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The Cubs are in the holiday spirit, and you can help kids in need

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The Cubs’ Christmas tree had an official lighting ceremony Tuesday evening.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, President of Business Operations Crane Kenney, and Children’s Home + Aid president and CEO Nancy Ronquillo all spoke at the team’s official Christmas tree lighting ceremony Tuesday evening. There was music played, and a festive time was had by all.

The Cubs are collecting gifts to be given to the kids at Children’s Home + Aid, a child and family services agency in the Chicago area. The Cubs collected unwrapped toys at the ceremony Tuesday evening, and they say you can still bring new, unwrapped toys for donation this weekend, December 2 and 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santa’s Workshop at the Park at Wrigley. That’s located where the World Series trophy was on display during the 2017 season.

The Park at Wrigley was a rousing success on its opening weekend last weekend. No doubt helped by the good weather, over 42,000 visited the park to take in the Christkindlmarket, and more than 3,000 used the ice rink.

Here are the hours for the various things in “Winterland at the Park” through the end of the year:

Christkindlmarket

Open through Sunday, December 31

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours: Dec. 24: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Dec. 25: Closed; Dec. 31: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rink at the Park

Open through Sunday, February 25

Monday – Thursday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours: Dec. 24: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Dec. 25: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Dec. 26 - 28: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Dec. 29 - 30: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Dec.31 – Jan. 4: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Jan. 5: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Santa’s Workshop

Open through Sunday, December 24

Friday: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday – Thursday: Closed

Special Holiday Hours: Nov. 28: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Dec. 24: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thanks to Alyson Cohen with the Cubs for her assistance with photos and information for this article.