Schedule of Events

On Saturday, November 22, The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will offer a full lineup of activities, starting bright and early in the morning and continuing throughout the evening. See what fun is in store for you next year on this magical day!

Lights Festival Lane (click here!)

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue

Lights festival laneIt’s non-stop holiday fun in Lights Festival Lane, an interactive holiday wonderland! Family and friends can enjoy interactive holiday activities, delicious treats and live performances played all afternoon at the BMO Harris Bank Stage in Pioneer Court.

Lights Festival Lane opens at 11am.

BMO Harris Bank Stage (click here!)

DSC_084911:00 AM – 3:30 PM
BMO Harris Bank Stage, Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue

A series of musical performances by top artists rock the BMO Harris Bank stage the afternoon of November 22, 2014.

Check out the full line-up from 2013!

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11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
John Hancock Center Plaza, 875 N. Michigan Avenue


Tree-Lighting Parade (click here!)

5:30 PM – 7:00PM
North Michigan Avenue, from Oak Street to Wacker Drive

Is there anything more magical than North Michigan Avenue Tree lighting paradeilluminated with twinkling white lights throughout the holiday season? Grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse lead an extraordinary Tree-Lighting Parade down North Michigan Avenue with magnificent floats, giant helium-filled balloons, lively marching bands, classic characters from Walt Disney World and Resort and live performances from top musical artists.

Parade steps off at 5:30 PM at Oak Street & Michigan Avenue, traveling south on Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive.

The Lights Festival is broadcast LIVE on ABC7 Chicago at 6 pm CST on November 22, 2014, and will broadcast across the country throughout the holiday season. Click here to see when it aired in your city!

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6:55 PM
North Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River

As a grand finale to the parade, a spectacular fireworks show begins at 6:55 p.m. over the Chicago River. The fireworks are choreographed by Rocco Saliano of Lumina, Inc. and offer a perfect ending to the fun-filled day of holiday activities and events!

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The Magnificent Mile District

After we light up North Michigan Avenue, we celebrate the official start of the holiday season around the district! Major attractions, hotels and restaurants celebrate with special events and offers through the new year.

Extended Shopping Hours! (click here!)

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Lights Festival weekend is always the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping with extended shopping hours at participating stores on The Magnificent Mile on the day of the event and throughout the holiday season! After you shop til you drop, consider dining downtown or staying at one our many  magnificent hotels.


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Watch Highlights from
the 2012 Lights Festival