City of Chicago Christmas Tree

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City of Chicago Christmas Tree
Photograph: Patrick L. Pyszka

Every year, Chicago's front lawn (er, Millennium Park) is adorned with an epic Christmas tree that remains on display until the beginning of the new year. The city's 105th tree is a 48-year-old, 60-foot-tall, 8,200-pound Norway spruce from Elmhurst, Illinois. The larger-than-life attraction is festooned with twinkling lights and crowned with an illuminated star. Spectators can check out the festive tree near Washington Street and Michigan Avenue through Sunday, January 6, 2019.

To see the tree's big debut, head to Millennium Park at 6pm on Friday, November 16, when the city hosts a lighting ceremony with the help of Hamilton star Miguel Cervantes. Expect music, an appearance from the mayor and more than a little pomp and circumstance before the switch is flipped, marking the beginning of the holiday season in Chicago.

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