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ABC 7 Chicago showcases the magic of the holiday season with a re-imagined Lights Festival TV special on Sunday, November 22 at 6:00P (CT). ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchors, Cheryl Burton and Alan Krashesky, will serve as hosts of this hour-long special, with Janet Davies contributing. 

A whimsical winter wonderland set, with the iconic Wrigley Building as the backdrop, sets the scene for dynamic musical performances:

Chicago native Jennifer Hudson, winner of Academy and Grammy Awards and star of the upcoming Aretha Franklin Biopic, Respect, will treat viewers to an unforgettable performance. Heather Headley, Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress who now hails from Wheaton, Illinois, will lend her incredible voice to the show. Headley is also starring in the upcoming biopic, Respect

Joining us from afar with remote performances: platinum and chart-topping country music stars, Rascal Flatts will contribute their special sound.  Other performances will include Disney’s amazing a cappella group DCapella; folk, soul, pop duo Johnnyswim; Disney Channel star, Kylie Cantrall; American Idol winner, Laine Hardy; international global pop group, Now United; and Caroline Bowman and Colby from Disney’s Broadway Musical FROZEN.

The BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will be streamed on the ABC 7 Chicago News app and will be availabe on-demand at abc7chicago.com. The TV special is syndicated to audiences nationwide and in Canada through the holiday season.

Read more about our featured talent below!

Performances on ABC7 Chicago's Broadcast

Check out these performances during a re-imagined Lights Festival broadcast on ABC7 Chicago on Sunday, November 22 at 6:00PM CST!

The TV special is syndicated to more than 90% of the US and parts of Canada throughout the holiday season. Check local listings.

  • Jennifer Hudson

    Academy and Grammy Award Winner, Jennifer Hudson, headlines the Lights Festival TV special this year on ABC 7 Chicago. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.

  • Rascal Flatts

    Rascal Flatts is an American country music group formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. Since then, they’ve charted 16 #1 singles on the Billboard Country charts

    Its members are Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney. DeMarcus is LeVox's second cousin, a brother-in-law of country music singer James Otto, and a former member of the contemporary Christian music duo East to West.

    20 Years of Rascal Flatts The Greatest Hits is out now!

    Visit rascalflatts.com and follow @rascalflatts for more!

  • DCapella

    DCappella is Disney Music Group’s new a cappella singing sensation. The group came together as a result of a nationwide search for the best vocal performing talent in a cappella and stage. In 2018, they starred in the Lights Festival with the closing performance of "Last Christmas".

    Contemporary a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon is the co-creator, music director, album producer, and arranger for the group, and brings to life modern a cappella versions of Disney hits with a fun twist.

    Go to DCappellalive.com for details and information.


  • Heather Headley

    Heather Headley is a Trinidadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress who currently lives in Chicago. She won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the titular role of Aida. She also won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her album, Audience of One.

    In 2018, she recurred as Gwen Garrett on the NBC medical drama television series Chicago Med. Currently, she starts in Sweet Magnolias on Netflix.

    Follow @heatherheadley for more!

  • Kylie Cantrall

    Kylie Cantrall is an actress and writer, known for Just Roll with It (2019), The Toycracker: A Mini-Musical Spectacular (2016) and Gabby Duran & The Unsittables (2019).

    Follow @kyliecantrall for more!

  • Laine Hardey

    Laine Hardy is an American singer from Livingston, Louisiana and the Season 17 winner of American Idol.

    Visit lainehardymusic.com and follow @thelainehardy for more!

  • Now United

    Now United, otherwise known as NU, is an international pop music group formed in Los Angeles, California in 2017 by Idols creator Simon Fuller. The group consists of 16 members, each representing a different country and nationality from around the world.

    Follow @nowunited for more!

  • Sam Trump

    Sam "Trump" Harris is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago's live music scene, and is widely known as a band leader, sideman, mentor, & curator.

    Wherever he is, Sam Trump is known for creating a vibe that is sophisticated & soulful.

    Visit samtrumponline.com and follow @samtrump for more!

Don't worry, there will be a few Disney surprises in store, and we know Santa will find an unconventional way to make a traditional visit...

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