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Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Summary

Event Overview: A holiday tradition each November, the Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting marks the official beginning of the holiday season in Chicago. Combined with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the 50-ft. tall Christmas Tree Lighting Chicago can be found at the Daley Civic Center, and the lights are turned on the evening before Thanksgiving annually at the Daley Center Plaza Downtown.

What to Expect: Christmas in Chicago means cold weather, tons of beautiful lights, and hundreds of kids waiting in line to hand over their wish list to Santa Clause. Expect all this and more at the Christmas Tree Lighting Chicago.

  • Holiday Fun: Nothing says Christmas in Chicago quite like the Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Daley Center. Make an evening of it by exploring the nearby Festival of Lights on the Magnificent Mile, or walk across the plaza and check out the Christkindlmarket on the Daley Center Plaza.
  • Beautiful Lights: With hundreds of thousands of beautiful lights lining the 50-ft. Chicago Christmas tree, you won't want to leave your camera behind when you visit the beautiful Christmas Tree Lighting Chicago. 
  • Big Crowds: Despite the early start time, crowds in town for the Thanksgiving weekend continue to show up in droves at the Christmas Tree Lighting Chicago. Keep an eye on the little ones as you traverse the heavy crowds at this popular holiday event in Chicago.

Inside Knowledge: If you can't make the Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting, don't sweat it! You'll have plenty of opportunities to see this top Chicago attraction throughout the holidays, as it remains lit until early January. 

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Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting

Until Nov 18


Daley Civic Center
50 W Washington St
Chicago, US
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Event Dates

Nov 17,2017 - Nov 18,2017

Event Cost


Annual tradition at the Daley Plaza kicks off the holiday season in Chicago

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Event Quick Facts

  • The Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting is a holiday tradition at the Daley Civic Center Plaza in The Loop of Chicago. 
  • The Christmas Tree Lighting Chicago takes place the afternoon before Thanksgiving each year. 
  • Family friendly fun at the Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting include a tree lighting countdown, live music and an appearance by the most important man of the hour - Santa Clause, of course!



Nearest Transit:
Washington-Blue (Blue Line); Clark/lake (subway) (Blue Line); Clark/lake (elevated) (Brown Line, Green Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line)

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