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Don’t Miss This Year’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Here’s What’s Going On for 2013

11/21/13 | by

Every year Chicagoans and Chicago visitors congregate in Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile for the season’s big Mag Mile Lights Festival, and this year is no exception! Bring the kids and your best holiday spirit to this year’s festivities happening this weekend. The big Magnificent Mile Lights Festival festival takes place this Saturday, November 23, so be sure so join in on all of the magic!

Lights Festival Lane: 11 am - 5 pm

Taking place in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.), the Lights Festival Lane will have treats to taste, booths to explore, and Disney stars to meet. Be sure to bring the kids and let them tell their gift secrets to Santa.

BMO Harris Bank Stage: 11am and on

Come enjoy this year’s musicians at The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The day will bring stars to the stage such as Justin Roberts, Radio Disney Road Crew, Megan Nicole and Deborah Gibson. The fun takes place in Pioneer Court, so bring those jingle bells and rock out.

Tree Lighting Parade: 5:30 pm - 7 pm

Hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse invite everyone to come feel the magic of the holiday season at the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival tree lighting parade. Parade begins at Oak Street and Michigan Avenue, and travels south on Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive. Disney characters will be there, along with live marching bands, incredible holiday floats, and giant helium balloons. Make sure to bundle up!

Fireworks: 6:55 pm

The parade finishes with a beautiful bang. The Mag Mile Lights Festival fireworks extravaganza begins as the streets clear out, and will be firing over the Chicago river at Michigan Avenue. Fireworks are the perfect end to a joyous beginning of the holiday season.

Helpful Hints:

  • Bring the camera, this year's Magnificent Miles Lights Festival is full of photo ops and possible holiday card captures!
  • Be sure to bundle up because Chicago in November can be chilly.
  • Extra cash can be good to have (so many delicious treats to sample!), so make sure not to attend with empty pockets.
  • Public transportation is key. Chicago downtown parking is already out of control, and will be near impossible with Santa’s sleigh taking up the parking spots.