Discounted Tickets for Chicagoland Holiday Fun

‘Tis the season to be merry and bright…and at a discount thanks to ComEd! The energy company is extending discounts to some of Chicagoland’s best light displays again this year, as well as hosting holiday light exchanges so your house can look just like the Griswald’s…but without the high energy bill. Before you leave home, be sure to check out these discounted tickets for Chicagoland Holiday Fun:

Illumination at the Morton Arboretum

ComEd is a presenting sponsor of Illumination, an outdoor event on a one-mile, gently rolling paved path with interactive, 100% LED lighting displays. See dazzling projections, trees that respond to touch and sound, and vivid colors throughout. Ticket purchasers will be asked to select an entry time when ordering their tickets. To redeem the buy one, get one free ticket offer, the promo code COMED2018 can be applied to your order after adding your desired tickets to your cart, and before entering your credit card information. You will find the coupon code field at the very top of the purchasing screen. Be sure to visit ComEd for fun giveaways on November 17, and December 8, 15, 22 and 29. Holiday Light Exchange: Morton Arboretum (4pm-9pm) | November 17, December 8 (Visitor Center).

  • Offer valid from November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019. Illumination is closed on Mondays, as well as the Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays.
  • Offer is only valid with online orders and cannot be redeemed in person or by phone.
  • Offer cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and all sales are final.
  • For more information, click here.

Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden hosts its annual Wonderland Express, including 750,000 lights illuminating the entrance of this 100% LED exhibition. This annual holiday extravaganza features magnificent model trains, magical and glittering indoor snow, and meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature. Plus, see intricate ice carvings and hear beautiful music from carolers. Redeem our buy one, get one free admission voucher at the Visitor Center Information Desk. Be sure to visit ComEd for fun giveaways on December 2, 15, 20 and 26, and January 2.

Holiday Light Exchange: Chicago Botanic Garden (10am-4pm) | December 2, 15 (Krehbiel Gallery).

  • Offer valid November 23, 2018-January 6, 2019
  • Hours: November 23- December 21 open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & December 22- January 6 open 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Wonderland Express closes early on the following dates: November 30, December 8 and 24 closes at 3 p.m. (last ticket sold at 2 p.m.)
  • December 25 closed all day.
  • Timed entry for exhibition; tickets subject to availability
  • View, download and print the buy one, get one free admission voucher.
  • For more information on exhibits, tickets and hours click here.

Be sure to read through my Wonderland Express tips before you head to the garden!

Holiday Magic at the Brookfield Zoo

Chicagoland’s largest lights festival, Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo, features over one million LED lights. Many indoor exhibits remain open for viewing of animals, plus there will be singing to the animals (reindeer, big cats, bears) and special Zoo Chats. Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions, as well as nightly ice carving demonstrations, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and a 41 foot LED Talking Tree. Zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats. Be sure to visit ComEd for fun giveaways on December 1, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Holiday Light Exchange: Brookfield Zoo (4pm-9pm) | December 1, 23 (Holly Jolly Theater).

  • Visit Saturdays & Sundays, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and Wednesday-Monday, December 26-31
  • Hours: 4–9 p.m.
  • Buy one, get one free admission offer valid only on December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 26-31, 2018. Voucher must be presented at gate. Limit one free adult or child/senior general admission of equal or lesser value to Brookeld Zoo’s Holiday Magic per voucher. No refunds or exchanges. Not valid with any other promotional offer. Parking is not included.
  • View, download and print the buy one, get one free admission voucher.
  • For more information, click here.

Read all about my tips for the Hammill Family Play Zoo, as well as breakfast with Santa at the zoo!

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one-of-a-kind experience offers fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities…all under the glow of 2.5 million lights! ComEd is proud to return as a co-presenting sponsor of ZooLights. Be sure to visit our team for fun giveaways on November 23 and 30, December 2, 14, 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30, and January 4.

Holiday Light Exchange: Lincoln Park Zoo (4:30pm-9pm) | December 22, 29, 30 (Kovler Lion House).

  • Dates of operation: November 23-25 and 30; December 1-2; 7-23 and 26-31; January 1-6.
  • Hours: 4:30–9 p.m.
  • ZooLights is free and open to the public.
  • Click here for more information.

Don’t forget to check out my Lincoln Park Zoo Insider’s Guide before you leave home.

After visiting these dazzling displays, be sure to check out the light shows at these beautiful homes across Chicagoland

and read tips for the “Most Popular Christmas Experiences in Chicagoland!”

Happy Holidays!
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  1. Leslie says

    Every time I read your posts about such wonderful activities, I wish I were in Chicago! You have to be the best ambassador the city has ever had! This is no different!

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