Drive or fly to Chicago this holiday season for the 97th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, beginning on November 24, the day before Thanksgiving. Join thousands of spectators as the 70 foot Christmas tree comes to life in the Daley Plaza. Musical performances will entertain crowds for approximately half an hour before the 7,000 tree lights are flipped on at 5:00 p.m. Best of all, admission is free, so there’s no reason not to come down to join in the holiday cheer as the Windy City prepares for Christmas. You may have plans to stay overnight or longer for Thanksgiving with your family, and if that’s the case, you can reserve your choice of Chicago lodging.
Before you’ve had your fill of Chicago, you’ll want to sample some of the other activities such as the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Schaumburg, IL. At this show, you’ll enter into a world filled with knights, death-defying swordplay and romance. After you’re done touring the lobby’s Middle Ages decorations, you may walk into the massive arena where six knights, a princess and countless others await to perform for you. Cheer on your knight and enjoy baked garlic bread, steaming roasted chicken and two rounds of beverages.
Once you’ve explored the Medieval Times, you can ride back to the city for a full exploration of its people, parks and holiday decorations with the Go Chicago Card – Chicago, IL, granting you admission to more than 25 different activities for a one-time price. Pick from a one day card up to five days for an unlimited amount of sightseeing. Plan your itinerary to see highlights like the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Navy Pier Attractions and Brookfield Zoo.
Plan your holiday vacation around our fair city this winter. Pack in all the sightseeing and memories to store up for the new year!