With the holiday season in full swing, parks, zoos and other citywide institutions are gearing up for a festive end of the year. Here's a list of some of the best places in the Chicagoland area to catch this year's holiday light shows.
Winter WonderFest. Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest will return this year, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy holiday lights, fun houses and decorated Christmas trees throughout the venue.
Christmas Around The World. The Museum of Science and Industry is back this year to celebrate Christmas traditions from around the world. More than 50 trees will be decked out in the museum's main hall throughout the holiday season.
Holiday Magic. The Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic festival is Chicago's largest and longest running lights festival. Over one million LED lights will be placed within the zoo's grounds this holiday season.
Zoo Lights. The Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights event returns this year for a free holiday celebration. This year's event will span the entire zoo for the first time ever, bringing more than 2 million lights to almost every square foot of the park.
Illumination. The Morton Arboretum lights up again this year, giving guests the opportunity to walk a mile among award-winning lights and projections. This year, improvements to the festival include trees that respond to singing and hugs, along with light dances coordinated with excerpts from "The Nutcracker" recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Wonderland Express. The Chicago Botanic Garden's annual holiday festival returns. The light show illuminates the trees on the path to Wonderland, including a 40-foot-tall concolor fir tree. Lights lead visitors through Heritage Garden, where glowing holiday trees stand within the garden's courtyards.