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The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival returns on Saturday, November 20, 2021!

Shining bright for 30 magnificent years, The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® returns to downtown Chicago this month to kick off the holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving. Chicagoans will come together safely again, after the 2020 live event hiatus, to celebrate the largest nighttime parade in the Nation.

The action-packed weekend will begin with a preview night on Friday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. featuring a ceremonial tree-lighting in The Wrigley Building Centennial Plaza in honor of the building’s 100 years.

On Saturday, November 20, the event-filled day begins at 11:00 a.m. starting in Lights Festival Lane (401 North Michigan Avenue) with a festive thoroughfare of booths and family activities, including photos with Santa Claus, until 4:00 p.m. Free, family fun culminates in the grand tree-lighting parade down North Michigan Avenue on Saturday, November 20 starting at 5:30 p.m. with Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. The parade features more than 60 minutes of fabulous floats, giant helium balloons, exciting marching bands, celebrities, musical performances, Santa Claus, and more, all helping to illuminate more than 1 million lights along The Magnificent Mile. The event draws to a grand conclusion with spectacular fireworks over the Chicago River at the DuSable Bridge at 7:00 p.m.

If you cannot catch the parade live, ABC broadcasts the event throughout the holiday season across nearly 100% of the country.

 

Plan your weekend:

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!

 

Can't see it live?

The BMO Magnificent Mile Lights Festival airs on ABC 7 Chicago at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, with two additional broadcasts on Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, December 25 at 12 p.m.

 

COVID Protocols During Lights Festival

Guests attending any of the Lights Festival events will be asked to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, throughout the Lights Festival footprint, including The Wrigley Building Centennial Plaza, Lights Festival Lane, and along the parade route.

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

  • The best holiday shopping

  • ABC7 Chicago’s holiday special that airs in more than 95% of the United States. Relive the magic at home throughout the holiday season!

  • Our Holiday Activity Guide that features a holiday traditions along The Mag Mile, coming soon!

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