Unieros Guide to Multi-Cultural Holidays in Chicago

Unieros Holiday Guide to Ethnic Chicago

It’s beginning to look a lot like...multi- ethnic holidays in Chicago. Each holiday season the city sparkles with a host of traditional ethnic holiday events that give Chicago a taste of the traditional holiday celebrations from cultures here and around the world.

1. Christkindlmarket | Nov 21-Dec 24

This year's ethnic festivities start as early as November with Christkindlmarket, an annual German American winter festival featuring holiday market in the heart of downtown Chicago. Enjoy performances, food, culture from Germany and Austria.

2.Christmas Traditions Around the World Exhibit Nov 21-Dec 23

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago presents "Christmas Traditions Around the World" an exhibit of music and performances of holiday traditions celebrated across the globe. The Christmas Traditions Around the World Exhibit runs November 19, 2015 -January 3, 2016.

3. Julmarknad| Dec 5-6

On the city's northside, Andersonville will host Julmarknad on December 5 and 6 at the Swedish American Museum. Julmarknad is a traditional Swedish handicrafts festival with traditional Swedish food.

4. Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony Dec 9

Celebrate the first day of Chanukah at a menorah lighting ceremony in the West Loop Chicago neighborhood.
Ceremony takes place at the Merit School of Music.

5. Chicago Irish Christmas Market Dec 11-13

Enjoy a tradtional European Christmas outdoor market at the Irish Christmas Market in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. Market features crafts, food, entertainment.

6. A Greek Christmas | December 12

Celebrate Christmas in Greek Town with "A Greek Christmas" celebration at the National Hellenic Museum. Enjoy theater, music and dance, Santa Claus, and performances of the myths from ancient Greece. A Greek Christmas runs from 1pm - 5pm.

7. Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra Love and Peace of Christmas Dec 12

Enjoy favorite Christmas tunes at the Polish community Copernicus Center with a concert featuring Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra.

8. Santa Lucia Festival of Lights (St. Lucia)| Dec 13

Andersonville businesses also join the festivities by offering free music, discounts on merchandise and even a cocktail party. Later on December 13, Andersonville will celebrate Santa Lucia Festival of Lights (St. Lucia).

9. Christmas Carols at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park| Nov 27-Dec 18

Holidays would not be complete without carols. Enjoy every Friday November 27 until December 21 from 6pm-7:00pm enjoy free caroling at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park.

10.Kwanzaa Celebration | Dec 26-Jan 1

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African American cultural heritage. Kwanzaa has seven core principles that is celebrated each day in the community. In Chicago enjoy events at The DuSable Museum of African American History.

See more holiday events on the Unieros multicultural calendar in Chicago ethnic neighborhoods.

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