The holidays at Millennium Park from ice skating to tree lighting

The holidays at Millennium Park from ice skating to tree lighting
Ice skaters at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Photo: City of Chicago

 Ice skating at Millennium Park opens November 15, 2019

Ice Skating at Millennium Park opens for the season at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink on Friday, November 15. 

Millennium Park will be the epicenter for a variety of holiday activities including home to the official City Christmas Tree, ice skating, music, exhibitions, an art market and other free family fun.

Ice skaters at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Photo: City of Chicago

Ice skaters at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Photo: City of Chicago

Skating is FREE and open to the public, with skate rentals available for $13 from Monday to Thursday and $15 on Friday to Sunday and holidays. The rink is open from November 15 through March 8.

Hours for the rink

  • Mondays–Thursdays, noon–8pm
  • Fridays, noon–10pm (ice skating lesson at 11am)
  • Saturdays (Nov. 15–Jan. 4), 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Saturdays (Jan. 11–Mar. 7), 10am–9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Sundays, 10am–9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Special holiday hours, TBA, may be different

Opening Day Program and activities on the ice

Ice skaters at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Photo: City of Chicago

Ice skaters at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Photo: City of Chicago

At 11 a.m., Friday, November 15, a special program will feature performances by the professional skating group American Ice Theatre Chicago as well as the celebrated Starlights Synchronized Skating Teams, who are part of the current TEAM USA and current World Junior Competitors.

Open skating and free lessons will follow the program and performance.

Special Events

Winter Workouts Program

The Winter Workouts program will offers free skating lessons for all ages and skill levels, one hour before the rink opens. The lessons take place on Fridays (usually 11 a.m.), Saturdays and Sundays (usually 9 a.m.), during School Winter Break (December 21–January 5, daily at 9 a.m., except December 25 and January 1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 20, at 9 a.m.) and President’s Day (February 17, at 9 a.m.). Grant support for Winter Workouts ice skating lessons is provided by the McDonald’s Active Lifestyles Endowment, managed by the Millennium Park Foundation.

First and Third Thursdays

Each first and third Thursday starting in December will feature DJs spinning music for everyone spinning on the rink from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday DJ Nights are made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation. 

Holiday Happenings

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 106th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 22, at 6 p.m., featuring music by Grammy® Award-winning artist Jonathan Butler, Cielito Lindo, a modern Latinx mariachi made up of the nine-member Lucero family, cast members from Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical and independent music artist and songwriter Skylar Stecker and, of course, SANTA CLAUS. Millennium Park, Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.

Millennium Park Art Market 

One-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more by student artists from the School of the Art Institute and Columbia College will be for sale. November 22–23, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., November 24, 11 a.m.–5 p.m, Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North

Caroling at Cloud Gate

Join local Chicago choral groups along with hundreds of celebrants singing holiday classics.Fridays, November 29, December 6, 13 and 20, 6 p.m. Millennium Park, Cloud Gate Plaza.

For more information visit millenniumpark.org.

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