The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival & Tree-Lighting Parade will be taking place on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. Fun for the whole family culminates in Saturday’s grand Tree-Lighting Parade down Michigan Avenue with grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida. For the full parade route, please click here.
The full schedule of events starts on Friday, November 22nd between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Saturday’s events will take place between 11:00 am and 7:30 pm. Please be mindful of intermittent street closures taking place on Michigan Avenue and several connecting streets beginning at 5:00 am on Friday, November 22nd, and lasting until 5:00 am on Sunday, November 24th.
Saturday, November 23rd, starting at 5:30 pm:
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival & Tree-Lighting Parade: The parade steps onto 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.
Saturday, November 23rd, starting at 6:55 pm:
The fireworks spectacular begins over the Chicago River at North Michigan Avenue.