If you are not from Chicago then you may not be aware that for many Chicagoans it is not officially the holiday season until the festivities in Daly Plaza begin over Thanksgiving weekend. Every year the plaza is home to the city’s giant Christmas tree, as well as a holiday market. The German holiday market offers unique gifts and crafts from various countries around the world as well as delicious German food and drinks.
This year’s Christmas tree is a 70-foot blue spruce from the Chicago suburb of McHenry. The tree was one of three candidates that voters were able to choose from throughout the month of October and was chosen as the favorite by a wide margin. It is decorated from top to bottom with lights and ornaments and was officially lit on Thanksgiving Eve. The following day, Thanksgiving, marked the beginning of the German market and in turn the holiday season for many in the Chicagoland area.
What do you do in your city or town to officially kick-off the holiday season? Let us know.