City of Chicago Christmas Tree

November 22, 2019—January 6, 2020

Millennium Park, Near Washington St. & Michigan Ave.

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony(click on image to enlarge)

 Nelson Tree

Enjoy the glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art and architecture of Millennium Park.

Chicago’s 106th Christmas Tree has been donated by Gene Nelson and his family. The 55 Foot Blue Spruce from Elgin, Illinois was selected from more than 40 submissions received by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.


City of Chicago Christmas Tree LightingSanta Claus

Friday, November 22, 6pm

Millennium Park's Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.

The program will feature Grammy® Award-winning artist Jonathan Butler who grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and recently released his second Christmas album, Christmas Together. Also performing will be Cielito Lindo, a modern Latino Mariachi made up of the 9-member Lucero family. Performing the traditional music of Mexico, these 4th generation musicians are passionate about inspiring families to enjoy music, culture and creativity together. Following, rag doll Eleanor and the elves from Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical will show off their wrapping and "rapping.” The music performances will be followed by a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.


This event will have an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter located at stage right (Michigan Ave. side of the stage). For additional information about Accessibility in Millennium Park, please visit our accessibility page.

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Admission is FREE
Open Daily 6am–11pm
Welcome Center 9am–5pm
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Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Take CTA to Millennium Park

  • From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.
  • From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.
  • Served by buses 3, 4, 6, J14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 146, 147, 151, 157

If parking, Millennium Garages are located at Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave. Pre-purchase parking online and save up to 50% off drive-up rates.

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