Free Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting in Millennium Park – Nov 24th

It is almost time for the FREE Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Chicago this Thanksgiving Weekend.  This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the chicago christmas treeChicago Christmas Tree, so we expect a some pretty special stuff during this event. The ceremony begins at 6 pm on November 24th in MIllennium Park (moved from Daley Plaza this year), although you can also watch from the comfort of your home (which you may want to do if it’s typical November weather!).    Welcome the 102nd Chicago Christmas Tree to a new location in Millennium Park, a location recognized around the world for it’s architectural landmarks and cultural programming.

102nd Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Danielle de Niese, Photo Credit: Decca, Chris Dunlop)
Tuesday, November 24, at 5:30pm
Millennium Park, near Michigan Ave. and Washington St.


  • Renée Fleming, one of the most beloved musical ambassadors and soprano voices of our time, now appearing in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The Merry Widow
  • Danielle de Niese, soon appearing in the world premiere of Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Cast of Emerald City Theatre’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, now playing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
  • TOO4G, guitarists with the Latin Music Project Ensemble, part of the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA)TOO4G
  • and emceed by the father/daughter duo of Bob Jordan, WGN TV Weekend Anchor, and Karen Jordan, ABC 7 Weekend Anchor and Reporter

The 102nd Annual Christmas Tree was donated by the Voelker family of Northlake, Illinois. Their 63-foot Colorado Spruce was selected out of 130 submissions, and they will join Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to light the tree at the official Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 24.

Special visits with Santa Claus begin on Tuesday, November 24, immediately following the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony until 8 pm and continue on various dates throughout December.

The 102nd Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented byt eh Department of Cultural affairs and sponsored in part by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association. Additional support provided by 93.9 MY FM and the Chicago Transit Authority. The lights adorning the Christmas tree are donated by IBEW Local 134.


dmission to the Tree Lighting Ceremony and all other holiday activities in Millennium Park is free.

Blue Line – Washington
Red Line – LakeBus
#56, #60, #124, #127, #157


Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting
November 24, 2015




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