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Celebrate the holiday season at the Evanston Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 7, 5-7:30pm. Join Mayor Hagerty, Santa and Mrs. Claus to enjoy an evening of musical performances, holiday cheer and watch the tree light up at 5:30pm. This year, Mayor Hagerty will light up the live tree planted at the south end of Fountain Square plaza! 

Tree Lighting Program

5:00pm--Performance by Evanston Children's Choir
5:15pm--Mayor Hagerty, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive 
5:30pm--Mayor Hagerty lights the tree 
5:35pm--Northwestern Purple Haze performs
5:50pm--Chicago Tap Theatre
6:05pm--The Actors Gymnasium 

After the tree lighting celebration, take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge at The Merion, 529 Davis St. beginning at 6pm. 


Cupitol Coffee & Eatery Free kids’ cup of hot cocoa with the purchase of any kids’ meal before or after the Evanston Tree Lighting (5-7PM, Evanston only).

Edzo's Burger Shop has special holiday shakes--Egg Nog, Gingerbread and Candy Cane