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Holiday Tree Lighting December 9

Post Date:12/01/2017 12:25 PM

Downtown Evanston invites community members to celebrate the season at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year’s celebration will take place in Church Street Plaza, located at Church Street and Maple Avenue, due to construction in Fountain Square.

Festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Evanston Children’s Choir. Then, at 5:30 p.m., join Mayor Stephen Hagerty as he flips the switch and lights the holiday tree. A performance by Evanston Own It will follow. Families can also enjoy hot chocolate, carolers and a special sing-along surprise.

Before the Tree Lighting, children can write letters to Santa and enjoy a cookie at Lumen Optical, 809 Church St., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. After the Tree Lighting, community members can visit and take photos with Santa at The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St., and Mrs. Claus at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston, 1818 Maple Ave.

Although this year's celebration will take place in Church Street Plaza, a permanent tree has been planted in Fountain Square's south plaza for future celebrations.

For more information, visit or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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