Type: Sightseeing, Tours and Excursions
Things to Do in December: Explore the city's iconic seasonal landmarks, such as the Macy's Holiday Windows, Christkindlmarket and Lincoln Park ZooLights for an easy way to take in the magic of the holidays. Just get yourself and your crew to the John Hancock Plaza Tree (875 N. Michigan Avenue), and board a festively-named and decked out trolley. The first stop is at Sprinkles Cupcakes for a complimentary handcrafted cupcake to nosh as you careen down the Magnificent Mile and its glittering lights and scurrying shoppers. Throughout the 2 � hour lightly narrated tour, you'll breeze by Macy's Holiday Windows and make stops at the German-inspired Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza and Lincoln Park's ZooLights. The Holiday Lights Tour runs through Dec. 23 and costs $29 for adults, $18 for children. Visitors might like the Holiday Lights Tour + 3-Day Hop On Hop Off Ticket for $49/adult and $25/child.
Tours and Excursions: What better way to learn about a city than on a tour? Chicago Trolley Company offers an informative, entertaining method of experiencing Windy City history. Twelve stops are included, and sites feature everything from the origins of the Great Chicago Fire to current architectural wonders. Since trolleys pick up and drop off every 30 minutes or so, you can purchase an all-day pass and come and go as you please. The entire 13-mile loop takes two hours if you go straight through.
4400 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60609
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Things to Do in December: "A limited number of tickets may be available on the day of the tour at the Hancock ticket booth (Delaware and Michigan Ave) but advance purchase online is a guarantee for seating."
Best for Things to Do in December Because: The Holiday Lights Tour allows you to eyeball famous winter landmarks without having to drive, hail cabs, park or walk in the fierce weather.