Chicago’s 104th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 17, 2017 • 6pm

Millennium Park

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Enjoy this holiday tradition, a glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art of Millennium Park. The City of Chicago is proud to present the 104th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 17.

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

The Christmas Tree will remain up until Monday, January 1, 2018.


Nominate Your Tree

The City of Chicago is accepting tree nominations through October 20!

The tree selected will serve as Chicago’s “official” Christmas Tree this holiday season and the family of the selected tree will get the opportunity to light the tree at the 104th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.


All trees nominated must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 55 feet or taller;
  • Be located less than 100 miles from Chicago’s Loop; and
  • Preferably, be a Spruce or Fir Tree. Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough.

Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.


Trees can be submitted via email to or by mail to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, Ill. 60602 (must be received by October 20).

Please include: The owner(s) name, address, phone and email; at least two photographs (one from afar and one up close); and a brief description of why the tree should be Chicago’s official Christmas Tree including any background information on the tree that makes it special.

The tree selected to be Chicago’s Christmas Tree will be announced in early November.


Information and Resources

Millennium Park

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

FREE Admission

Millennium Park Open Daily, 6am-11pm 

Visitor Information

 The City of Chicago's 1913 Christmas Tree in Grant Park

History of the Christmas Tree


 Supporting Information Facts

 I Want To

 Additional Information