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2013 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The Moore Family Tree From South Holland, Illinois Will Illuminate Daley Plaza For The 100th Anniversary Of Chicago’s Christmas Tree

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza

Moore Family Tree

The City of Chicago and UL are proud to present the 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Daley Plaza, Tuesday, November 26 beginning at 5 pm with a music program and the tree will be lit at 6 pm. This is a Darlene Lovespecial year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the City of Chicago’s first municipal Christmas tree that was lit on December 24, 1913 in Grant Park.

During the summer and early fall the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events receive more than 90 submissions from Chicagoland area residents in hopes that their tree would get the honor to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The winning tree will be announced the week of November 4.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature Live Performances headlined by Darlene Love at 5 pm.

Darlene Love is best known for her work with Phil Spector in the 1960s and for the holiday favorite, “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home,” a song she has sung every year on the Late Show With David Letterman for nearly 30 years.

The program and ceremony will be emceed by father-and-son journalists Lester Holt, host of Dateline NBC and weekend anchor for Today and NBC Nightly News, and Stefan Holt, Anchor, Mornings, NBC 5 Chicago.

The hour-long program will feature the Chicago Children’s Choir brought to you by Glade®, the Trainees from the Joffrey Academy of Dance, official school of The Joffrey Ballet, performing an excerpt from the holiday classic The Nutcracker, cast members from the Goodman Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol and songs from Broadway in Chicago’s Elf the Musical and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™

Joffrey Ballet Chicago  Elf the Musical Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™


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.


Other Holiday Happenings to Enjoy at Daley Plaza:


UL Santa HouseUL Santa House

Jolly Old St. Nick will again grace the plaza with his holiday cheer in his Midwest satellite workshop on Daley Plaza from November 26-December 24. Find out more information.




Christkindlmarket ChicagoChristkindlmarket Chicago

Once a year, Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago transforms into a European holiday village filled with candy cane striped wooden huts and twinkling lights that harkens back to the traditional holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany. The magical atmosphere of the Christkindlmarket Chicago returns to Daley Plaza for its 18th year, opening its doors from November 26 until December 24.





Tuesday, November 26, 2013




Music program begins at 5 pm; Tree will be lit at 6 pm




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








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