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Save the date for Saturday, November 23, 2024! Download our 2023 Holiday Activity Guide HERE!

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.

You won't want to miss

  • 1 million lights illuminated by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World® Resort
  • 385 marching band members
  • 200 trees sparkling brightly along The Magnificent Mile® 
  • 45 band members from The Noggeler
  • 40 glittering floats
  • 7 beloved friends from Walt Disney World® Resort
  • 3 giant helium balloons
  • 1 Santa's sleigh with Santa Claus on board


Plan your trip for 2024

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!

Need help planning? We have you covered. Download one of our itineraries for your complete weekend plan!

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Broadcast Across the Nation

Experience all of the festive fun of The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® again on demand at any time on. View the 2023 parade broadcast on demand anytime, in parts, on ABC 7 Chicago online

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