On Tuesday, November 24th The City of Chicago celebrates the  102nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, in Millennium Park (Washington St. and Michigan Ave.).

Did you know, a ship would bring the Chicago’s official Christmas tree, from Michigan?   “Christmas Tree Ship”, started this tradition in the early 1900’s.  She arrived in Chicago loaded with thousands of Christmas trees destined for Chicago families.

The “Christmas Tree Ship”, the USCGC Mackinaw will arrive on Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 8:00 AM.     Ceremonies and tree off-loading will commence on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 10 AM.   For more information click here.

The video below provides the history of this tradition that continues to this day.

Video  from WGNTV

Chicago’s official Christmas Tree, for 52 years, from 1913 to 1965, stood in various locations in Grant Park.  In 1966, the tree was moved to Daley Plaza where it has been for the last 48 years with one exception: in 1982 the tree was moved to State St. and Wacker Dr. but returned to Daley Plaza the following year. This holiday season, the tree was moved to Millennium Park to combine with other holiday activities. (Photo courtesy of Fox32)