Hyde Park Holly-Day Returns on Saturday, December 3, 2022!

Local holiday tradition Hyde Park Holly-Day is back for its sixth year, scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Spend the day in downtown Hyde Park and enjoy a full schedule of fun, free family activities sponsored by the University of Chicago in partnership with Downtown Hyde Park, the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, and the South East Chicago Commission.

Activities include:

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Harper Court

Watch an ice artist from Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures carve sculptures with a chainsaw from blocks of ice, right before your eyes. Dress warmly!

Ice artists will be carving ice sculptures from blocks of ice with chainsaws – be sure to dress warmly!
All Day | 53rd Street from S. Lake Park Avenue to S. Woodlawn Avenue

Find all 12 ice sculptures before they melt– take a photo/video and tag us at #hphollyday. Dress warmly!

Find all the ice sculptures on 53rd Street before they melt!
SOUL SANTA & MRS. CLAUS – FREE FAMILY PHOTO (while supplies last)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West

Note: This is a very popular event. We will do our best to accommodate as many people as possible, but we may have to stop the line prior to 1 p.m. to ensure that we finish on time. Thanks for your understanding.

Soul Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for free family photos at The Promontory from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


We’re honored to have our wonderful emcee, Jenny LeFlore – Mama Fresh Chicago.
HOLIDAY CRAFTS (while supplies last)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West

Note: Some of the crafts have small pieces which could be a choking hazard for young children. Parents must stay with their children while they are making crafts.


Starting at 1:30 p.m. featuring the Hyde Park School of Dance and Kenwood School of Ballet | The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West

Don’t miss the Hyde Park School of Dance performing at The Promontory.

12-2 p.m. | Local Businesses

Meet costumed characters at local businesses.


12-12:45 p.m. – Stan’s Donuts – 5225 S. Harper Court


12-12:45 p.m. – Deep Purpl – 5229 S. Harper Court

Wonder Woman

12-12:45 p.m. – Kilwins – 5226 S. Harper Ave.


12-12:45 p.m. – Connect Gallery – 1520 E. Harper Court


1-2 p.m. – Lululemon – 1451 E. 53rd St.


1-2 p.m. – Capital One Cafe – 1465 E. 53rd St.

Wonder Woman

1-2 p.m. – Hyatt Place – 5225 S. Harper Ave.


1-2 p.m. – The Silver Room – 1506 E. 53rd St.

Costumed characters will be visiting local businesses for meet and greets.
4-6 p.m. | Hyde Park Shopping Center Courtyard
Meet two live reindeer!


There will be live reindeer in the Courtyard at the Hyde Park Shopping Center from 4-6 p.m.

For event details go to the Facebook event page or hphollyday.com

Interactive Hyde Park online map and app – welcometohydepark.com