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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 1, 2023, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for live entertainment, a special appearance by Santa, and admire the trees decorated by local community groups. Don’t forget to drop off your letter to the North Pole at our mailbox!

This year’s theme is “Shining Bright” and celebrates everything that makes Des Plaines shine as a City. The mitten tree will be available for donations of new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves of all sizes. Nonperishable food donations for the Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Pantry are welcomed. Please visit their website for a list of most needed items.

Featured fun and entertainment:

Say hi and snap a photo with Santa (and the Grinch!)
Live performances on stage
Roasted Chestnuts provided by the History Center
Food trucks (food available for purchase)
Drop off your letter at Santa’s mailbox
Schedule of events:

4 p.m. Students and community groups decorate holiday trees in the Square
4:45 p.m. Santa arrives in grand style
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Live entertainment
6:30 p.m. The tree is lit for the season by elected officials


For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Places to See Santa.


Metropolitan Square
Metropolitan Way and Market Street
Des Plaines, 60016 United States
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