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.
With Halloween now behind us, our favorite annual festive events are only weeks away and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Millennium Park is one of the most iconic.
Chicago Loop Alliance, has now announced that the 110th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree in Millennium Park will this year be illuminated on Friday, November 17 at 6 p.m.
“Emceed by Joe Donlon and Irika Sargent of CBS 2, the 2023 event will include multiple viewing locations with screens and concessions across the Park and a main stage on Washington St. with the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by fireworks” read an official release.
Families are invited to join the festivities and welcome in the enormous tree that will shine brightly for several weeks through to Sunday, January 7, 2024.
As ever, admission will be free, but online reservations will be required.
Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along, previously known as Caroling at Cloud Gate, will also return inviting anybody and everybody to come out and sing while celebrating “Chicago’s many faith backgrounds, cultures, and holiday music traditions” and is also expected to return.
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