Watch Millennium Park light up at Chicago’s 103rd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Experience 48,375 multi-colored lights light up a 69-foot Norway spruce while enjoying performances from festive groups. Cast members from “Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” will be performing songs from the play, and the Chicago Community Chorus will be singing holiday classics. There will also be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The 69-foot Norway spruce was submitted to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for consideration along with 119 other nominees for Millennium Park. The criteria for the tree is that it be at least 55 feet tall, a spruce or fir tree, and within 100 miles of the Loop. Bill Scholla from Wauconda, Ill. nominated the selected tree and will light it up with his family.
Earlier that day the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink will open for the season. During the winter the delicious Park Grill removes all the furniture on their front patio and transforms the space into a magical skating rink. It doesn’t get more Chicago than skating in the Loop with the skyscrapers on one side and the Bean on the other. If you’re not the greatest skater in the world then you can show up an hour before the rink opens on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and take a free lesson.
Chicago’s 103rd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Admission is free. For more information visit cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/tree0. The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink will also open Nov. 18 and 12 p.m. at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Admission is free and skate rentals are $12. For more information visit cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park10.