Chicago's 100th Anniversary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza - photos

The 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was held Tuesday at Daley Plaza. A music program and the tree lighting ceremony was emceed by father-and-son journalists Lester Holt, host of Dateline NBC and weekend anchor for Today and NBC Nightly News, and Stefan Holt, Anchor, Mornings, NBC 5 Chicago.

During the lighting ceremony Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed the Moore family of South Holland, Ill. Terri Moore and her daughters Taylor and Kirsten, donated the the 57-foot Colorado blue spruce to the city.

Chicago’s first municipal Christmas tree was lit in 1913 on Christmas Eve by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park. The tree was a 35 foot tall Douglas Spruce placed on 40 ft poles and studded with smaller trees to give the appearance of a much larger tree. It was decorated with 600 multi-colored lights and topped with the Star of Bethlehem.


Today's Tree Lighting Ceremony featured Live Performances headlined by Darlene Love, among her musical performances was "Please Come Home,” a song she has sung every year on the Late Show With David Letterman for nearly 30 years.


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