Millennium Park’s Big Tree Lighting Ceremony & Ice Rink Return On November 19th

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Millennium Park’s Big Tree Lighting Ceremony & Ice Rink Return On November 19th

Chicago’s beloved holiday events are back!

The Millennium Park Christmas tree is no doubt Chicago’s “official” Christmas tree. Every year the lights are switched on during a jubilant annual ceremony that marks the start of the festive season. From then on the great tree illuminates the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street filling onlookers with joy and festive cheer.

Like many of Chicago’s cherished holiday traditions, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Millennium Park last year went virtual in order to prevent crowds gathering during the pandemic. Now our beloved events are returning to the in-person events we once knew and loved and the tree lighting ceremony for Millennium Park’s massive Christmas tree is the latest to announce its return. The City of Chicago recently revealed that the 108th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be held at 6 pm on November 19th and the tree will remain lit up through January 9, 2022.

“Chicago’s “official” Christmas tree, the 108th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree in Millennium Park, will shine brightly near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. from November 19 through January 9. All-virtual in 2020, this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be in-person on Friday, November 19 starting at 6 pm (with the actual lighting at approximately 6:30 pm).” read an official release on Chicago.gov.

There will also be a return of winter ice skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink for its 20th season from November 19, 2021—March 6, 2022.  As ever, admission will be free, but online reservations will be required.

Previously called Caroling at Cloud Gate has been renamed Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to sing out and celebrate Chicago’s diverse holiday traditions on Fridays at 6 pm from November 26 through December 17. This year it has “been reimagined to be more inclusive of Chicago’s many faith backgrounds, cultures and holiday music traditions” according to Chicago.gov.

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