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106th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FREE Admission at Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.
The program will feature Grammy® Award-winning artist Jonathan Butler who grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and recently released his second Christmas album, “Christmas Together.” Also performing will be Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music, a modern Latino Mariachi made up of the 9-member Lucero family. Performing the traditional music of Mexico, these 4th generation musicians are passionate about inspiring families to enjoy music, culture and creativity together. Following, rag doll Eleanor and the elves from “Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish – The Musical” will show off their wrapping and “rapping.” The music performances will be followed by a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the City of Chicago’s 106th Christmas Tree!
Millennium Park Campus holiday events are produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Park District, Lurie Garden, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the International Music Foundation and The Park Grill – Chicago & Plaza at Millennium Park. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit www.millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook (Millennium Park) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, Millennium Park
Additional upcoming #ChiHolidays events include…
The Millennium Park Art Market with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago will feature one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists. Supported by the Millennium Park Foundation, the market offers free admission running November 22 and 23, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and November 25, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. in a heated tent on the Chase Promenade North.
Winter in Millennium Park is not the same without skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, which will begin the weekend before the holiday festivities on Friday, November 15, at 11 a.m., with a special program featuring the skaters from the Robert Crown Community Center of Evanston. The rink will be open through March 8, 2020.
All are invited to bundle up and belt out holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate located on the park’s iconic Cloud Gate Plaza. The festive series is part concert, part sing-along with some of our city’s most entertaining choirs on Fridays from November 29 through December 20 beginning at 6 p.m.
November 29 Sounds Good! Choir
December 6 Mark Hubbard and The Voices
December 13 Chicago Children’s Choir
December 20 Wicker Park Choral Singers
Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and dance skills are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic at the Dance-Along Nutcracker® on Sunday, December 8. Optional dance lessons at 9 a.m. and Noon precede the hour-long participatory performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The Dance-Along Nutcracker®, created in 1985, is the property of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world’s first openly gay musical organization.