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Powering Chicago helps kick off the holiday season at the City of Chicago's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

2021 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

View the Event Video from Powering Chicago including a holiday greeting from IBEW 134 and ECA Chicago leadership.

Chicago’s holiday season officially kicked off Friday night with the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree, in Millennium Park. Thousands gathered in the park for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony presented by Powering Chicago.

The festivities included a pre-show hosted by DJ Selah Say, with additional entertainment provided by Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, the cast of Chicago Opera Theater’s production of “Becoming Santa Claus,” a youth dance ensemble from the Kenwood School of Ballet, and special guests Dreezy Claus and Sister Claus. The tree lighting also featured fireworks and a concert featuring Grammy Award-nominated Singer Brian McKnight.

Powering Chicago's Executive Director, Elbert Walters III, was one of the event presenters and helped countdown the tree lighting with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Event's MC's. The first in person ceremony since pre-covid was a great way to kick off this year's holiday season!

Read more about the City's Annual Christmas Tree and the Local 134 Signatory Contractor selected to do this year's installation, MT Kelley Electric, at

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