There's something warm about a community coming together in the cold, hot chocolates in hand, holiday music twinkling, waiting for the oohs and aahs as the city or village tree is lit. Here's a list of tree lighting ceremonies around the Chicago area this holiday.
Weeklong holiday fest features display of holiday trees, wreaths and decorations; numerous special events such as concerts, holiday classic films, performance of the Nutcracker and the Teddy Bear Tea. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events.
Watch the Daley Plaza tree light, along with live performances and holiday music. Visit Santa's House from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.
There will be family activities at several locations including a tree lighting ceremony, parade, museum free day, ice carving, craft activities and musical performances. Visit website for a complete list of events.
The traditional ceremony of wreathing the Art Institute's lions
takes place on the steps at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, visit a
drop-in workshop to create small golden embossed relief sculptures
inspired by Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British
Museum and the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and a
hoilday wreath. Include a live performance by the
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, complimentary hot chocolate, and an
appearance by Artie the Lion.
Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, a visit with Santa and live music.
Santa Lucia arrives by horse-drawn carriage and Santa arrives to open the Gingerbread House. Enjoy carolers, the Great Tree lighting, old fashioned candy cane pull, roasted chestnuts, Swedish cookies and shopping. Call for Santa hours and complimentary horse-drawn carriage ride times/date.
The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Walk features live-action store window displays, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a marshmallow roast, face painting, refreshments, and Santa.
Featuring live entertainment, specialty vendors, kids' crafts and activities, and food. Enjoy tree lighting ceremony, parades, carriage rides, movies and carnival rides. Visit website for schedule of events.
The City of Elgin kicks off the holiday season with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mayor David Kaptain, City Council Members, and Santa Claus will turn on the holiday tree lights at 5 p.m. Other activities include Winter Wonderland hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association and free skating at City-Skate from noon-9 p.m. The Salvation Army will be giving out free hot chocolate and accepting non-perishable food donations.
Kickoff the holiday season with the annual tree lighting and late night shopping on Saturday Dec. 7. Enjoy kids' activities on Sunday, Dec. 8, featuring trolley, choirs and Santa.