Millennium Park Campus Winter Programming

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The Millennium Park Campus is the epicenter of holiday fun in Chicago with holiday traditions, ice skating, music, exhibitions, nature and fun for the whole family this season.


(events are subject to change)

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

November 16, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Millennium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink






105th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree

105th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree

November 16, 2018 - January 7, 2019

Millennium Park, Near Washington St. & Michigan Ave.


New! Millennium Park Art Market

New! Millennium Park Art Market

November 16-18

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North


Caroling at Cloud Gate

Caroling at Cloud Gate

November 23 & 30 & December 7, 12 & 14

Millennium Park, Cloud Gate


Skating Theme Nights

Skating Theme Nights

Most Thursdays, November 29 - March 7

Millennium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink


Dance-Along Nutcracker ®

Dance-Along Nutcracker ®

December 2

Chicago Cultural Center


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


NHL Winter Classic Park

December 29-31, 11am-5pm

Celebrate hockey and the New Year at NHL Winter Classic Park™! Before the Blackhawks and the Bruins take the ice outdoors at iconic Notre Dame Stadium, you can be a part of this free fan festival in downtown Chicago. Enjoy games, food and drinks, meet and get autographs from Blackhawks and Bruins alumni, and take your picture with the greatest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup®!

For information and schedule, visit


Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon

337 E. Randolph St.

November 16–March, weather dependent, visit websites for hours

Skate with Santa: Saturday, December 15, 10am–noon

FREE Admission; Skate rental is $13 Mon–Thu and $15 Fri–Sun/Holidays

$40 Fast Passes are available


Exelon Family Series: Opera Atelier

Saturday, November 17, 2pm

Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

$18 tickets


Wreathing of the Lions

Friday, November 23, 10am

Art Institute of Chicago Michigan Avenue entrance, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Outdoor wreathing is FREE; museum entry requires general admission, though children under 14 are FREE


Art Institute 125th Anniversary

Saturday, December 8, noon & 2pm

Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Gallery talks are FREE with museum general admission and children under 14 are FREE


Live Music Now! Young People’s Concert with Millar Brass

Thursday, December 20, 10:30am and noon performances

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

FREE Admission


16th Annual Gingerbread House Making Brunch

Sunday, December 16, 10am–1pm & 1–4pm

Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave.

$25 per gingerbread house; a la carte brunch menu available


Do-it-Yourself Messiah

December 17 & 18, 7pm

Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr.

$15 tickets

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