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Chicago’s 102nd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Renée Fleming to Headline Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 24, in Millennium Park

63-foot Colorado Blue Spruce donated by the Voelker family Renée Fleming (Photo Credit: Decca-Timothy White)

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Welcome the 102nd Chicago Christmas Tree to a new location in Millennium Park, a location recognized around the world for its 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
  • Latin Music Project Ensemble by PRAA, will perform traditional holiday musicTOO4G
  • 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 by the 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.

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




Tuesday, November 24, 2015




Live performances and music begin at 5:30pm; Tree will be lit at 6pm




Millennium Park
Near Michigan Ave. and Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60601








Every aspect of Millennium Park was designed to be fully accessible to all patrons. The following services are available:

  • Wheelchair loans in the Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph Street
  • Integrated spaces for wheelchair seating at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities
  • Assistive listening devices at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Sound Booth




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Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph), Millennium Lakeside and Grant Park North.