutcracker, with the classic songs and beautiful dances. Most have seen it every holiday season since they were five. This show is a twist on all of this, because there is no ballet in the show. There is song and dance, but it is upbeat and keeps you engaged, even if you have seen the show 15 times. They also updated the script this year, so no audience member will see the same show they have already seen.
A Christmas Carol
170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL
This classic show is a great way to jump into the holidays. With tons of music, costumes and inspiration, this show is a must-see. Even if you have seen the show at other theatres, the Goodman Theatre brings the show to life and makes it a magical experience. With a set that awes and a cast that truly knows how to put on a show, they will not disappoint.
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL
The American Blues Ensemble is putting on this live 1940s radio broadcast for the 15th year in a row. In this show, they recreate the entire premise of the classic movie, even using the original score. It truly is a unique and wonderful experience. After the show, milk and cookies are served, making it a well-rounded show. It’s more than a play and definitely one worth buying tickets for.
By Jessica Lynk