Celebrate the holiday season at #MillenniumPark Campus with holiday traditions including the City of Chicago Christmas Tree, ice skating and more!
The Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with holiday music featuring cast members from Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. Celebrating 40 years, the
production runs from November 18 to December 31. For tickets and information, visit www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Carol
For country music fans, Southwest Airlines presents Temecula Road the rising country music trio comprised of sisters Emma and Maddie Slute and Dawson Anderson. The group will also perform on November 18 during the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile® Lights Festival.
Additionally, more than 70 students from the Oakdale Christian Academy Choir will perform inspirational holiday music. The ceremony will be emceed by Demetrius Ivory and Erin Ivory of WGN Morning News along with a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus!
The 104th Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events sponsored in part by 93.9 MY FM, Chicago Transit Authority and InterPark Parking Garages. The lights adorning the Tree are donated by IBEW Local 134 and the decor at its base is provided by the Millennium Park Foundation.
The 2017 City of Chicago Christmas Tree was donated by Darlene Dorfler of Grayslake, Illinois. The 62-foot Norway Spruce was selected out of 71 submissions received by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The Tree will shine in Chicago’s iconic Millennium Park (Washington St. and Michigan Ave.) through January 6, 2018.
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park and the Ice Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park will open earlier that same day on Friday, November 17, at noon, and will offer ice skating through March 4, 2018, weather permitting.
Before the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink opens to the public, there will be a free program at 11 a.m. with performances by ice skaters from IceReach Non-profit and a grand finale by cast from Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, Crystal – A breakthrough ice experience. Admission is free, and skate rental is $12 on Monday through Thursday and $14 on Friday through Sunday and holidays. Visit the Millennium Park website for more information including hours and free ice skating lessons. www.millenniumpark.org
The Millennium Park Campus is the epicenter of holiday fun in Chicago, including 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. The Wreathing of the Lions has been a tradition at the 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 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.