I have to admit, I had no intentions of blogging about this place but my inboxes have been bombarded with questions and that makes my heart happy. I can’t believe how many of you have purchased tickets already. I just can’t wait to see your photos.
Let me show you what you can expect.
First of all Jack Frost Winter Village IS an actual Christmas Tree Farm. Yes, you can buy a Christmas tree or 3 while you are there. But you can also just come to hang out and have fun.
It is located in historic Goose Island of Chicago and its 2 acres of land are covered in the largest evergreen Christmas tree trail. Because of COVID and restrictions, the pop-up is a little different this year and it does not have all of the amenities it offered last year. But there are plenty of photo opportunities, glow in the dark swings, a decorated fire truck that the kids can climb on, a few fire pits to warm you up, snack hut, games and more. The Christmas music keeps you in the spirit the entire walk and the lights are spectacular. I truly felt like I was in a Christmas movie. So magical.
We went on a Monday at 5pm (pre purchased our tickets online) and pretty much had the place to ourselves. We arrived a little early and they still let us in. I think 4pm-7pm is probably the best time for families. We stayed for 2 hours and kids loved every minute. Weekends may get busier so go earlier. Bathrooms are available on site.
Last year they had a 12,000 sq ft Ice Skating Rink which also doubled up as an Ice Bumper Cars rink. I really hope they bring those back next season so I can come again.
They usually have food trucks and bars, but because of current safety mandates, this season is a little different. They are not serving alcohol or meals. But they do have cookies, donuts, and coffee I believe. But head on east or west on North Avenue and you will find plenty of restaurants with carry out options and some with outdoor seating too.
If you want to purchase a tree: Trees vary in price depending on their size. 3-4′ trees start at $33 and taller trees, such as 6-7′ trees, are typically $49. Check out the 4-person bundle that comes with a Christmas Tree!
KEEP IN MIND:
-Pre-purchased access required
-A face mask must always be worn.
-No drinks or food allowed.
-Access is limited to 1.5 Hours.
-We are all ages. Children 4 and under are free.
-Open Rain or Shine.
Here are some more photos from our visit. Hope you get a chance to check out Jack Frost Winter Village. But bottom line: We had a blast. It was worth it. We would go back.