Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
If you are attending the tree lighting at Millennium Park, please note:
The Grant Park North Garage’s southbound entrance ramp will be closed due to the evening festivities, please use the Northbound entrance at Madison and Michigan. All garages are open!
Click here for official road closure information
The 110th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree in Millennium Park, will shine brightly near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. from November through mid-January. This year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Friday, November 17. Emceed by Joe Donlon and Irika Sargent of CBS 2, the 2023 event will include multiple viewing locations with screens and concessions across the Park and a main stage on Washington St. with the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by fireworks. Families are invited to join the festivities for an evening of joyous celebrations.
Millennium Park Holiday Art Market
Friday/Saturday 12p-8pm & Sunday 12pm-5pm
Enjoy shopping, live entertainment and concessions at the Millennium Park Holiday Art Market! The opening of the market is aligned with the 110th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17 and will be open through the weekend. Located in the Chase Promenade North tent, the Holiday Art Market features dozens of local artists selling a variety of items including jewelry, pottery, drawings, paintings and more. The diverse market also features vendors from a variety of arts organizations. Holiday themed food, hot drinks, and cocktails items will be available, along with live music.
Ice Skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
November 17 – March 3
Ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park returns November 17 through March 3 (weather permitting). DCASE presents free skating lessons (reservations required) from 9am-10am on most Saturdays and Sundays, teaching beginner and intermediate ice skating and hockey skills. Free lessons are made possible by the McDonald’s Active Lifestyles Endowment managed by the Millennium Park Foundation.
Millennium Park Sing-Alongs in Wrigley Square
December 1st, 8th, 15th from 6pm-7pm
The Chicago Cultural Center Open House
December 9: 1pm-6pm
The Chicago Cultural Center presents a family-friendly Open House event this December. The historic building invites all ages to join in the fun with a SLOOMOO Slime Activation, live performances by Uniting Voices Chicago and Son Monarcas, family films, holiday shopping from local artists, Bingo and more! Stop by anytime to enjoy the engaging arts activities on all four floors and experience the transformative exhibitions on display as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. More details at ChicagoCulturalCenter.org.
Bundle up and belt out songs in celebration of Chicago’s diverse holiday traditions in Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square on Fridays, December 1, 8, and 15. Each week features a local Chicago choral group leading guests and families in song. Sing-alongs begin at 6pm. The Holiday Sing-Along is made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation with generous support from the Pritzker Foundation.