Autograph sessions, live music, giveaways, food and more will greet fans as they enter the three-day NHL Winter Classic Festival this month.
The event, which begins Dec. 29 and continues through the New Year’s Eve, will tak place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
The festival includes autograph sessions with former Blackhawks and Boston Bruins greats, hockey interactives, giveaways, food, live music and even an appearance by the Stanley Cup.
“As we prepare for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, we are excited to invite everyone to the NHL Winter Classic Park for this free outdoor experience,” Steve Mayer, NHL chief content officer and executive vice president. “What a great way to spend time with your family in Chicago and get in the mood for our biggest outdoor game of the year.”
The festival is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A schedule of events has not yet been released, however.
“The heart of American hockey beats in Chicago, making this the ideal city to host the NHL Winter Classic Park,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “This three-day fan festival will not only add to the world-class programming in Millennium Park, it will help inspire future generations of hockey stars who are playing on rinks in neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago.”
The Blackhawks are set to take on the Bruins in the outdoor game at Notre Dame Stadium New Year’s Day.