102nd Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony photos

Chicago's 102nd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place at Millennium Park on 11/24/2015. It started at 5:00 pm with Holiday music and was emceed by the father/daughter duo of Bob Jordan, WGN TV Weekend Anchor, and Karen Jordan, ABC 7 Weekend Anchor and reporter.

“For more than one hundred years, Chicagoans have gathered for the annual tree lighting ceremony to officially start the holiday season,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I invite you to join me in Millennium Park together with your family and friends for this long held holiday tradition.”

Chicago’s 102nd Christmas Tree was donated by the Voelker family of Northlake, Illinois. Their 63-foot Colorado Blue Spruce was selected out of 130 submissions received by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The Voelker family will join Santa Claus and other guests to light the tree at the annual ceremony.

Headlining the ceremony is one of the most beloved musical ambassadors of our time, Renée Fleming, “the people’s diva.” Since 2010 she has served as the Creative Consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago and this holiday season she will be appearing in Lyric’s presentation of The Merry Widow with seven performances beginning November 14. Ms. Fleming will perform holiday classics during the ceremony.

Internationally acclaimed soprano, Danielle de Niese, appearing in Lyric Opera’s world premiere of Bel Canto, will also perform at the tree lighting ceremony. Bel Canto was curated by Renée Fleming and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Ann Patchett. The new opera was created by composer Jimmy Lopez and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrite Nilo Cruz. Lyric’s music director, Sir Andrew Davis, will conduct the world premier when it opens on December 7 with performances through January 17 at Lyric.

Cast members from Emerald City Theatre’s A Charlie Brown Christmas will perform songs from the stage production running November 14 through January 3, 2016, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. A Charlie Brown Christmas is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson and adapted for the stage by Eric Schaeffer by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

Completing the program, Latin Music Project Ensemble by PRAA, will perform traditional holiday music.

The City’s first official Christmas Tree was lit by Mayor Carter Harrison in 1913 in Grant Park at Monroe St. and Michigan Ave – two blocks from where the tree will now stand. For 52 years, from 1913 to 1965, Chicago’s official Christmas Tree stood in various locations in Grant Park. In 1966, the tree was moved to Daley Plaza where it has been for the last 48 years with one exception: in 1982 the tree was moved to State St. and Wacker Dr. but returned to Daley Plaza the following year. This holiday season, the tree is moving to Millennium Park to combine with other holiday activities to create Chicago’s premier “winter wonderland.”

Larger images can be viewed on Another Look at Chicago Facebook Page link here,

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