Free TubaChristmas Palmer House Dec 21.
When: Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:30 pm Seating is first come first served. Details below.
Where: The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, Upper Exhibition Hall, between the 3rd & 4th floors, 312-726-7500.
Admission is free. Arrive early. I arrived at around 9AM, got a wristband and went to Target and then out to eat. There are a ton of Ritual restaurants around the area. I went back and got in line at 11:15AM. The line was really long but moved quickly once the doors open.
Each year, 400 tuba players take over the Grand and State Ballroom of the Palmer House to play holiday favorites.
Here’s how to get into TubaChristmas:
- TubaChristmas/Palmer House will distribute at the check in desk on the 4th floor, color coordinated wristbands according to pickup time.
- You will be notified at the time the wristband is picked up to report back to the 4th floor foyer area 45 minutes before the event or 11:15 a.m.
- Lining up will not be allowed on the 4th floor foyer area prior to 45 minutes before the event.
- Doors to the Ballroom will open at 12:00 noon for the 12:30 concert.
- The color of your wristband ensures your spot in line to enter the ballroom.
- You will be picked up and escorted from the SALONS to the Grand Ball room according to your Wristband color, by an Event Manager 30 minutes prior to performance time.
- For your safety, once the Grand/State ballroom reaches max capacity/or all wristbands have been distributed, guests will be directed to the overflow ballroom (Red Lacquer Room).
- The overflow room will have the concert live on a TV screen for all guests to enjoy.
- If guests do not pick up a wristband prior to the event, they will not be allowed to enter the ballroom until all wrist banded guests have entered (depending on room occupancy).
- Please be considerate and follow the guidance of the Palmer House security personnel.
- We respectfully ask the audience to donate a non-perishable food item which will be distributed to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Thank you.
History of TubaChristmas
2018 is the 45th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902.
The first TUBACHRISTMAS was at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974.