Be sure to check out the FREE Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Chicago this Thanksgiving Weekend. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Christmas Tree, so we expect a some pretty special stuff during this event. Monday, city officials announced the selection of a towering 57-foot Colorado blue spruce for Chicago’s 100th Christmas tree. The ceremony begins at 6 pm in Daley Plaza, although you can also watch from the comfort of your home (which you may want to do if it’s typical November weather!). Daley Plaza is located in the heart of the city, and is a great place to begin your explorations of Chicago.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature Live Performances headlined by Darlene Love at 5 pm. Darlene Love is best known for her work with Phil Spector in the 1960s and for the holiday favorite, “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home,” a song she has sung every year on the Late Show With David Letterman for nearly 30 years. The hour-long program will feature The Trainees from the Joffrey Academy of Dance, official school of The Joffrey Ballet, performing an excerpt from the holiday classic The Nutcracker. Other performances include songs from Broadway in Chicago’s Elf the Musical and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™. The program and ceremony will be emceed by father-and-son journalists Lester Holt, host of Dateline NBC and weekend anchor for Today and NBC Nightly News, and Stefan Holt, Anchor, Mornings, NBC 5 Chicago.
Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26, 2013