Schedule of Events

On Saturday, November 22, The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival offered a full lineup of activities, starting bright and early in the morning and continued throughout the evening.

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    The Celebration Continues

    November 22, 7:00 PM

    The Magnificent Mile District

    After we lit up North Michigan Avenue, we celebrated the official start of the holiday season around the district! Major attractions, hotels and restaurants celebrated this year’s season with special events and offers through the New Year.

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    Extended Shopping Hours!

    November 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Lights Festival weekend was 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! Shop till you drop and consider dining downtown or staying at one our many magnificent hotels.

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    Fireworks Spectacular

    November 22, 6:55 PM

    North Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River As a grand finale to the parade, a spectacular fireworks show began 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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    Tree-Lighting Parade

    November 22, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    North Michigan Avenue, from Oak Street to Wacker Drive

    Is there anything more magical than North Michigan Avenue Tree lighting parade illuminated with twinkling white lights throughout the holiday season? Grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse led 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 stepped off at 5:30 PM at Oak Street & Michigan Avenue, traveling south on Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive.

    The Lights Festival was broadcasted 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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    Meet-and-Greets

    November 22, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Attendees had the chance to meet their favorite stars at Lights Festival Lane (401 N. Michigan Avenue). Jacquie Lee presented by Radio Disney and Nico and Vinz presented by Southwest Airline were in Lights Festival Lane this year, kicking off the holiday season!

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    Lights Festival Lane

    November 22, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue

    It was non-stop holiday fun in Lights Festival Lane, an interactive holiday wonderland! Family and friends were able to enjoy interactive holiday activities, delicious treats and live performances played all afternoon at the BMO Harris Bank Stage in Pioneer Court.

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    BMO Harris Bank Stage

    November 22, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    BMO Harris Bank Stage, Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue

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

Lights Festival Countdown

Watch Highlights from
the 2012 Lights Festival