Christmas Tree Submissions

September 26, 2019

The City of Chicago is accepting tree nominations now through October 18!


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Millennium ParkThe City of Chicago is looking for a tree to grace Millennium Park and serve as the City’s “official” Christmas tree this holiday season. Through Friday, October 18, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will accept tree nominations from the Chicagoland area. The family of the selected tree will get the opportunity to “flip the switch” and light the tree at the 106th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 22 in Millennium Park.

The City of Chicago’s 106th Christmas Tree will shine this holiday season in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. The musical program will begin at 6pm in Wrigley Square.

In order to secure the perfect tree, all nominated trees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 55 feet or taller;
  • Be located less than 100 miles from Chicago’s Loop;
  • AND preferably, be a Spruce or Fir Tree. Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough.

Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

All submissions need to include: the owner(s) name, address, phone and email; at least two photographs (one from afar and one up close); and a brief description of why the tree should be Chicago’s official Christmas Tree including any background information on the tree that makes it special.

Trees can be nominated via email to or by mail to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL. 60602 (must be received by October 18). The selected tree will be announced in early November. 


Past Christmas Trees 2009-2018

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2009 Weivoda Family Tree 2010 Colomer Tree 2011 Spangler Tree 2009 Weivoda Family Tree 2013 - Lucy, the 100th Tree - The Moore Family Tree    
2014 Atkinson Tree 2015 Voelker Tree 2016 Scholla Tree 2017 Dorfler Tree 2018 Orth Tree    

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