Best December Events Around the South Loop to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start getting into the holiday spirit. If you’re feeling more Bah Humbug than festive and bright, we’ve found some great events that will help turn it around. December’s filled with reasons to be merry, and here are some of the best events around the South Loop to get you into the holiday spirit.

You’ll feel like a Scrooge if you miss the seasonal classic, “A Christmas Carol.” The Goodman Theatre brings Dickens’ tale of the miserly misanthrope to life. After seeing the transformation wrought by the visits of three ghosts, you’ll feel the love and hope of Tiny Tim himself, making this a perfect way to get into the “spirit.”

Another Chicago holiday tradition is the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” While they’re still performing the beloved classic every year, the choreography was revamped in 2016. It’s now set during the 1893 Columbian Exposition and Clara is the daughter of an immigrant who works at the fair. The timeless music and message, performed in the gorgeous Auditorium Theatre, will have you pirouetting all the way to Christmas morning.

A visit to Millennium Park will definitely put you in the spirit. You can go ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, and then grab a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy as you stroll around the official Chicago Christmas Tree. On Friday evenings you’ll be serenaded by local choirs as they perform Caroling at Cloud Gate.

When you hear a train rumbling by in December, look up, because you may just see Santa Claus. The CTA Holiday train has been an annual tradition for more than a quarter-century. Regular El trains become Santa’s sleigh, their cars decorated with candy canes, garland, and thousands of strands of lights. Not only do they serve as a means of festive transportation, they also deliver food baskets to charitable organizations.

These festive ideas are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. For more December events in the South Loop, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.