It is almost time for the FREE Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Chicago this Thanksgiving Weekend. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the Chicago Christmas Tree, so we expect a some pretty special stuff during this event. The ceremony begins at 6 pm on November 25th 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 City of Chicago is pleased to announce that the Atkinson Family Tree from Elgin, Illinois was selected to serve as this year’s Christmas tree on Daley Plaza. The 57-foot Colorado blue spruce will be lit at the 101st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 25 at 5:00pm
The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a highly-anticipated event drawing people of all ages to the heart of Chicago’s downtown Loop. The holiday season officially commences when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle. Live performances, festive holiday music and more will take place.
Dee Snider, best known as the front man for the legendary rock band Twisted Sister, headlines the event. Snider will perform a medley from Broadway In Chicago‘sDee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale.
Hansel and Gretel from Emerald City Theatre’s Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat will also perform a song from their classic story reimagined as a family rock musical.
Tony Award® winner Shuler Hensley as The Grinch will be on hand to provide color commentary during the ceremony and help light the tree. He will be appearing in the delightful family musical Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returning to Chicago for a limited holiday engagement.
Fun fact: this is the event’s 101st anniversary!
Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting
November 25, 2014