It’s Officially the Holiday Season Across the Country

Holiday season is upon us, confirmed by tree lighting ceremonies all across the country. Washington D.C., New York, and plenty of smaller cities put on their own version of the symbolic tree lighting ceremony. Here are a few of my personal favorites as the holidays get closer and closer!

New York City, New York

Nothing says Christmastime more than the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in the middle of New York City. The 85-foot Norway spruce donated by a family in Pennsylvania was lit this past Wednesday, December 3, to a crowd filled with merry spectators for the 82nd annual tree lighting. Mariah Carey performed none other than “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at the ceremony. The Rockettes also performed, a staple Christmas tradition in New York City.

The 85-foot tree holds a Swarovski crystal star atop of it, shining brightly for all of Rockefeller Center. There are 45,000 multi-colored LED lights decorating the spruce. The tree weighs 13-tons and is 90 years old as it makes its big city holiday debut.

Chicago, Illinois

The tree lighting ceremony in Chicago took place on November 25th in the downtown Loop. The Chicago holiday season began with the 101st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza. As soon as the lights switch on, the holiday season is among us! Even Santa is there, staying in the Santa House right next to the great tree. You can stop in and see if you made the Naughty or Nice List and tell him what you’d like before Christmas.

Christkindlmarket is also now open with the start of the holiday season. This market was inspired by traditional German Christmas markets, but transformed into something uniquely Chicago. With skyscrapers surrounding the booths of handmade gifts, German delicacies, and spiced wine, the market is a wonderful Chicago Christmas Tradition

Lansing, Michigan

On a smaller scale than both Chicago and New York City, Lansing, Michigan has a tree lighting ceremony all of its own on November 21. The 63-foot blue spruce from the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, was donned with nearly 9,000 lights, marking the 30th Silver Bells in the City celebration. The tree lighting ceremony is part of the Silver Bells in the City celebration, highlighting local businesses in a festival of lights parade and ending the night with fireworks. The tree almost wasn’t able to make its appearance in Lansing, as the Upper Peninsula was hit with nearly 8 inches of snow just as the tree was making its way across the Mackinac Bridge. Thankfully, the tree made it across and worked its way South to be proudly lit up in Lansing for the season.