From ice skating and holiday light festivals to family dinners, you’ll find the perfect activities for making memories.

If holiday movies have taught us anything, it’s that the months of November through January are all about spending time with family and feeling the magic of the season.

While you may not have a small town, family business to save this holiday (a.k.a every Christmas plot line currently on TV), you can enjoy the festive activities Rosemont has to offer. Just imagine sipping cups and cups of hot cocoa, ice skating under the moonlight, and starting a new holiday tradition.

And what better way to celebrate this year’s Yuletide than by curating your very own holiday bucket list? Lucky for you, we’ve compiled the best experiences across Rosemont to start filling you with the season’s warmth.

Photo credit: Village of Rosemont

1. Visit Your Community Christmas Tree (& Snap Family Photos!)

It’s almost an unspoken rule that community Christmas trees, completely adorned with sparkling lights, make for the perfect family photo—that you should totally use as the background of your next holiday card! Head to Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district to see an impressive display of more than 80,000 holiday lights alongside the Park’s iconic Christmas tree and even a walk-through illuminated ornament. Afterward, go ice skating at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink and grab a seasonal dessert at any of the nearby eateries.

Photo credit: Village of Rosemont

2. Take Pictures with Santa

What’s the holidays without a family portrait with Santa? Say hello to the jolly ‘ol Big Guy at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago now until December 24 to check off this classic tradition from your bucket list. Pro tip: pre-book your visit in advance to avoid those lengthy lines. Your future self will thank you.

3. Tackle Holiday Shopping as a Family

After taking photos with Santa at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, tackle your holiday shopping and get your kiddos involved—there’s nothing more special to a grandparent than a hand-picked gift from their favorite little one. With over 130 high-end outlet stores from popular brands, you and your children can find the perfect present for all of your loved ones. You’ll be able to knock out all of your holiday shopping in one go—trust us!

Photo credit: Village of Rosemont

4. Go Ice Skating

Embrace winter’s charm with a few hours of ice skating—which will certainly give your kids the thrill and uniqueness they crave. At the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink, your family can ice skate for free now through January 28. Either bring your own skates or rent a pair for $8 on-site. Check out the complete schedule of ice skating hours here.

Photo credit: Sparkle Light Festival

5. See a Holiday Light Display

In case you need more glitz, sparkle, and awe, Rosemont’s Sparke Light Festival has it all. Open now through the end of December, the glistening spectacle has five villages, each featuring festive decor and towering displays that are illuminated with millions of lights.

You can also enjoy hop aboard the free “Holly Trolly” train and go tubing down the Alpine Slide, amongst many other happenings. Sparkle Light Festival even added its own ice skating rink this year!

6. Drink All the Hot Cocoa

It seems like every holiday movie has at least one scene where hot cocoa is on full display, and honestly, who can resist a warm hug in a cup? Sugar Factory at Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district is spotlighting a twist on the traditional drink with their pink unicorn hot chocolate (yes, it’s completely pink!) and s’mores version. It’s the perfect seasonal photo opp of your kids, and also insanely photographic.

Photo credit: Village of Rosemont

7. Enjoy Dinner at a Cozy Restaurant

Quality one-on-one time with your kids tops the list of things to do during the holiday season, especially once they’re home from school. We recommend an unplugged dinner (that’s right, absolutely no phones or devices!) at your restaurant of choice. There’s over 40 different restaurants to choose from throughout the Rosemont community that offer both kid-friendly and seasonal menus. We recommend planning dinner after a fun evening of shredding ice at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink.


Get ready to check off each item on your personalized holiday bucket list and revel in the joy of the season!

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