The Chicago vacations are here: from holiday lights at Navy Pier, to choir singing in Millennium Park, to parades in the suburbs, these are just a few of this weekend’s holiday events.

Light up the lake at Navy Pier

Light Up the Lake, a new indoor light garden at Navy Pier with over 600,000 twinkling lights, an alpine skating rink, beer garden and kids’ vacation activities opens at Festival Hall on Friday November 26 and continues until January 2.

Tickets start at $ 15. Hours vary.

Millenium Park Holiday Sing-Along

The new Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along (the event formerly known as “Caroling at Cloud Gate”) begins Friday, November 26 at 6 p.m. and ends on December 17.

The song celebrates Chicago’s diverse vacation cultures and traditions on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 12 at 4 p.m.

Macy’s State Street Vacation Windows

A Chicago Christmas tradition, Holiday Windows and Great Tree at Macy’s on State Street return this year with a blue reindeer with bright eyes named Tiptoe.

The Windows tell the story of a little reindeer who was “too shy to fly” with Santa’s sleigh crew on Christmas night, according to Macy’s tiptoe tale.

Lincoln Park ZooLights and Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

This year at ZooLights there will be hours of sensory tours, new lighting concepts on the Main Mall and South Lawn, an enhanced Enchanted Forest experience, and an 18 foot holiday tree at the new Pepper Family Wildlife. Center.

Tickets are $ 5 and reservations are recommended. Hours vary.

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo opens on November 26, featuring over two million immersive holiday LED lights, a giant 3D gingerbread house, a holiday scavenger hunt and more.

Tickets start at $ 17.95 and advance purchase is required. Times and dates vary.

Crystal Lake Festival of Lights Parade

Starting at 7 p.m. on November 26, the Crystal Lake Festival of Lights Parade is the city’s traditional start to the holiday season. This year’s theme is “A Christmas in Toy Land”.

Parade organizers stress that safety is a priority this year, and spectators should stay on sidewalks or curbs, and many stores will remain open for visitors to shop during and after the parade.

The annual tree lighting of Schaumburg

Schaumberg will officially welcome Santa to town on Friday, November 26 for the annual tree lighting ceremony.

Events will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Santa will be escorted by the Schaumberg Fire Department to light the outdoor tree at 6:30 p.m. The tree will be decorated with ornaments made by youth groups and community organizations. region.

Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to this event for the Schaumburg Food Pantry.