The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

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Make memories and form traditions on Saturday, November 21st at the 24th annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! Located 6 miles from three of Broughton’s boutique hotels, book your stay at the Willows hotel, City Suites Hotel, or Majestic Hotel and be a part of the beloved holiday celebration.


About the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

For the last 50 years, the trees along North Michigan Avenue have been illuminated with Christmas lights to kick off the holiday season in not only Chicago, but around the country. For the 24th year in a row, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will be overflowing with holiday spirit as 1,200,000 people travel from across the country to experience the magic. This all-day event is overflowing with activities for the family to enjoy:

  • Lights Festival Lane– Bring the family for non-stop holiday fun in this interactive holiday wonderland! Participate in holiday activities and treats from 11am-4pm. Check out the full list of activities.
  • BMO Harris Bank Stage– Live performances will be rocking out the stage all afternoon from 11am-3:30pm. Check back here for a list of performances.
  • Tree-Lighting Parade– Follow Mickey and Minnie Mouse down North Michigan Avenue with giant floats, balloons, marching bands, and other Disney characters as the trees are illuminated by white twinkle lights. The parade starts at 5:30pm at Oak Street and Michigan Avenue and will travel south to Wacker Drive. This extravagant event will be broadcasted live on ABC7 Chicago and across the country throughout the holiday season. Check out the list of 2015 participants.
  • Fireworks Spectacular– End the evening watching fireworks explode across the beautiful Chicago River. The show begins at 6:55pm.

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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Where: Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, November 21st, 11am-7pm



Where to Stay


Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with is comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499


The Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.


City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.