How to Submit Your Tree to Be Chicago's Official 2018 Christmas Tree

Is it possible the winter holidays are approaching sooner this year?

It might feel that way now that the search is on for Chicago's next official Christmas tree. 

Submissions must be 55 feet or taller, a spruce or fir (pine trees are ineligible), and located less than 100 miles from the city's Loop. 

At least two photos of the tree, one close up and one from afar, must be submitted by Oct. 19. 

To nominate a tree, submissions must include the owner’s name, address, phone and email along with a brief description on why the tree should be Chicago's offical Christmas tree, including any additional background information as to what makes the tree special.

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Entries can be sent via email to or via mail to: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ATTN: Christmas Tree Contest, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL. 60602.  

The selection will be announced in early November, city officials said. 

The 105th lighting of the tree ceremony is set for Nov. 16 at Millennium Park. 

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