From spectacular light shows to festive-themed trains to annual world-ranking Christmas markets, there really is no place like Chicago for the holidays! Chicago is already a fantastic city, but add in a dash of holiday cheer, and it’s one of the best places in the world.
While we’re biased, Condé Nast Traveler seems to agree. The site recently released a list showcasing 32 festive cities worldwide that come alive during the holidays and Chicago has landed a top spot!
It really is one of the best places to spend Christmas with endless things to do, like the much-lauded Christkindlmarket, which recently ranked as the third best holiday market in the world.
There are endless light shows, like ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo, featuring changing tunnels of eye-catching designs, a towering Ferris wheel, and over 2.5 million LED lights. Other call-outs include Millennium Park’s 55-foot Christmas tree and a date at the Godfrey Hotel’s iconic heated igloos!
It’s really no wonder Chicago’s made the list as the city pulls out all the stops to make the holidays one of the most magical times of the year. There are other enchanting things– like the endless lights that coat Mag Mile, the sweet holiday decorations seen on local neighborhood homes, the exciting themed markets and bars, and the gorgeous ice skating rinks that pop up this time of year.
Other U.S cities on the list include New York City, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Kennebunkport, Maine, and Leavenworth, Washington.
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