Festive Activities to do in the Chicago Area for Seniors

With the first week of December behind us, there is no denying that the holiday season is in full swing—and the city of Chicago is a great place to enjoy it. Between Christmas markets, light shows, and live performances, there is something for all kids from one to 92 to enjoy. If you’re looking for some ways to get into the holiday spirit, try these festive activities to do in the Chicago area for seniors.

Safety first!

Before you go out to enjoy these festive activities, it is important to remember: a majority of these are outdoors. The frosty weather and snow might add a layer of magic to the scenery, but it is also important to remember the potential dangers associated with the cold. Seniors are more susceptible to cold weather, which can lead to several health risks.

Before going outside to enjoy the holiday events, make sure you dress in plenty of layers and wear shoes with good traction. Walk slowly across icy surfaces and make sure you recognize the signs of hypothermia. As long as you’re safe, you’ll have a wonderful time.

Festive Activities to do in the Chicago Area for Seniors

Watch the Lincoln Park Zoo light up

Each year, the Lincoln Park Zoo puts up millions of brilliant lights and moving displays set to music, known as ZooLights. On top of the food and drink already available during the event, there are themed nights throughout the month to keep an eye out for.

ZooLights is inexpensive with a ticket price of $5—and Monday nights are free! This event starts and 4:30 and goes until 10:00 pm, so seniors should come at an earlier time if they are worried about the crowds.

Visit the Christkindlmarket

Chicago’s German Christmas market, or the Christkindlmarket, gives attendees the experience of a Bavarian Christmas downtown! This free market is open every day starting at 11:00 am and is full of beautifully hand-crafted gifts and traditional German treats. Afterward, stop by the city Christmas tree in Millennium Park.

If you want to visit the Christkindlmarket but don’t want to worry about getting downtown, you can enjoy the fun in a northern neighborhood. There is a second market in Wrigleyville right by the stadium.

Light Up the Lake at Navy Pier

If you want to enjoy the beauty of winter without the cold, visit Navy Pier for their Light Up the Lake event. This indoor celebration of the season features light shows, ice skating, mazes, and light sculptures. While seniors might not enjoy the more physical activities, there is still plenty to see and do.

This event would be perfect for the particularly frigid December afternoons and evenings. Tickets are $27 on weekends, but the price is reduced to $15 on weekdays.

Learn about Christmas Around the World

The Museum of Science and Industry is inspiring to visit any time of year, but especially during Christmastime. The museum’s Christmas Around the World invites attendees to explore how different countries and cultures around the world celebrate the holiday season. 50 intricately decorated trees spread across the museum make for a positively beautiful display.

Enjoy these festive activities in Chicago this month!

See a live show

For many theater, dance, and musical organizations, winter is the beginning of their season. It all starts with a bang with some of the most popular shows across the world: A Christmas Carol, the Nutcracker, and more. These shows are sure to wake up your inner child through nostalgia and fun alike.

Enjoy the holidays with help from your caregiver

Between parties, gift-giving, and other seasonal activities, the holiday season can be equally fun and stressful for seniors. Your at-home caregiver can make the season a little easier. They happily assist with the activities of daily living that you struggle with so you can enjoy the holidays. These include:

  • Personal care
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Errands
  • Brain games
  • Companionship

For more information on our caregiving program, call us at 773-274-9262. We would be happy to help.

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