The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a highly-anticipated event drawing people of all ages to the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop. The holiday season officially commences when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle. Live performances, festive holiday music and more will take place.
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.
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.
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.
Fun fact: this is the event's 101st anniversary!
Photo credit: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events