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Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights Parade 2019 on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®

Saturday, November 23, 2019 • Parade steps-off at 5:30pm

Michigan Ave. from Oak St. to Wacker

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are the grand marshals of Chicago’s 28th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade. The parade features floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands and performers on a route that extends down Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to the Chicago River. Each year, more than one million people travel to The Magnificent Mile for an afternoon of family-friendly activities and live musical performances, followed by a magical evening tree-lighting parade down North Michigan Avenue.

For more information, visit www.themagnificentmile.com.

 

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History of The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

For 50 years, the trees along North Michigan Avenue have been illuminated to signal the official kick-off of the holiday season in Chicago and around the nation. With the help of over 600 volunteers, The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® encourages everyone to join in the spirit of the holiday season and enjoy a host of festive experiences along The Magnificent Mile®.

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.

Schedule of Events

 

  • Friday, November 22nd, 2019

    Resident’s Night at Lights Festival Lane, presented by Southwest Airlines

    4:00 – 8:00PM: Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) opens the evening before the parade 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, and sample treats from crowd favorites Garrett Popcorn, Frango, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and more.

  • 4:00 – 8:00PM: Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) opens the evening before the parade 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, and sample treats from crowd favorites Garrett Popcorn, Frango, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and more.

  • Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

  • 11:00 AM – 4:00PM: Explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue), including the BMO Harris Kid’s Zone. Santa Claus is always ready to greet guests, alongside more than a dozen holiday-themed activities.

     

  • Prepare for the parade!

  • 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: 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.

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