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.
Attend demonstrations and seminars on more than 150 breeds at Alliant Energy Center.
In the National Museum of Mexican Art and Harrison Park, families can create ofrendas (altars), eat pan de muerto, listen to musical performances and get faces painted. It's 3-8 p.m. and admission is free.
Grand Marais, MN
This festival features a wave dash, shipwreck stories, and children's activities.
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.
Celebrate global cultures at the Hjemkomst Center, with folk dancing, storytelling, music and foods from seven countries. Children can pick up a passport to get stamped at booths.
This event at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center features fine art, music, treats and the Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale.
West Allis, WI
The nation's largest operating model railroad show includes more than 60 scenic railroads, clinics for hobbyists and many children's activities.
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.
The parade includes live reindeer, horses, marching bands and floats. See Santa at the Al Ringling Theatre afterward for photos and treats.
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.
Wisconsin's largest night-time Christmas parade starts at 7 p.m. at the corner of State Street and College Avenue.
It follows a tree-lighting ceremony in City Park from 4:30-6 p.m.
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).
The goofier the float, the better in this north-woods town, 12 miles from the north shore of Mille Lacs. There's music, food and a craft sale before and after the 1 p.m. parade.
Red Wing, MN
This Mississippi River town offers a window-display scavenger hunt, a drive-through Santa and sales.
Crystal Lake, IL
In this northwest suburb of Chicago, the holiday parade starts at 6:30 p.m.
This year, parade units will be parked along Williams Street, and spectators are invited to drive by.
All state parks, MI
Enjoy the outdoors and avoid the shopping frenzy by visiting one of Michigan's 103 state parks and recreation areas, where entry will be free. Parking at trailheads also will be free.
New Ulm, MN
The holiday parade downtown will be drive-through and from 6 to 7 p.m.
Egg Harbor, WI
This Door County village offers horse-drawn wagon rides, a children's elf hunt and mistle dough contest and caroling.
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.
In this Minneapolis suburb on Lake Minnetonka, choirs and bands play for shoppers at a traditional German open-air Christmas market. There will also be a magic show, reindeer, visits with the Christkind and Father Christmas and mugs of warm Glühwein.
This year, it's in Excelsior Commons park on the lake, and reservations are required.
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.