Five Festive Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Chicago This November

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And just like that, the holiday season is upon us. From holiday parties and family gatherings to shopping excursions and other family traditions, the next two months define hustle and bustle. Are you ready?

Those calendars tend to fill up pretty quickly, particularly as the countdown to Christmas intensifies. With that in mind, here are a few festive activities you don’t want to miss in November:

The Great Tree lighting

A holiday tradition in Chicago for more than 100 years, the lighting of the “Great Tree” will occur on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Macy’s State Street, 111 N. State Street. There will be all sorts of festive fun for families and friends to enjoy throughout the day leading up to the main event. Standing 45-feet tall and hanging from the ceiling, the tree will be on display in the historic Walnut Room through Sunday, Jan. 7. It features more than 2,000 ornaments and 6,600 sparkling lights and is respected as a signal of the holiday season in Chicago for decades.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Explore rich holiday traditions from all over the world while creating traditions with your friends and family at Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, 5700 S Lake Shore Drive.

The event has roots dating back to 1942, when a single tree stood in the museum. Now, the annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by more than 50 trees and displays. Everything is decorated by volunteers to reflect cultural adaptations of the holiday season throughout the globe.

The event will be open from Thursday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 7.

Downtown Festivities Nov. 17 and 18

Friday, Nov. 17 is a big day for the downtown area, with the 104th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony happening at 6 p.m. at Wrigley Square at Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street.

Elsewhere, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park opens at noon, with skating continuing through early March, and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival runs from 4 to 8 p.m. at 401 N. Michigan.

Festivities continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, all leading up to the Magnificent Mile Parade at 5:30 p.m., with fireworks to follow.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Kicking off at Congress and heading north to Randolph Street, the Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.

This year marks 84 years of holiday tradition, including giant balloons, marching bands and equestrian units and performances by local and national talent alike. The second largest parade in the country is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators.

The Wreathing of the Lions

The Art Institute of Chicago roars into the holiday season with its annual Wreathing of the Lions festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24. The event features live music, free hot chocolate and other activities throughout the day in and outside the museum, 111 South Michigan Ave.

Click here for a full list of all of the exciting things happening in Chicago this November.

Because at Scio, we believe in the importance of community. We support local businesses and enjoy engaging in a variety of events and festivals. We live smarter – together.

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