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Holiday Happenings at Navy Pier

Navy Pier’s holiday season will be more magical and memorable than ever this year, thanks to the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! Both indoors and outdoors at Navy Pier, you’ll find holiday events for families and guests of all ages.

Featured Holiday Events

For the first time ever, Navy Pier’s green gateway – Polk Bros Park Fountain and Plaza – will dazzle guests with a special holiday tree lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival on Wednesday, November 30th at 6 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature entertainment, caroling and plenty of magical moments.

Then, starting December 2nd, head indoors to celebrate at Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition and bring the family to Navy Pier’s 16th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest. This extraordinary event runs through January 8th and is not to be missed!  

See below for more information on holiday events at Navy Pier.

Celebrate the Season on the Centennial Wheel

While you’re celebrating the holidays at Navy Pier, don’t forget to go for a spin on our most iconic attraction: the new Centennial Wheel! Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Chicago’s lakefront – day or night – while escaping the cold in the Wheel’s cozy, climate-controlled gondolas. Now until spring, Illinois residents will receive discounted Centennial Wheel tickets and reduced parking rates.

Even More to Enjoy

And when you get hungry, head to the new, Chicago-centric Food Experience to find a wide variety of our city’s best cuisine, including the newly opened Brown Sugar Bakery, Lalo’s, and Tiny Tavern. And, the fun doesn’t end there – Navy Pier’s brand new AMC IMAX Theatre is sure to delight with holiday blockbusters premiering all season long!

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