THE ATKINSON FAMILY TREE FROM ELGIN, ILLINOIS WILL SHINE IN
DALEY PLAZA AS CHICAGO’S OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE
Tree will be unveiled at lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 25
The City of Chicago is pleased to announce that the Atkinson Family Tree from Elgin, Illinois was selected to serve as this year’s Christmas tree on Daley Plaza. The 57-foot Colorado blue spruce will be lit at the 101st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 25. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. with live performances by Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Show, Hansel & Gretel - A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat and a special appearance by The Grinch from Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – followed by the lighting ceremony at 5 p.m.
Donna Atkinson and her family will join Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Santa Claus, sponsor UL and special guests to light the tree. Ms. Atkinson has nominated her tree for the last three years and it was always a runner up. “The third time wasn’t the charm, but maybe the fourth will be,” she said in her nomination. “My friends and family are looking forward to celebrating in Chicago. I’m ready to flip the switch!”
The tree will be cut down on Thursday, November 6 and on Friday, November 7 it will be delivered to Daley Plaza at 7 p.m. (time subject to change). Chicago’s Christmas Tree will be on display at Daley Plaza through January 6, 2015.
Since 2009, Chicago’s Christmas tree has been a single tree 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 tree was selected with the assistance of The Brickman Group (landscaping/tree professionals).
The 101st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the City of Chicago and UL. Admission is FREE. For information on this and other holiday programming 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.
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.