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Save the date for Saturday, November 18, 2023! Download our Holiday Activity Guide HERE!

America's Holiday Season Begins Here!

For thirty-two years, The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival has been a thrilling holiday celebration: A day-through-night, mile-long extravaganza drawing more than one million celebrants. Its centerpiece is the largest nighttime parade in the U.S. — a spectacular parade down Michigan Avenue. Led by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse of The Walt Disney World Resort, the parade features fabulous floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, celebrities, musical performances, Santa Claus, fireworks and more —illuminating one million lights on The Avenue’s 200+ trees.

You won't want to miss

  • 1 million lights illuminated by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World® Resort
  • 385 marching band members
  • 200 trees sparkling brightly along The Magnificent Mile® 
  • 45 band members from The Noggeler
  • 40 glittering floats
  • 7 beloved friends from Walt Disney World® Resort
  • 3 giant helium balloons
  • 1 Santa's sleigh with Santa Claus on board

Musical Celebrities Just Announced!

  • Sister Sledge
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • American Idol favorite, Colin Stough
  • The Funky Bunch

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Plan your trip for 2023

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!

Need help planning? We have you covered. Download one of our itineraries for your complete weekend plan!

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Broadcast Across the Nation

The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is Chicagoland’s most popular event. Its impact reaches far beyond Chicagoland. Broadcast on ABC 7 Chicago on Sunday, November 19, 2023, the Lights Festival will also air throughout the holiday season in nearly 100% of American markets and select Canadian markets. Experience all of the festive fun again on December 3, 2023 from 4-5pm and December 10, 2023 from 11pm-12am via ABC 7. The show is also streamed on the ABC7 Chicago News app and available on ABC7Chicago.com.

View the 2022 parade broadcast anytime, in parts, on ABC 7 Chicago online

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