Millennium Park Holiday Programming

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The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) invites you to celebrate this holiday season downtown with free events for the whole family! From ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and Maggie Daley Park to the annual lighting of the Tree and Millennium Park Holiday Art Market - you won't want to miss these special seasonal events. Sign up for our Holiday Newsletter to be notified of the season's special events only happening in downtown Chicago!


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(events are subject to change)

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Open through March 3, 2024

Millennium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Free to skate, but online reservations are required.

Reservable Ice Skating Sessions (free!) are 90 minutes and start at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm Monday-Sunday.


Presented by

Hilton, For The Stay

City of Chicago Christmas Tree

110th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree

The Tree will be on display through January 7, 2024

Millennium Park, Near Washington St. & Michigan Ave.

Presented by

Powering Chicago IBEW 134/NECA

Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along

Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Alongs

Fridays, December 1, 8, 15, 6-7pm

Millennium Park, Wrigley Square

Holiday shopping at Buddy store

Holiday shopping at Buddy store

Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11am-5pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor South

Chicago Cultural Center Open House

Chicago Cultural Center Open House

Saturday, December 9, 1–6pm

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

Open Daily, 10am–5pm


Discounted parking is available for pre-purchase at Millennium Garages.

There's more fun across the entire Millennium Park Campus at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Park District's Maggie Daley Park, and Millennium Hall. Event highlights include:


ART on THE MART “Season of Light”

Projections are best viewed on The Chicago Riverwalk Jetty between Wells and Franklin Street

November 16 - December 30, 2023

On view nightly at 7:30pm


Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon

337 E. Randolph St.

Open through March 10, 2024, weather dependent, visit website for hours

FREE Admission; Skate rental is available


Art Institute of Chicago - Celebrating 130 Years as Chicago’s Home for the Holidays

111 S. Michigan Ave.


Christkindlmarket Chicago

Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

Open through December 24