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Chicago’s 103rd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


November 18, 6pm

Millennium Park

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 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The City of Chicago is proud to present the 103rd Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Millennium Park, Friday, November 18.

The 103rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature a performance by the international percussion sensation created by Luke Cresswell and Steve NcNicholas: STOMP along with a special appearance by Santa Claus. The full lineup will be announced in early November along with the announcement of the 2016 Christmas Tree. Nominations for the Chicago’s Christmas Tree are now being accepted through October 21; for details, visit

The 103rd Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored in part by the 93.9 MYfm, Chicago Transit Authority. The lights adorning the Christmas tree are donated and placed on the tree by IBEW Local 134.

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



Other Holiday Events

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

November 18, 2016-March 5, 2017; Hours Vary

Millennium Park

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium park will kick off the winter season on Friday, November 18 (weather permitting), on the same day as the 103rd Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration.


Caroling at Cloud Gate

Fridays, November 25, December 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2016; 6-7pm

Millennium Park

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics at these festive events that are part concert, part sing-along as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.


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Millennium Park

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

FREE Admission

Millennium Park Open Daily, 6am-11pm 

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