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What's New

Look out for musical performances and special appearances in the tree-lighting parade when the Lights Festival returns in 2019, November 22 & 23!

In 2018, live concerts returned to the BMO Harris Bank stage. Catch your favorite artists performing at the Lights Festival, with meet-and-greets during the afternoon.

Start planning for next year by referring to our 2018 Holiday Activity Guide, including an event map, a schedule of events, and special offers around The Magnificent Mile!

Performances on ABC7 Chicago's Live Broadcast

Check out these performances from ABC7 Chicago's live broadcast of the tree-lighting parade!

  • Cody Simpson & The Tide

    One summer in Venice Beach, inspiration washed over Cody Simpson like a force of nature. Between early morning surf sessions, reading and writing poetry under the bright California sun, and jamming for friends and passersby at midnight rooftop gatherings, he experienced the kind of season Bruce Brown immortalized in The Endless Summer. As with any season, change came along with the passage of time. Following the release of his 2015 independent full-length Free, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist underwent a series of creative and personal revelations that inform his new band Cody Simpson & The Tide and its 2nd EP ‘Wave Two.’

    Joined by drummer Adrian Cota and bassist Shareef Addo, Cody wrote the four songs comprising Wave One. For the first time in his career, the multi-talented artist hopped behind the board and personally produced and recorded the set at studios in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Hollywood, preserving the vision’s integrity in the process.

    @codyandthetide / @codysimpson

Live Parade Route Performances

Catch performers along the parade route, as well as on ABC7 Chicago's live broadcast of the tree-lighting parade!

  • Cozi Zuehlsdorff

    Cozi Zuehlsdorff is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Her career started off with a bang at the age of 12 when she was cast as Hazel in the feature film Dolphin Tale opposite Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman; the successful sequel followed in 2014.

    According to Cozi, her favorite role so far was playing "Ellie Blake" in the recently released Disney DCOM Freaky Friday (a musical) because it combined all of her strengths as a performer.

    Look for Cozi's Christmas release "It's a Wonderful Life" coming out November 2018.


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