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!
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue
It’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.
A series of musical performances by top artists rock the BMO Harris Bank stage the afternoon of November 22, 2014.
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
John Hancock Center Plaza, 875 N. Michigan Avenue
5:30 PM – 7:00PM
North Michigan Avenue, from Oak Street to Wacker Drive
Is there anything more magical than North Michigan Avenue illuminated 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!
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!
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.
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.