Winter Break Fun: What You Can Do This Holiday Season

By Rhema Glover (Staff Reporter)

Winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean you have to be indoors all season. Events will be held in Chicago throughout the winter break, keeping you entertained and on your feet.

There will be performing arts, festivals and exhibits for Chicago residents to enjoy until January of 2019. Invite family and friends to create delightful memories with Ballet Chicago by going to see “The Nutcracker” at the Athenaeum Theatre from Dec. 7 to Dec. 16.

Starting Dec. 15, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater will be performing “An Inspired Past. A Jubilant Future” at the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts for its annual season featuring Parallel Lives, a world premiere that’s inspired by poor, hard working women, for free. The performance is choreographed by Gary Abbott.

You can also spend time sightseeing, with no interruptions, while your younger relatives have a jolly time in Kids Cookie Camp hosted by Sitters Studio in Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. Sitters Studio is a childcare agency staffed with professional artists; providing kids a creative outlet while having high quality care. Children can spend the night every weekend until Dec. 15 with a complimentary breakfast buffet for the family the next morning with a 90 dollar overnight package. This package is already paid for from the 225 dollar admission ticket. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

After camp, the family can head to The Brookfield Zoo to have breakfast with Santa in the Discovery Center. Children under 3 years of age are free, children 3-11 cost 21.95 dollars and adults is 29.95 dollars. Enjoy Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s company on the weekends until Dec. 16.

The Chicago French Market will host a free “Jinglefest” with food and gifts from 12:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. on Dec 15. There will be over 30 vendors partnering with the Chicago French Market to provide exclusive deals and dishes for the locals along with a balloon twister for the little ones.

Holiday fun is all throughout Chicago and that’s only a handful of the countless activities that the Windy City has to offer. If you would like to take a step out of the holiday spirit, then there are plenty of events to meet your needs.

For example, the rock band “Greta van Fleet” will be performing live in Aragon Ballroom from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16.

You can also enjoy a play by Isaac Gomez called “La Ruta”, which discusses the real testimonies of the resiliency of Mexican women in a  musically inclined performance. This play consists of an all-women cast and is devoted to spreading the word of Mexican female oppression in a way everyone can comprehend. This performance will be held in Steppenwolf Theatre Company from Dec.13 to Jan. 27.

To top it off, sports fans can still enjoy the holiday season with the sports events that are on the rise. You can watch the iconic Chicago Bulls play against the Orlando Magic at the United Center only four days before Christmas, Dec. 21.

This is only one of the many games that will be held for the sports season this month.  Cruise to the end of your year on the “The Eve Dinner Cruise” located at the Spirit of Chicago on Dec. 30 for 79.90 dollars. This fabulous cruise has a holiday buffet with vibrant entertainment and a beautiful glimpse of the city skyline.

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