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Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival has been a beloved holiday celebration for more than 30 years.

Shining bright for 31 magnificent years, The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® returns to downtown Chicago on Saturday, November 19, 2022 to kick off the holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Each year, holiday memories are made, traditions are formed and the holiday spirit along The Magnificent Mile grows greater.

Schedule of Events

As early as 3:30 p.m.: DuSable Bridge (formerly Michigan Avenue Bridge) closes to pedestrian traffic.

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

5:30-7:00 p.m.: The Wintrust 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.

6:55 p.m.: Enjoy the Wintrust Fireworks Spectacular!


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