On Friday, November 18, come celebrate the 25th anniversary with us at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court. This is the first time we will have activities on Friday night and there are bound to be surprises!
On Saturday, November 19, The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will once again offer a full lineup of activities, starting at 11:00 AM and continuing throughout the evening. A grand Tree-Lighting Parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida steps off at 5:30PM.
Friday, November 18
4-8PM: Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) opens early this year with more than a dozen family-friendly activities from Chicago favorites and popular brands—plus live music and a visit with Santa Claus! Explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities, stop by the BMO Harris Bank dome for a virtual-reality experience, and enjoy the return of crowd favorites Connie’s Pizza, Garrett Popcorn, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company and more.
Saturday, November 19
11AM-4PM: Enjoy a full day of family-friendly activities and explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue). Live music along with a visit with Santa Claus himself in a brand-new chalet will greet guests. Crowd favorites Connie’s Pizza, Garrett Popcorn, Eli’s the Cheesecake Company and more are back to kick off the holiday season. Make sure to stop by the BMO Harris Bank dome for a virtual-reality experience.
ALL DAY: Enjoy holiday experiences and special offers at participating retailers, restaurants and attractions around The Magnificent Mile District!
As early as 3:30PM: Dusable Bridge (formerly Michigan Avenue Bridge) closes to pedestrian traffic.
4:00PM: North Michigan Avenue closes to vehicular traffic between Oak Street and Wacker Drive.
5:30-7:00PM: Here they come! The BMO Harris Bank 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. Look out for lively appearances made by Hubert the Lion, Benny the Bull and other well-known Chicago mascots from BMO Harris Bank.
6:55PM: Fireworks spectacular over the Chicago River at North Michigan Avenue.
7-9PM: Enjoy extended hours at participating retailers around The Magnificent Mile District!
Watch on ABC 7 Chicago!
6:00 PM: Tune in live on ABC 7 Chicago and join our hosts Rob Elgas, Cheryl Burton, Judy Hsu, and Janet Davies for coverage of all the excitement!
Want to enjoy the parade again? Watch encore presentations of The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade on ABC7Chicago at 1:00 PM, December 11th; and 4:00 PM, December 18th. The broadcast is syndicated to more than 90% of the United States so check your local listings for additional air dates across the country!