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Christmas Tree Lighting Chicago 2012

Wednesday, 10-Oct-2012

Wednesday, November 21 on Daley Plaza

The City of Chicago and UL, the city’s official safety partner, are proud to present the official start of the holiday season, with the 99th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Wednesday, November 21, 2012!  The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a highly-anticipated event drawing people of all ages to the heart of Chicago’s downtown “Loop.”

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Christkindlmarket Chicago 2011

Tuesday, 06-Dec-2011

Daley Plaza, located at W Washington Street between N Clark St and N Dearborn St,  transforms into a typical German Christmas market, called Christkindlmarket.

At the Plaza, visitors will find Chicago’s iconic Picasso sculpture surrounded by red and white crested huts glowing with warmth and overflowing with curios. Nutcrackers, cuckoo-clocks, beer steins, European chocolates, toys, jewelry, clothing and a wide variety of holiday ornaments are just a few of the items for sale from more than 50 vendor booths.

Besides chocolate and all the other fantastic sweets, here are some German food specialties you should not miss: Bratwurst (imported from Germany) and Gluehwein (heated red wine with Christmas spices). If you don’t like wine, they have beer as well.

Location: Daley Plaza
Thursday, November 24, 2011 through December 24, 2011
Opens daily 11a.m.; Closing hours Sunday through Thursday 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 p.m. (Closes at 4 p.m. on November 25th and December 24th)
Admission: Free.

Christkindlmarket Chicago Beer Steins

Christkindlmarket Chicago Beer Steins

Christkindlmarket Chicago Beer and Glühwein

Christkindlmarket Chicago Beer and Glühwein

Christkindlmarket Chicago Ich Liebe Dich Herzen

Christkindlmarket Chicago Ich Liebe Dich Herzen

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 2011

Friday, 18-Nov-2011

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Procession starts at 5:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lights Procession takes place on  North Michigan Avenue, from Oak Street to Wacker Drive — Lots of events during the day at Pionieer Square, see schedule further below.

The nationally-broadcast Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, November 19 with top musical performances, favorite characters from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, family-friendly activities and special holiday offers

CHICAGO – Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration, will ring in the 2011 holiday season for the nation on Saturday, November 19 with a “bigger, better and brighter” schedule of events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday tradition.

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Chicago Christmas Tree is selected and installed 2011 November 4

Saturday, 29-Oct-2011

Chicago Voted And We Have A Winner! — The Spangler Tree from Western Springs Wins City’s Christmas Tree Contest.

Chicago has spoken! The 55-foot Colorado Spruce from Western Springs nominated by the Spangler Family will serve as the City’s official Christmas Tree on Daley Plaza this holiday season. This is the second year the City has held a contest encouraging residents to vote on the winning tree. Chicago’s Christmas Tree is presented by Safety Partner, UL.

Winning 2011 Chicago Christmas Tree -- Spanglers Family nominated Christmas Tree 2011

Winning 2011 Chicago Christmas Tree -- Spanglers Family nominated Christmas Tree 2011

The stately Colorado Spruce sits in the family’s front yard next to their home of 18 years. As a runner-up in last year’s contest, they decided to enter once again after much encouragement. “Our ‘celebritree’ status from last year brought much excitement and support from family, friends and neighbors,” said owner Klaudia Spangler.

As part of their contest submission, Mrs. Spangler wrote this about their tree: Over the years, the tree has served us well. It has been a fort for our kids when they were younger, a great source of shade and an ideal marker when directing people to our home. Now their “celebritree” will be a marker in the heart of Chicago, shining brightly for all to enjoy on Daley Plaza.

The tree will be removed by the Brickman Group on Thursday, November 3. On Friday evening November 4, it will be delivered to Daley Plaza and installed sometime after 7:00 pm. Klaudia and Don Spangler as well as their children Aidan and Hope, will attend and take part in the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 23 beginning at 4:30 pm on Daley Plaza. Following a musical program, they will join Santa Claus, program emcees Valerie Warner of Windy City LIVE and Mike Caplan of ABC 7 Chicago to light the tree promptly at 5:00 pm. Additionally, the Spangler family will receive decorative LED lights courtesy of UL.

The Christmas Tree Contest began in early September and 38 trees from Chicago, northern Illinois and Indiana were submitted for consideration. With the assistance of The Brickman Group (landscaping/tree professionals) and the Chicago Sun-Times, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events selected the top three finalists.

The 98th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is Chicago’s kick-off to the holiday season! Presented by The City of Chicago and UL, the highly-anticipated event draws people of all ages to the heart of Chicago’s downtown “Loop”.


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