Spend your vacation on the water enjoying the breathtaking Chicago skyline and New York City fireworks with spectacular views from City Cruises’ Chicago ships departing for every joyful celebration

Chicago City Cruises invites guests to celebrate the holiday season by sailing along the water with several themed cruises perfect for the season of joy. City Cruises Chicago presents a Premier Plus Lunch Cruise on Thanksgiving Day, the Premier Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise, the Signature New Year’s Dinner Cruise and more.

“We are excited to share the beauty of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River during the winter months and spread the holiday cheer,” said Dan Russell, COO of City Cruises. “We offer a unique vacation experience for those who take one of our themed cruises and look forward to celebrating this time of year with our guests.”

Chicago by City Cruises vacation deals include:

  • Signature Thanksgiving Day Lunch Cruise: Guests can enjoy a delicious holiday buffet lunch and creative craft cocktails. Other features include DJ entertainment, spectacular views of the Adler Planetarium and Willis Tower, air-conditioned interior decks and more.
  • Advice: 2 p.m. | Cruise: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day Premier Lunch Cruise: This memorable event will feature a 2-course prix-fixe holiday menu, full cash service bar, festive decor, Chicago’s most breathtaking skyline views and DJ-curated music .
  • Thursday, November 24
  • Advice: 2 p.m. | Cruise: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Premier Plus Thanksgiving Day Lunch Cruise: This luxurious glass-enclosed cruise will include a 3-course prix-fixe lunch, stunning views of Chicago’s architecture, full cash-service bar and plenty of reasons to thank.
  • Thursday, November 24
  • Advice: 2 p.m. | Cruise: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Santa Lunch Signature Cruise: Enjoy a cruise with Santa. This event includes a 2-course holiday lunch, a special visit from Santa, festive cocktails and holiday entertainment for the whole family.
  • Boarding: 11:30 a.m. | Cruise: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Premier Plus Brunch Cruise: Enjoy the most upscale experience offered by City Cruises Chicago, sailing on their glass-enclosed Odyssey ship. The event includes a 3-course holiday brunch, unprecedented views of the Chicago River, holiday cheer and more.
  • Saturday. December 24
  • Advice: 12:00 p.m. | Cruise: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise: Enjoy a Christmas Eve you won’t forget. This event features a 3-course holiday meal, DJ entertainment, festive cocktails and family-friendly holiday entertainment with panoramic views of Lake Michigan.
  • saturday 24 december
  • Council: 6:00 p.m. | Cruise: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Signature New Year’s Eve Lunch Cruise: Celebrate the New Year with City Cruises’ two-hour lunch event in Chicago, including an elegant lunch buffet, sparkling wine toast, exceptional views of the Chicago skyline , festive decor and a whole lot of cheering.
  • saturday 31 december
  • Advice: 11:00 a.m. | Cruise: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Signature New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise: Countdown to Midnight from Lake Michigan this year. Celebrate in style with a tasteful holiday dinner, full bar service, spectacular views of the festive fireworks and more.
  • saturday 31 december
  • Advice: 8:30 p.m. | Cruise: 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • Premier New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise: Cheer up to 2023 with views of a spectacular fireworks display straight from Lake Michigan on this 3-hour cruise. Watch the fireworks light up the night, complete with a 3-course dinner, DJ entertainment, a midnight sparkling wine toast, and the best views possible.
  • Advice: 7:30 p.m. | Cruise: 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Premier Plus New Year’s Dinner Cruise: Whether it’s a family outing, date night, or a night out with friends, this epic cruise along the Chicago River is the place to be. ideal for watching the Navy Pier fireworks show. Enjoy a sparkling wine toast at midnight, stunning views of Chicago’s architecture, great photo ops, silver/gold/platinum packages, and delicious dinner options.
  • saturday 31 december
  • Advice: 8:30 p.m. | Cruise: 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Customers can book the Early Bird special to save 15% using promo code NYE15, valid until November 13. For up-to-date pricing and availability, or to book an event, please click here.

About City Experiences

City Experiences represents the Hornblower Group’s extensive portfolio of land and water experiences businesses and comprises two sub-brands: City Cruises and City Ferry. City Cruises companies offer dining, sightseeing and private events in 22 destinations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. City Cruises companies also operate cruises on behalf of the National Park Service and the Niagara Parks Commission and currently hold service contracts to provide ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the National Museum of Ellis Island Immigration, Alcatraz Island and Niagara Falls. City Ferry companies offer the specialized knowledge and expertise needed to safely transport passengers, vehicles and other cargo on inland and coastal waterways, as the operator of the NYC Ferry ferry system and from Puerto Rico, among others.

City Experiences’ portfolio of companies also offers a range of land and water experiences, including shore excursions, partner experiences, multi-port packages, with companies such as Cruising Excursions, ShoreTrips, Niagara Jet Adventures and Walks. For more information, visit

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