Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony moves to Millennium Park

Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony moves to Millennium Park

Chicago’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held in Millennium Park in 2015 for the first time ever, starting a brand new Chicago tradition.

Calling Millennium Park “Chicago’s new winter campus”  Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said “The ice skating rink in Millennium Park, Caroling at Cloud Gate and the opening of Maggie Daley Park provide a unique site for Chicagoans to view and enjoy the city’s 102nd Christmas Tree.”

The lighting ceremony will take place, as always, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving which falls on November 24 this year.  The holiday tree will be located in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

The ceremony kicks off with a program at 5:30 p.m. followed by the official lighting at 6 p.m.

In preparation for this year’s lighting ceremony, the city must find a tree worthy of its lofty new location. They are now accepting tree nominations from the Chicagoland area through October 26, 2015.

Here are the rules:

In order to secure the perfect tree, all trees nominated must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 55 feet or taller;
  • Be located less than 100 miles from Chicago’s Loop;
  • Preferably, be a Spruce or Fir Tree. Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough.

Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

All submissions need to include:

  • The name(s) of owners, address, contact information, etc.;
  • At least two photographs (one from afar and one up close;
  • A brief description of why your tree should be Chicago’s Official Christmas Tree and include any background information on the tree that makes it special.

Trees nominations can be submitted via email to email or by mail to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, Ill. 60602.  (must be received by October 26). Chicago’s 102nd Christmas Tree will be announced in early November. For complete details, please, click here.


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