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Santa House

Nov. 25-Dec. 24, Daley Plaza

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Nov. 5, 2014: The Atkinson family tree from Elgin, Illinois will shine in Daley Plaza as Chicago’s official Christmas Tree

Oct. 30, 2014: Kick-off the Holidays at the 101st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 25 at Daley Plaza

 

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2014 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The Atkinson family tree from Elgin, Illinois will shine in Daley Plaza as Chicago’s official Christmas Tree

Atkinson Family Tree

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza

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.Dee Snider

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.

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’s Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale which begins its world premiere at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on November 4 through January 4, 2015.

Performers from the Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol will also perform.

Hansel and Gretel from Emerald City Theatre’s Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat will perform a song from their classic story reimagined as a family rock musical. The musical will be playing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place starting November 22 through January 4, 2015.

 

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.

 

 

 

Dates:
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Admission:
FREE

 

 

 

Accessibility:
Fully Accessible.

 

 

 

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