Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us at the Gridiron in downtown South Bend to celebrate the 29th annual lighting of the Christmas tree, with the help of special guests. The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m., with the tree being lit at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks show will light up the sky after the tree has been lit. While you're waiting, enjoy music by The Valleyaires barbershop chorus, as well as activities on the Gridiron, including a reindeer experience, writing letters for Santa, sleigh rides, crafts, costumed characters, and more. U93 will also be live on-site to help get you in the holiday spirit.

The evening doesn't end when the tree is lit! For more information on Downtown South Bend's First Fridays, click here.

Special thank you to our partners, U93 and EventSys.

Additional Information

  • This is a free event, and open for all. 
  • Free parking is available on street and after 5 p.m. in garages.