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The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival returns in 2020, starting at Lights Festival Lane at 4:00PM on Friday, November 20 and then again at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 21.

Free, family fun culminates in the grand Tree-Lighting Parade down North Michigan Avenue  on Saturday, November 21 with Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World® Resorts in Florida.

  • Friday, November 22

  • Resident's Night at Lights Festival Lane, presented by Southwest Airlines

    4:00 - 8:00PM: Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) opens the evening before the parade with more than a dozen family-friendly activities from Chicago favorites and popular brands—plus live music and a visit with Santa Claus! Explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities, and sample treats from crowd favorites Garrett Popcorn, Frango, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and more.

  • Saturday, November 23

  • Lights Festival Lane

    11:00AM - 4:00PM: Explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue), including the BMO Harris Kid's Zone. Santa Claus is always ready to greet guests, alongside more than a dozen holiday-themed activities.

    ALL DAY: Enjoy holiday experiences and special offers at participating retailers, restaurants, and attractions around The Magnificent Mile District! Plus, being a BMO Harris customer has it’s perks!

  • BMO Harris Bank Stage

    Live musical performances return to the BMO Harris Bank stage this year! Enjoy free concerts on Saturday, November 23:

    • 11:30 AM: Echosmith, presented by BMO Harris Bank
    • 12:30 PM: Parachute, presented Hornblower Cruises and Events
    • 1:30 PM: Skylar Stecker, presented by Southwest Airlines
    • 2:30 PM: Ryan Cabrera, presented by T-Mobile

    Learn more about this year's talent >>

     

     

     

  • Meet & Greets

    Don't miss your chance to meet your favorite performers in person on Saturday, November 23! Meet & Greets require wristbands, first come first serve while supplies last.

    • 11:00AM: Ryan Cabrera at the T-Mobile Flagship Store (700 N Michigan Avenue)
    • 12:00PM: Echosmith, presented by BMO Harris Bank*
    • 1:00PM: Parachute, presnented by Hornblower Cruises and Events**
    • 2:00PM: Skylar Stecker, presented by Southwest Airlines*

    *Pick up your wristbands at the BMO Harris Bank Helper Tent and visit the Meet-and-Greet Booth at Lights Festival Lane (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
    **Pick up your wristbands at the Hornblower Cruises and Events Tent and visit the Meet-and-Greet Booth at Lights Festival Lane (401 N. Michigan Avenue)

    Please visit the BMO Harris Bank Helper Tent at Lights Festival Lane for more information.

     

  • Prepare for the parade!

    As early as 3:30PM: Dusable Bridge (formerly Michigan Avenue Bridge) closes to pedestrian traffic.

    4:00PM: North Michigan Avenue closes to vehicular traffic between Oak Street and Wacker Drive.

    5:30-7:00PM: The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival tree-lighting parade steps onto North Michigan Avenue at Oak Street. Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and their friends from the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida travel down North Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive, lighting one million lights along the way! The procession features spectacular floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands and top musical performers. Look out for lively appearances made by Hubert the Lion, Benny the Bull and other well-known Chicago mascots from BMO Harris Bank.

    6:55PM: Fireworks spectacular over the Chicago River at North Michigan Avenue.

  • Sunday, November 24

    6:00 PM: Tune in to ABC 7 Chicago for the parade broadcast!

    Want to watch the parade again? The broadcast is syndicated to more than 90% of the United States throughout the holiday season, so check your local listings! 


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