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Watch the 2022 Highlights Video Below!

America's Holiday Season Begins Here

For thirty-two years, The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival has been a thrilling holiday celebration: A day-through-night, mile-long extravaganza drawing more than one million celebrants. Its centerpiece is the largest nighttime parade in the U.S. — a spectacular parade down Michigan Avenue. Led by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse of The Walt Disney World Resort, the parade features fabulous floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, celebrities, musical performances, Santa Claus, fireworks and more —illuminating one million lights on The Avenue’s 200+ trees. Save the date for this year's event on Saturday, November 18, 2023!

Broadcast Across the Nation

The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is Chicagoland’s most popular event. Its impact reaches far beyond Chicagoland. Broadcast on ABC 7 Chicago on Sunday, November 19, 2023, the Lights Festival will also air throughout the holiday season in nearly 100% of American markets and select Canadian markets. The show is also streamed on the ABC7 Chicago News app and available on ABC7Chicago.com.

View the 2022 parade broadcast anytime, in parts, on ABC 7 Chicago online

Plan your trip for 2023: 

While planning your trip, book a hotel right in the heart of all the festivities, get ahead on your holiday shopping, and explore more things to do around the city!

Experience The Magnificent Mile with Chicago Dibs packages for the 2023 holiday season at The Drake Hotel, Hilton Chicago or Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel.




  • One million lights illuminated on the trees along The Magnificent Mile!

  • The best holiday shopping

  • ABC7 Chicago’s holiday special airs in nearly 100% of the United States. Relive the magic at home throughout the holiday season! 

  • The Lights Festival Guide features holiday traditions along The Mag Mile. Available in November 2023!

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