I Prefer Holiday Parties Where Dradles and Christmas Trees Dance

Christmas is about magic and there’s nothing more magical than Macy’s at Christmas time.

I have seen a few magical parties this year like Paris in Chicago with  Bel Brands, and and of course, my first Daybreaker, but this was by far the most magical dance party, ugly Christmas sweater style.

It all started at 6:00 am when I was greeted by an oversized sign labeled “ugly holiday sweater,” with an elf below it for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Party by Macy’s and Daybreaker. It was held at Macy’s flagship store on State Street in Chicago.

Me and my Twitter giveaway winner, joined the crowd in the elevator with a group of girls with yoga mats.

We ask if we should be doing this right now.

“I always carry a yoga mat with me at Macy’s,” I said, “I go into downward dog and breathe in and out before maxing out my credit cards for Christmas gifts.”

The girls laugh and the doors open. We are met with a festive holiday group waiting for coat check.

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Two people, dressed as presents, smile and encourage us to be in the present.

Those same presents joined me in a vinyasa flow twenty minutes later.

But before the party started at 6:00 am, my giveaway guest and I went back to bed followed the path to a pile of giant pillows.

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Macy’s and Daybreaker had a photobooth set up and printed our photos.

It was Vinyasa time.

Yoga Six came back again to instruct us through a vinyasa flow.

This flow had deep twists, deep breaths, and persistent flows. My favorite was when she made us sleigh bell foward and back into downward dog. It sounds so much better than “plank”. She also had us do the tree pose and breathe out “ho”.

It was festive but most importantly effective. I was able to loosen my body and loosen up.

About 10 minutes before 7:00 am, we were ready for faster beats from my new favorite djs, Win + Woo. They know how to drop EDM beats and switch to old school, shake that laffy taffy songs.

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We formed a circle as usual and that’s when the Christmas tree started dancing with the dradle, right below the stage.

On the stage, a group of the most incredible spirited dancers, reved up the party.

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We could keep going. But we grabbed a vanilla protein shake and stood in a short line to get something holiday painted on our face. A girl came up to me with a penguin drawn on her nose. The girls behind me brainstormed Christmas lights down their arms.

Since I had to be at work in two hours, I opted for stars and blue fairy dust on the edge of either eye. Let me tell you on the streets of Chicago everyone was smiling at me. It was magical.

We ended the party with glitter bombs, selfies at the ho, ho, ho sign and a $10.00 gift card from Macy’s.

Thank you, Daybreaker and Macy’s, for always throwing magical parties and helping us believe. Fifty percent of each ticket sales was donated to The Make a Wish Foundation.

Daybreaker returns in January. To join in the morning dance party movement, get Chicago Daybreaker tickets.

Merry Christmas!

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5 Holiday Things To Do in Chicago To Get in The Christmas Spirit

Christmas is 10 days away. 10 days!

Get in the holiday spirit by doing these five things in Chicago.

1. Grab an ugly Christmas sweater.

You know you want one. While you are shopping for friends and family, get a little something ugly for yourself.

You can wear your ugly Christmas sweater at Earls during Ugly Holiday Sweater happy hour Monday-Friday, 3 pm -6 pm. Best of all? If your sweater is ugly enough, you could win a $25 gift card.

2. Dance in that ugly Christmas sweater.

Daybreaker, a national initative to change the way we have fun, came to Chicago this fall. For the third morning dance party and yoga Daybreaker event, they are having a festive ugly sweater dance party in an epic location on Friday, December 18, 2015. Yoga starts at 6 am and the dance party starts at 7 am.

The location is a surprise, just like Secret Santa. But it’s going to be big and magical. Plus, to make it merrier, 50 percent of the ticket price is will be donated to Make-A-Wish®

“We are so thrilled to be partnering with Make-A-Wish® for our biggest party yet on Friday, December 18 at a secret, iconic downtown holiday location,” said a Daybreaker representative.

Get Daybreaker Holiday Party tickets here before they sell out. You can also enter to win a ticket to dance with Windy City Cosmo.

Two people I met at Daybreaker Chicago are coming back to this festive event, which is one of the reasons I love Daybreaker—it builds community.

This time, I want to dance with you. Go to WindyCityCosmo’s Instagram and Twitter and tag (@WindyCityCosmo) in your post along with #daybreaker + #windycitycosmo, for a chance to win a ticket to dance with Windy City Cosmo at the final Daybreaker of the year. I will do the drawing Thursday morning, December 17, 2015.

3. Give locally and nationally.

There are so many festive opportunities to give your time and your donations this winter.

The Chicago Food Depository, a Chicago nonprofit organization that works with 650 food pantries is having two upcoming events this weekend, where you can give non-perishable food items.

  •  December 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm is the 27th Annual Tuba Christmas at the Palmer House Hilton. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate.
  • December 26, 2015 the Cubby Bear’s first annual Jingle Ball,  will a black tie and ball gown affair is free with a donation to Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Salvation Army has a special Virtual Angel Tree program. You can donate until December 24, 2015. NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago and Salvation Army have all partnered together to help kids in needs have their Christmas wishes granted. You can register for the Virtual Angel Tree and see all of the children’s Christmas lists. All you have to do is drop off the gift by December 24, 2015 to The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters (5040 N. Pulaski Rd.) or the Salvation Army Corps Community Centers.

4. Take a walk in winter wonderland.

There may not be snow—yet, but there are lights, and lots of them in Chicago.

Enjoy the decorations by taking a walk in a local Chicago neighborhood, like Andersonville. In my opinion, Lady Gregory’s has the best decorations on the block.

There are also beautiful lights in Millenium Park, The Roosevelt Collection in the south loop, Navy Pier, and at the Lincoln Park Zoo for Zoo Lights.

Best of all, when you are overwhelmed with budgets and the holiday bustle, this is something free you can do in Chicago.

5. Unwind with wine.

Do you want to get away? How about a trip to the vineyards. This year, I joined an event company, Cannonball Production. They do seasonal Midwest events. Right now, they are doing wine tours to Southwest Michigan. The last tours are this weekend, but they will also be available in January and February!

Get you guy friends and girlfriends together for a day out of the city for an all-inclusive winery tour at four location with lunch and roundtrip transportation. It makes an awesome gift, if you are having trouble with that like me. Get your tickets to Cannonball’s wine tour here.

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