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Celebrate 100 Years of Christmas Tree Lighting in Daley Plaza

It might not have seemed like much when in 1913 a handful of Chicago residents decided to light a Christmas tree at Grant Park. It was December 24th, and since that fateful chilly winter day, the City of Chicago has continued to honor this Christmas tradition that began a century ago with an annual celebration in Daley Plaza.

This year honors those local participants who have continued the annual lighting of the tree in an evening that includes special performances, local programs and family friendly activities in correlation with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. 2013 marks a particularly special year for the City of Chicago, and in celebration of hitting the century mark, Chicago is excited to announce a number of live musical performances that will coincide with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Darlene Love will kick the evening ceremony off with a performance at 5pm, with an hour long musical set before the lighting ceremony at 6pm. Love couldn't be a more perfect counterpart to Chicago's 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony; she's best know for her holiday hit "(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home," a single that saw her working alongside Phil Spector.

Love's holiday hit is notable for her annual performance on the "Late Show with David Letterman," where she has performed her hit single every year for three decades. Also on board for the musical performances include The Trainees from the Joffrey Academy of Dance who will perform an excerpt from "The Nutcracker." Ring in the holiday season with your favorite locals Lester and Stefan Holt, and reflect in the glory of another beautiful holiday season.

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