BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
The 25th annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off the 2016 holiday season on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19. This year, look forward to two days of free, family-friendly activities, including the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration!
For the first time, take part in the fun starting in Lights Festival Lane (Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue) at 4:00pm on Friday evening. Activities include local vendors, a visit with Santa, live entertainment and much more.
It all leads up to a magical Saturday evening tree-lighting parade down North Michigan Avenue. Grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida lead more than 40 magnificent floats, larger-than-life balloons, lively marching bands, celebrity appearances and more. The event draws to a grand conclusion with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chicago River.
Lights Festival Schedule of Events:
Friday, November 18
4pm – 8pm
Lights Festival Lane (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!
Saturday, November 19
11am – 4pm
The fun continues at Lights Festival Lane (401 N. Michigan Avenue).
The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival lighting procession steps off from Oak Street and Michigan Avenue. The Lights Festival draws to a grand conclusion at 6:55pm with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.