The Chicago Architecture Foundation sponsors this free, behind-the-scenes peek at more than 200 mansions, clubs, churches, hotels and theaters.
This year, all of the tours will be outdoors or online.
In the northeast arts district, 350 artists open their studios and offer demonstrations and workshops. It's virtual this year.
The free display in Olin Park is open from dusk to dawn.
Beaver Bay, MN
This event, which commemorates the 1975 sinking of the ore freighter with 29 men, is the only time the public can see the interior of the light tower when the beacon is lighted.
In 2020, the ceremony is virtual. The beacon will be lighted, and spectators casn see it from the state park.
This free festival northwest of Des Moines showcases more than 100 Iowa artists, poets and musicians in seven venues, including the Hotel Pattee, in the downtown historic and cultural district. There will also be children's activities.
This year, it's virtual.
The season-long lights festival includes more than 500,000 lights throughout downtown's parks and streets.
Sturgeon Bay, WI
There's a car parade at 6:15 p.m., led by Santa.
Five Christmas celebrations, each with a different theme, at Cedar Creek Settlement, a restored 1864 woolen mill in this historic village just north of Milwaukee. Each features live holiday music, crafts, luminaries, wine-tasting and cookies and cider.
West Allis, WI
More than 50 ethnic groups present music, dance, food and crafts from around the world. At the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center.
This year, it will be online.
The expo at the Midwest Mountaineering store on the West Bank includes dozens of speakers and seminars about skiing, sled-dog racing and ice-climbing as well as camping, backpacking and other year-round adventures.
Presentations are virtual in 2020, given Nov. 6-25.
Grand Marais, MN
There's a tent encampment, winter skills seminars, Arctic film festival and chili feed at the North House Folk School.
It's mostly virtual in 2020.
Tour the retro-cool lighted decorations in Bayfront Festival Park, including a tree that dances to music, Dinosaurland and Penguin Park.
In 2020, it's a drive-through. Admission is $10 per car, and children 10 and younger receive a free Bentleyville stocking cap and cookies from a window-side Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The annual display of 2.5 million lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo is operating at 25 percent capacity this year and charging $5 per person. Tickets are available for timed slots between 4 and 9 p.m.; on Nov. 24 and Dec. 9, 17, 21 and 29, tickets are free (available at 4 p.m. the previous Sunday).
This year, there's no live parade, but a celebration will be televised from 6 to 7 p.m. on ABC.
Usually, there are music and family activities on Michigan Avenue, with a lighted parade from Oak Street to Wacker Drive, followed by fireworks over the Chicago River.
Fond du Lac, WI
This free light show on Lake Winnebago includes animated scenes and trees that dance to 20 minutes of music played on 87.9 FM (you can listen on your car radio).
Red Wing, MN
This Mississippi River town offers a window-display scavenger hunt, a drive-through Santa and sales.
All state parks, MN
Entrance to all 75 Minnesota state parks is free today.
New Ulm, MN
The holiday parade downtown will be drive-through and from 6 to 7 p.m.
This open-air European Christmas Market at the Eighth Street Market Place includes 18 timber booths offering Dutch imports, folk art, hand-knit apparel and other gifts.
St. Charles, IL
There's Lighting of the Lights will be virtual on Friday.
On Saturday, there will be a kickoff to the Holiday Tree Trail and a window-decorating contest.