The City of Chicago kicks off the holiday season at noon Tuesday with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Daley Plaza.
The tree is located just a stone’s throw CBS 2’s studios at 22 W. Washington St.
Actress Keri Russell of “Waitress” and “Felicity” fame is the special guest for the tree lighting. CBS 2’s Bill Zwecker and Mayor Richard M. Daley will also be on hand, along with local anchorman Warner Saunders, the Melodeers Chorus, the Apollo Chorus and the Queen of Angels School Choir.
Russell is teaming with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. to spread the word about safety for children during the holidays. Russell and UL have developed a Web site, safetyathome.com, with safety tips to prevent fires, electric shock and other dangers.
“We’re helping create awareness about holiday safety for moms and families,” Russell said Tuesday morning.
The giant tree is normally lit on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but because the city made that day an unpaid furlough day for city workers, the ceremony was rescheduled.