Holiday Fun at American Girl Place

Growing up in the 1980’s, I adored my Fisher Price Mandy and Jenny dolls. During the holidays, my mother would even sew my Mandy doll and I matching dresses. And oh how I loved dressing my doll up in her holiday ice skating outfit, complete with reindeer wool sweater and “real” ice skates! Every time I walk through the American Girl Place in Chicago, all I can think is – why didn’t they invent these dolls when I was a little girl!!! And then I look forward to the days when I can take my own little girl to outfit her doll for the holidays.

American Girl Place ChicagoOn Saturday, December 10, enjoy the Children’s Holiday Choir (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) for selection of favorite carols. (Free and open to the public.) On December 13 & 14 (5:00 p.m.) join the American Girl Place for a Gingerbread House Workshop. You’ll design and decorate your own gingerbread houseand enjoy a delicious meal. (For girls ages 8 and up. Tickets $45 per person; reservations required.)
On Friday, December 16, 19 & 21 at 7:30 p.m., bring your favorite doll for the Holiday Memories party. You’ll have a delightful time together at American Girl Place, where you’ll create a special holiday decoration to display year after year. The $40 ticket includes a delicious meal, a commemorative photograph, and a memory booklet for your girl to take home as a reminder of your special day. For girls ages 6 and up; reservations required.

The events calendar at American Girl Place Chicago updates frequently, so check it often at and plan your visit around one of the many festive happenings.

Consider hosting the fanciest slumber party ever at one of our city’s most elegant hotels: The Peninsula Chicago welcomes American Girl dolls with its American Girl Place  Amenity. Your beloved daughter, niece or grandaughter will receive a personalized welcome letter, an American Girl doll bed set up in their guestroom (to keep), monogrammed pillow cases for the child, monogrammed blanket for the doll, a welcome amenity with milk and cookies and access to an American Girl bookand DVD library.  Visitors have the opportunity to add this amenity to their stay for US$ 60 per child.

Take advantage of the Family Holiday Retreat Package at the Peninsula, which includes: complimentary dining for children 12 years and under from the children’s menu in The Lobby and from Room Service; continental breakfast for two daily; complimentary overnight valet parking for one vehicle; and a complimentary movie.  Children will also be welcomed with a unique amenity just for them. Rates start at $360 per night.

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