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Lights Festival

Returning on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, 2018

Two days of free, family-friendly activities lead up to our famous tree-lighting parade to kick off the holiday season - plus special offers from businesses around The Magnificent Mile!

Start Planning
Check out our 2018 Holiday Activity Guide, including an event map, a schedule of events, and special offers around The Magnificent Mile!

Can’t see it live?
Each year, the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is scheduled to air in more than 90% of the country...

Check local listings to see when the 2018 Lights Festival parade will be playing in your city during the holiday season!

Where Your Holidays Begin!
The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, promises a full day of:

  • Family friendly activities in Lights Festival Lane

  • A grand Tree-Lighting Parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

  • Fireworks Spectacular show over the Chicago River

  • The best holiday shopping

  • ABC7 Chicago’s broadcast of the tree-lighting parade airs in more than 90% of the United States, so viewers can relive the magic throughout the holiday season!

  • Start planning with our Holiday Activity Guide, including an event map, a schedule of events, and special offers around The Magnificent Mile!

Check out highlights from our 26th annual celebration in 2017!

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