2020 Chicago Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Friday, November 22 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 23 11:00AM – 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. ALL DAY: Enjoy holiday experiences and special offers at participating retailers, restaurants, and attractions around The Magnificent Mile District! Plus, being a BMO Harris customer has it’s perks. 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.