Fill your calendar with these holiday markets and dining deals

You’ve survived Thanksgiving. Now, it’s time to start thinking about how to party until the year’s end. Whatever holiday you celebrate, there’s plenty of good food, drink, and fun to keep away the winter chill. Here are some of the best ways to kick off your merrymaking with loved ones throughout December.

Lights and Deals

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo is a beloved holiday tradition, but don’t forget to make your dinner plans before or after you tour the beautiful display. If you want to dine near the zoo, a handful of restaurants are offering special Zoolights deals.

Naoki is offering the Snow Monkey, a special warm cocktail made with Japanese whiskey and spiced pear liquor ($9). You also get free hot cocoa when you mention that you’ve come in from the zoo.

Next door at Mon Ami Gabi, buy a gift card, or 10 (they make great stocking stuffers), and get free hot chocolate to warm your insides. There’s no excuse not to be filled with cocoa.