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Millennium Park

Chicago’s downtown winter campus includes Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The entire family will enjoy skating, caroling, Santa Claus and the 104th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17.
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

November 17, 2017-March 4, 2018

Millennium Park


Caroling at Cloud Gate

Caroling at Cloud Gate

Fridays, November 24, December 1, 8, & 15, 2017

Millennium Park


Christmas Tree in Millennium Park

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 17, 2017

Millennium Park

Dance-Along Nutcracker®

Dance-Along Nutcracker®

December 3, 2017

Chicago Cultural Center



The Millennium Park Campus is the epicenter of holiday fun in Chicago. See the lighting of the city’s sparkling Christmas tree, skate at the iconic McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, and join in caroling at Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) or the Do-It-Yourself Messiah at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance—all in Millennium Park, Chicago’s town square and the #1 attraction in the Midwest. There’s more skating and family fun just across the BP Bridge at the ice ribbon in Maggie Daley Park. The Wreathing of the Lions has been a tradition at the Art Institute of Chicago for more than 25 years; watch as cheery holiday wreaths are placed on the regal lion statues on the museum steps (where they’re up all season), then head inside for art-making activities. And you won’t want to miss the Dance-Along Nutcracker® at the Chicago Cultural Center—with dance lessons and live music for children of all ages and abilities under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.

Millennium Park Campus holiday events and activities are produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events along with the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago Park District, Harris Theater, the International Music Foundation, Lurie Garden and The Park Grill & Plaza at Millennium Park.



Information and Resources

Millennium Park

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601

Free Admission
Open Daily, 6am-11pm
Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.

Chicago, IL 60602

FREE Admission

Building Hours:

  • Monday–Friday, 10am–7pm
  • Saturday–Sunday, 10am–5pm

Closed Holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day (Nov.  23)
  • Christmas Day (Dec. 25)

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