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How to Enjoy Christmas in Chicagoland without a Cup of Holiday Cheer

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Being home for the holidays sounds great until you’re actually home for the holidays.

But how do you spend your time when you are too youold to admit you want to spend time with your parents during your Christmas break?

College students like Christina Printzis, 20, complain that “It’s too cold for there to be anything to do”.

Here’s how to avoid the holiday blues and make some memories worth bragging about.

Jingle Bell and Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Ugly Christmas sweaters just get better (or worse) every year but this year there’s a twist to your annual ugly Christmas sweater contest.

On Dec. 10 put on your ugliest Christmas sweater and join Chicago for a 5K run and after party at Soldier Field starting at 11 a.m.

Discounted tickets can be purchased here for as low as $30.

 

Jingle Paws, Jingle Paws, Jingle Paws Bark

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If marathons aren’t quite your thing you can still participate in the ugly Christmas sweater shenanigans.

On Dec. 5 join dog lovers in Chicagoland starting at noon for a day to celebrate some of our best furry friends.

Dress up your dog, have him or her participate in s treat hunt, take pictures with Santa and so much more.

Residents pay $2 per person and $5 per dog and non-residents pay $3 per person and $7 per dog at Meineke Recreation Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

Baby, its (too) Cold Outside

Let’s be honest now, even Chicagoans wish they could avoid the brutal winter months.

But the cold weather brings opportunities for different December activities like:

  • Sampling Chicago’s top 15 places to drink hot chocolate.
  • Baking a sweet gingerbread cookie with a caramel twist with this recipe.
  • Making homemade eggnog (because it’s too cold for you to get some from the store).

These activities will leave you loving the windy city from the comfort of your own home.

 

Santa’s Polar Express

There’s no greater expert on trains than a train’s conductor, and Warner Bros. Pictures’ own conductor of The Polar Express infamously said “one thing about trains:  it doesn’t matter where they’re goin’. What matters is deciding to get on.”

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So take some advice from an expert and hop on the CTA’s Santa Express train led by Santa himself.

Being greeted by elves, receiving complimentary candy canes, and having an immersive holiday experience is worth the $2.50 Ventra charge. Santa’s schedule isn’t available yet but as soon as it is it will be on the CTA’s website.

 

Winter in Chicago can be the most wonderful time of the year, that is if you know how to spend it properly. With these snowy experiences, your white Christmas can be celebrated with an interesting twist until you’re old enough to order something on the rocks.

 

  • written by Katherine Weernink on November 17th, 2016
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