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Holiday Stroll, Tree Lighting Ceremonies Kick Off The Holiday Season In The West Loop This Weekend

Randolph Holiday Market and a Menorah Lighting at Mary Bartelme Park will return later this month.

Mary Bartelme Park Advisory Council will host its 8th annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies this weekend in West Loop.
Michael Lyons
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WEST LOOP —  Tree lighting ceremonies, a menorah lighting and a holiday stroll will spread holiday cheer in the West Loop this month.

Madison Row Holiday Stroll 

This weekend, West Loop residents can enjoy a holiday stroll along Madison Street.

From 12-4 p.m. Saturday, businesses on Madison Street between Halsted and Ashland will be offering discounts and holiday activities. 

Smitten Boutique, 1047 W. Madison, will have a letters for Santa station and  Cat & Mouse Game Store, 1112 W. Madison, will have an ornament decorating party.

Other participating businesses will offer deals and discounts. The event is sponsored by the West Central Association. 

Mary Bartleme Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

Credit: Michael Lyons

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St., will host its 9th annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

The ceremony hosted by the Mary Bartelme Park Advisory Council will include a visit from Santa, sleigh rides and musical performances from the Skinner West choir and Merit School of Music. Pizza will be served courtesy of Lou Malnati’s. 

Greektown Christmas Ceremony

The Greektown SSA will host a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Elysian Field, 375 S. Halsted St. 

The ceremony will include Greek Christmas carols, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and photos with Santa.

Randolph Holiday Market 

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Next weekend, more than 125 vendors will help shoppers get in the holiday spirit when Randolph Street Market returns to the West Loop.

Randolph Street Market, 1340 Randolph St., will host its Indoor Holiday Market, offering an assortment of antiques, vintage items and modern goods from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 -15. 

Shoppers will find items from Swoon LivingLuxe 1978,  Cocktail Courier, Violet & Suds and Onsemiro Art and Craft .

Tickets to Randolph Street Market are $10 online or $15 with a Randolph Street Market tote bag. A $5 senior discount is available at the gate and kids 12 and under are free.

Other tickets are also available.

Menorah Lighting at Mary Bartleme Park

Credit: Michael Lyons

Later this month, Mary Bartleme Park Advisory Council will host its annual menorah lighting ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23. The park’s advisory committee has teamed up with a local Chabad at University of Illinois at Chicago to put the event together.

Ahead of the menorah lighting ceremony, from 4-5 p.m., kids can enjoy Hanukkah craft hour and a bubble show. The lighting ceremony will also offer hot drinks, latkas, donuts and live music.

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