Zoo patrons look for the polar bears during the Holiday Magic and ZooLights programs offered at Brookfield Zoo. | File photo
Ron Keaton (from left), Karl Hamilton, Jim Sherman, Tom Shea and Benjamin Magnuson star in "The Christmas Schooner" at the Mercury Theater. This is 2011's production. | File photo
Lorie Hagerman admires the handiwork at the Bavarian Workshop featured at Christkindlmarket. Chicago has a Christkindlmarket every year in Daley Plaza. | Sun-Times file photo
Elizabeth Ledo (left, Ghost of Christmas Past) and Larry Yando (Scrooge) in "A Christmas Carol," which is at Goodman Theatre to Dec. 28.
Caroling at Cloud Gate is one of the most popular activities that occurs in the city of Chicago during the holiday season. | Sun-Times file photo
Christmastime in Chicago is truly a magical time. Take, for example, the splendiferous tree in Daley Plaza. This is the 100th year Chicago has had an official city Christmas tree. And like the first official city tree, it was donated. Nearly 29,000 lights and 300 …