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Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

The weekend’s free events begin with a Lights Festival preview night on Friday, November 18 featuring a tree-lighting ceremony in The Wrigley Building Centennial Plaza (410 N Michigan Ave) at 4 p.m., complete with musical entertainment to get you in the holiday spirit!

Free, family fun culminates in the grand Tree-Lighting Parade down North Michigan Avenue on Saturday, November 19 with Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World® Resorts in Florida.

The event-filled day begins at 11:00 a.m. starting at Lights Festival Lane (401 North Michigan Avenue) with a festive thoroughfare of booths and family activities, including photos with Santa courtesy of Wintrust.

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The parade of fabulous floats, giant helium balloons, exciting marching bands, celebrities, musical performances, Santa Claus, and more begin at 5:30 p.m., starting with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse illuminating more than 200 trees along The Magnificent Mile. 

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