Holiday lights have long been a Chicago tradition, with each year’s efforts clearly attempting to outdo the displays from years prior. This year, experience the celebration of Chicago’s 100th Annual Christmas Tree lighting – an event highly anticipated event for locals and tourists alike!
Chicago’s Annual Tree Lighting:
The free event welcomes attendees of all ages – making it a sensational event for the entire family to enjoy. And best of all? The celebration is free! The festivities begin at 5 pm on Tuesday, November 26th at Daley Plaza. Expect to see stunning holiday displays, along with esteemed live performances. Ideally located near the Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour, Sky Deck Chicago, and a stop on the South Side Tour by Gray Line, do not pass up the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of such a reverent, family-oriented Chicagoan tradition!
Another holiday landmark opening the 26th of November is Christkindlmarket! This traditional German American Holiday Market is arriving on Daley Plaza for its 18th year, offering a bevvy of shopping, food, and entertainment options, the Christkindlmarket presents a taste of holiday charm for all ages! Take photos with Christkind, sing along with the University of Chicago German Jingle Bells Choir, marvel at the colorful displays at the Lantern Parade, and so much more! See the full Schedule of Events.
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival:
After a visit to the gleaming holiday lights at Navy Pier, head on over to the Magnificent Mile – Chicago’s most infamous shopping street. Kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 23rd at the Magnificent Mile Light’s Festival. You’ll experience a fun-filled day of Family-friendly activities, rockin’ concerts by top musical artists, irresistible holiday shopping, and a grand Tree-Lighting Parade marshaled by beloved Disney characters! And as if the holiday lights aren’t dazzling enough, top off this unforgettable day with a firework spectacular over the Chicago River!
And the holiday décor doesn’t end there! Just about every corner of Chicago is beaming with bright holiday lights – from the Buckingham Fountain to the Lincoln Park Zoo, and everywhere in-between – Chicagoans will be decking the halls! For the ultimate view of illuminated Chicago, pay a visit to the John Hancock Observatory – where you can see panoramic views of the adorned skyline. See the top 25 attractions in Chicago with discounts up to 55% off with your Go Chicago Card! Also check out the Chicago Holiday Attractions package to save 29% on a North Side Tour, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Museum of Science and Industry. To learn more, visit SmartDestinations.com!