Everything you need to know about tonight’s Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting

CHICAGO -- The 103rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is tonight at 6 p.m.

It's happening on the corners of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street near Millennium Park.

The event will feature performances by STOMP, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical, the Chicago Community Chorus, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and more.

The tree comes from the Scholla family of Wauconda, Illinois -- they will help flip the switch on their 69-foot Norway Spruce. The tree will be adorned with 48,375 multi-colored lights (8,375  LED C-9 bulbs and 40,000 LED mini lights) and topped off with a brightly lit star.

Attending the tree lighting ceremony is FREE and so is visiting with Santa Claus! You can see the Jolly Old Elf beginning Friday from noon until 6 p.m. and on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 3 p.m. He will be available for regular visits from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 19–Dec. 18.

Ice skaing at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park also begins Friday. Admission to the rink is FREE, with skates available for rent for $12. Rink hours and information is at millenniumpark.org.