Christmas time is full of beauty and grace. And maybe one of the most beautiful aspects which comes along with the season is all of the Christmas lights. There's something about these little lights, glowing individually on their own, coming together to create one harmonious display of flickering color— mimicking lighted candles but also reminiscent of falling snow. Luckily for us all there's the Lights Festival taking place on Chicago's highly toted Magnificent Mile! This is one weekend packed full of activities culminating with a tree-lighting parade down Michigan Avenue. Read on for your guide to all things lights this year in Chicago!
Friday November 18th kicks off the celebration. This will be the first time the Magnificent Mile will have activities on Friday night so there's bound to be plenty of surprises in store! The fun starts at 4pm at Lights Festival Lane (located at Pioneer Court) with more than a dozen family-friendly activities brought to us all by local Chicago favorites and popular brands! There will be live music, an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities, plus a visit from jolly ‘ol St. Nick!
Saturday is a full day fun starting at 11am— here you can expect all the fun from Friday night but with the tree-lighting parade at 5pm. Every parade needs a magnificent leader and this year we have Minnie and Micky Mouse heading the fun! Fireworks are at 6:55pm and if you're looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping favorite retailers will have extended hours up 9pm!