Do you still have more presents to get for your family and friends? Holiday markets and festivals in Illinois are a fantastic option to shop for holiday presents, to enjoy a heartfelt experience with loved ones, and to find unique items and gifts. Illinois has several holiday markets and festivals throughout the state. Here are some of the best of the best:

  • Christkindlmarket Chicago – With market locations in Aurora, Chicago and Wrigleyville, this German-themed outdoor holiday market is fun for all ages. The market has both international and local vendors. There is lots of shopping, live entertainment, and unique food and beverages.
    • The Aurora and Chicago market locations are open from Nov. 17 – Dec. 24.
    • The Wrigleyville location is open from Nov. 17 – Dec. 31.
  • Belleville Christkindlmarket - This market is similar to the Chicago Christkindlmarket, featuring European and handcrafted items, food, and beverages. This year is the market’s 10th anniversary in Belleville.
    • It is open on weekends from Nov. 24 – Dec. 23.
  • Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light – The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago holds an annual celebration with a grand tree, a forest display of more than 50 trees, and displays to represent the holiday traditions from cultures across the globe.
    • The event is open now until Jan. 7, 2024.
  • Old Capitol Holiday Walks – In downtown Springfield, celebrate the holiday season by taking a walk around and seeing lights, shops and holiday magic.
    • This event is open from Nov. 25 until Dec. 23.

With a variety of options available, we hope you take the time to visit a holiday market or festival in Illinois this year!