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2014 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza

The City of Chicago is proud to present the 101st Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Daley Plaza, Tuesday, November 25.

This highly-anticipated event draws people of all ages to the heart of Chicago’s downtown “Loop.” Live performances and festive holiday music begin at 4:30pm and the holiday season officially commences at 5pm, when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle in Daley Plaza.


History of Chicago's Christmas TreeThe City of Chicago's 1913 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Chicago’s first municipal Christmas tree was lit in 1913 on Christmas Eve by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park.  The tree was a 35 foot tall Douglas Spruce placed on 40ft poles and studded with smaller trees to give the appearance of a much larger tree.  It was decorated with 600 multi-colored lights and topped with the Star of Bethlehem. Read more.




Tuesday, November 25, 2014




Live performances and music begin at 4:30 pm; Tree will be lit at 5 pm




Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington St. (Washington and Dearborn)
Chicago, IL 60602








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