KICK-OFF THE HOLIDAYS AT THE 101ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 AT DALEY PLAZA
Mayor Emanuel will be joined by Dee Snider, Santa Claus, The Grinch and other special guests to start the holiday season in Chicago
The City of Chicago and UL are pleased to announce the lineup for the 101st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 25, at Daley Plaza (Washington St. and Dearborn St.). The FREE event begins at 4:30 p.m. with performances headlined by rocker Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame. The official tree lighting will be at 5 p.m.
“Each year Chicagoans gather for the annual tree lighting ceremony to officially start the holiday season,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I hope you will join me on Daley Plaza together with your family and friends for this holiday tradition.”
Dee Snider, best known as the front man for the legendary rock band Twisted Sister, headlines the event. Snider will perform a medley from Broadway In Chicago’s Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale which begins its world premiere at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on November 4 through January 4, 2015.
Hansel and Gretel from Emerald City Theatre’s Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat will also perform a song from their classic story reimagined as a family rock musical. The musical will be playing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place starting November 22 through January 4, 2015.
Tony Award® winner Shuler Hensley as The Grinch will be on hand to provide color commentary during the ceremony and help light the tree. He will be appearing in the delightful family musical Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returning to Chicago for a limited holiday engagement from November 20 to November 29 at The Chicago Theatre.
Since 2009, Chicago’s Christmas tree has been donated by a Chicago-area family. During the summer and early fall, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events received more than 80 submissions from Chicagoland residents who hoped that their tree would be selected to shine on Daley Plaza during the holidays. The winning tree will be announced on November 5 and the family will join Mayor Emanuel and UL on stage at the ceremony to light the tree. Chicago’s Christmas tree will be on display at Daley Plaza through January 8, 2014.
The 101st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the City of Chicago and UL. “UL is deeply rooted in the Chicago landscape and we are proud to, once again, be a sponsor of the City of Chicago’s annual Christmas tree lighting,” said UL’s President and CEO Keith Williams.
Santa Claus will once again set up shop on Daley Plaza in an all-new Santa House provided by ECODOME Inc. Santa’s Midwest headquarters will be open to children of all ages where they can experience the wonder of the North Pole and have their picture taken with Santa Claus throughout the holiday season.
Visits with Santa Claus begin on Tuesday, November 25 at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with special hours on Wednesday, November 26 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Santa’s regular visiting hours and house tours will begin on Friday, November 28 and continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 21 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. During Christmas week, December 22-23, the house will be open each day from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., with special hours on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Santa will be available for photos, so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Admission is FREE. For information on all programs presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit our website at cityofchicago.org/dcase and join us on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE.
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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.