Event Calendar

Events in the next 3 days

  1. Christkindlmarket

    Chicago, IL Nov 17 - Dec 24

    This is the most authentic Old World Christmas market, with many German vendors who bring over toys, ornaments and sweets. There's a Children's Lantern Parade, appearances by the Christkind and entertainment most days. In Daley Plaza in the Loop.

  2. Holiday Fantasy in Lights

    Madison, WI Nov 18 - Jan 2

    The free display in Olin Park is open from dusk to dawn.

  3. Bentleyville Tour of Lights

    Duluth, MN Nov 18 - Dec 26

    Tour the retro-cool lighted decorations in Bayfront Festival Park, including a tree that dances to music, Dinosaurland and Penguin Park. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy popcorn, roasted marshmallows, cookies and hot chocolate. Everything is free, but bring one or more non-perishable food items (and/or cash) to donate.

  4. Thanksgiving Parade

    Chicago, IL Nov 23

    It's the 84th anniversary of the parade down State Street in the Loop. It starts at 8 a.m. at State and Congress and moves northward toward Randolph.

  5. Festival of Lights Parade

    Crystal Lake, IL Nov 24

    In this northwest suburb of Chicago, the holiday parade starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

  6. World-Famous Fish House Parade

    Aitkin, MN Nov 24

    The goofier the float, the better in this north-woods town, 12 miles from the north shore of Mille Lacs. There's music, food and a craft sale before and after the 1 p.m. parade.

  7. Holiday Stroll

    Red Wing, MN Nov 24

    This Mississippi River town offers horse-drawn carriage rides, reindeer sleigh rides, fire dancing and live penguins. There's a lighted parade at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

  8. Christkindlmarket

    Naperville, IL Nov 24 - Nov 26

    The Chicago Christkindlmarket has a satellite market at the historic Naperville Settlement, with visits from the Christkind, dance performances and a children's lantern parade on Kinder Tag.

  9. German Christmas Market

    Oconomowoc, WI Nov 24 - Nov 26

    This downtown market features vendors in outdoor huts as well as tents for music, German food, gingerbread-decorating and a beer garden.

  10. Holidazzle

    Minneapolis, MN Nov 24 - Nov 26

    The fourth year of a downtown holiday village will be in Loring Park and feature free admission, with entertainment that includes ice-skating, holiday movies and band and choir concerts.



  11. Christkindlsmarkt

    Excelsior, MN Nov 24 - Nov 26

    In this Minneapolis suburb on Lake Minnetonka, choirs and bands play for shoppers at a traditional German open-air Christmas market.

  12. Festive Friday Eves

    Cedarburg, WI Nov 24

    Five Christmas celebrations, each with a different theme, at Cedar Creek Settlement, a restored 1864 woolen mill in this historic village just north of Milwaukee. Each features live holiday music, crafts, luminaries, wine-tasting and cookies and cider.

  13. Holly Days

    Egg Harbor, WI Nov 24 - Nov 25

    This Door County village offers horse-drawn wagon rides, a children's elf hunt and mistle dough contest and caroling.

  14. Christkindlmarkt

    Monroe, WI Nov 24 - Nov 25

    The sale in Turner Hall is small, but this cheese-country capital still has one foot in the Old World. Father Christmas will appear, and homemade Swiss baked goods as well as folk arts will be offered.

  15. Free Day in Michigan State Parks

    All state parks, MI Nov 24

    Enjoy the outdoors and avoid the shopping frenzy by visiting one of Michigan's 103 state parks and recreation areas, where entry will be free. Parking at trailheads also will be free.

  16. Free Park Friday

    Every state park, MN Nov 24

    Hike off Thanksgiving dinner with free admission to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Black Friday.

  17. Lighting & Electric Parade

    St. Charles, IL Nov 24 - Nov 25

    There's Lighting of the Lights and music Friday and free horse-drawn sleigh rides, movies and Santa visits Saturday, with the Electric Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m.