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The stretch of Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street, known as the Magnificent Mile, turns into a winter wonderland every holiday season. On the Saturday before each Thanksgiving, the "Mag Mile's" towering hotels and shops light up in glorious fashion, with more than one million lights adorning 200 trees! Plus a parade and a fireworks show over the majestic Chicago River end the night's festivities.
The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is the perfect opportunity to get you in the holiday spirit!
Parade of Lights
Michigan Avenue shuts down traffic so you and your loved ones can roam freely on the streets and pick the perfect perch to watch the spectacular parade.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse act as the masters of ceremonies on the head float, along with their Disney friends.
- Kids will love the giant, floating balloons of Santa Claus and Hubert the Lion from BMO Harris Bank
- Marching bands, twirling dancers, singers and the elaborate floats create an unforgettable parade, including the popcorn wafting smells from Garrett Popcorn Shop's float.
Take a moment to see street entertainers and celebrities as you stroll past decorative windows and shop to your heart's content thanks to extended shopping hours.
Visitors can be a part of something big by painting one of 2,500 tiles for the BMO Harris Bank Community art project mural! It will be gifted to a permanent home along The Magnificent Mile. You can also sing along with Mario Lopez during the "Largest Holiday Carol" along North Michigan Avenue presented by 93.9 My FM, prior to parade step-off.
Photos by Davis Harrison Dion; City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events