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Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon, Christkindlmarket Return Next Weekend As Holiday Season Kicks Off Downtown

Here's everything you need to know about holiday events happening Downtown this month, including the Mag Mile Lights Fest and Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The city celebrates the holidays with an enormous Christmas tree in Millennium Park.
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THE LOOP — Chicago holiday traditions — Christkindlmarket, outside skating and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree — are returning next weekend Downtown.

The start of the holiday season will be marked with those events and others, and it will signal a much-needed holiday reopening for businesses in The Loop. The pandemic has been “pretty devastating” for the area, said Michael Edwards, Chicago Loop Alliance president and CEO.

“Last year was a quiet holiday season due to the COVID pandemic,” he said. “We’re back this year, and we’re excited about what’s coming.”

The Downtown holiday events and attractions next weekend:

  • The lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Millennium Park with a sing-along on Nov. 19.
  • The lighting of a 24-foot Christmas tree and unveiling of Gingerbread City, a model of the city made from gingerbread, 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
  • The opening of a Holiday Art Market that will feature 30 local artists selling a variety of items, including jewelry, pottery and paintings. The market will start 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.
  • The opening of the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., and the Millennium park skating rink, 201 E. Randolph, on Nov. 19. The skate rinks are free, but reservations are required. Skate rentals are available for an additional fee on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • The opening of Christkindlmarket on Nov. 20 at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
  • The start of the Mag Mile’s Lights Festival, with more than 200 trees getting lit up along North Michigan Avenue. It runs 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 20.
  • The opening of Goodman Theatre’s 44th annual production of “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 20 at 170 N. Dearborn St.

“We all deserve a joyful and safe holiday season, so we’re planning for that here in Downtown,” Edwards said.

Visit the Chicago Loop Alliance website for more information on all the events.

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