If you're looking for a festive holiday celebration minus the frosty weather, consider heading over to the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest. Located inside the 170,000-square-foot convention space at Navy Pier, this unique winter wonderland is completely indoors, and yet still includes an ice skating rink, a full-sized holiday carousel for the kiddies to ride, and a number of other inflatable carnival-style rides. There's even an alpine slide and an Arctic Express mini train you can ride through a holiday village. While you're here, you can also enjoy some festive arts and crafts (cookie decorating, ornament making, etc.), or you can just sit back and enjoy the holiday atmosphere with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
The Winter Wonderfest is open from 10 am to 5 pm (10 pm on weekends) daily, starting on December 6 and running through January 12.