Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, and residents of the South Loop Chicago rentals at NEMA are perfectly positioned to celebrate the season in style. From a towering, 50-foot-tall Christmas tree to seasonal fun at Winterland to a traditional German Christmas market, there’s so much to see and do this winter in the Windy City. So, put on your warmest earmuffs and grab a to-go mug of hot chocolate before heading out into the city to enjoy these holiday activities!

Every year since 1914, the city of Chicago has erected a massive spruce tree in Millennium Park and thrown a massive celebration for its lighting. This year, the festivities take place on Nov. 19, and will feature an evening of music and dance chock-full of Chicago talent. The night will begin with a preshow set by local DJ Selah Say, followed by a tree lighting ceremony featuring the legendary Dreezy Claus and Sister Claus as well as performances by Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, the cast of the Chicago Opera Theater, and a youth dance ensemble from the Kenwood School of Ballet. Once the tree is shining bright, the show goes on with performers from Cirque Du Soleil, a Soul Christmas medley by the Chicago Soul Spectacular, and music from singer-songwriter Brian McKnight. You won’t want to miss this unique roster of Chicago talent!

Starting on Nov. 19, residents in search of winter recreation in the city can head to Wrigleyville for Winterland at Gallagher Way, Chicago’s holiday entertainment destination offering something for everyone. Strap on your skates or try the new ice bumper cars on the 8,000-square-foot ice rink before taking a walk through the Christkindlmarket, a German-style Christmas marketplace where visitors can sample holiday food from around the world. Winterland even features weekly holiday film screenings each Thursday, beginning on Dec. 2 with the classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and ending on Dec. 23 with “A Christmas Story.”

For a more contemplative holiday outing, residents should head to the Chicago Botanic Garden for the annual Lightscape installation. An illuminated trail guides visitors through massive light arrangements, including the breathtaking Winter Cathedral, exciting laser and fire arrangements, and, of course, a large conical Christmas tree decked out in multicolored stars.

There’s no shortage of holiday fun to be had in the city this year, and residents of NEMA Chicago are at the center of the action. If you’re looking for a new South Loop rental this winter, head to the NEMA Chicago availability page, and find the right home for you.