Tree lighting ceremonies around Chicago for 2012

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.

Daley Plaza Annual Tree Lighting and Santa House

Watch the Daley Plaza tree light, along with live performances and holiday music. Visit Santa's House from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.


Festival of Trees

Weeklong holiday fest features display of holiday trees, wreaths and decorations; numerous special events such as concerts, holiday classic films, wine tastings and the Teddy Bear Tea. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events.


Light Up the Holidays Festival

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.


Wreathing of the Lions

The traditional ceremony of wreathing the Art Institute's lions takes place on the steps of the museum at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, visit the Ryan Education Center for a craft project inspired by the Neapolitan Crèche and holiday-decorated Thorne Miniature Rooms. Plus, meet the Art Institute's mascot, Artie the Lion.


City of Elgin Tree Lighting

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-6 p.m.


Geneva’s Great Tree Lighting and Christmas Walk

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.




Holiday Walk and Tree Lighting

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.


Tree Lighting in Wilder Park

Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, a visit with Santa and live music.


Holiday Happenings in Downtown Tinley Park

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.


Roscoe Village Winterfest

Kickoff the holiday season with the annual tree lighting and late night shopping on Saturday. Enjoy kids' activities on Sunday plus trolley, choirs and Santa.


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