Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Join Us Saturday, November 23, 2013 ! Presented by BMO Harris Bank, Radio Disney and a star-studded cast, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is the ultimate kick-off to the holiday season !

Lights Festival 2013

One Million Lights !

Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and friends from the Walt Disney World Resort® in Florida lead more than 40 magnificent floats, helium-filled balloons, and dynamic marching bands from across the country in the evening tree-lighting parade, starting at 5:30 pm.

Catch appearances from celebrities includingGrace Phipps from the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie, Interscope recording artist Megan Nicole, Grammy-nominated blues singer Shemekia Copeland and more!

Pick up your wristbands anytime before 2pm by visiting the Chevy Vehicle Display Area (Michigan & Upper Illinois).

The Lights Festival draws to a grand conclusion with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chicago River created from more than 10,000 handmade fireworks shells from Lumina Fireworks.


New This Year!

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of something big at the Lights Festival!

The BMO Harris Bank Community Art Project
Lights Festival Lane, 401 N. Michigan Avenue

Leave your mark on The Magnificent Mile by painting one small tile to contribute to a mural dedicated to the city of Chicago. The muralist will be on site to assist, and you can get a sneak peek of your work when a portion of the finished art is revealed along the parade route! The completed mural will live on display at Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) throughout the holiday season.

The “Largest Holiday Carol” presented by 93.9 My FM with Mario Lopez
Along North Michigan Avenue, Starting at5:00 pm

Stepping off along the parade route at 5:00 pm, Mario Lopez invites everyone to sing along as 93.9 My FM presents the “Largest Holiday Carol”!

Beat Hunger by a Mag Mile
Around The Magnificent Mile District

Help Clear Channel Communications, Inc. secure donations of non-perishable goods for The Greater Chicago Food Depository equal in length to a full mile (approximately 15,000 cans)! Listen out for live broadcasts on 93.9 My FM and KISS Fm at your favorite Magnificent Mile retailers and be sure to stop in and donate while you shop!

Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and receive an additional free cheesecake slice. Donate $10 or more and receive a whole Eli’s Cheesecake !

It’s family fun this year at The Eli’s Cheesecake booth when you’re invited to decorate a delicious slice of Eli’s Cheesecake for the holidays. Bring your camera to take a photo with Eli’s “Big Cheese” slice.

Lights Festival Lane

Starting at 11:00 am, enjoy an afternoon filled with family-friendly activities and live entertainment on The BMO Harris Bank Stage!

The BMO Harris Bank Stage
Enjoy a full line-up of top musical performances, including Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist Megan Nicole, singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson, and pop duo Megan and Liz, presented by Southwest Airlines. There’s something for everyone during this star-studded afternoon. For the complete celebrity line-up, click here!

Celebrity Meet-and-Greets
Don’t miss the chance to say hello and take a photo with your favorite stars all weekend long, including a meet-and-greet with Megan Nicole presented by Chevy, starting at 2pm! Don’t forget to pick up your wristband anytime starting at 11 am by visiting the Chevy Vehicle Display Area at Michigan Avenue and Upper Illinois, while supplies last. Plus say hello to Chicago’s most watched morning news team at the ABC7 Chicago tent!

An Interactive Wonderland
Take a photo with Santa, decorate a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake and sample crowd favorites like Connie’s Pizza, Garrett’s Popcorn and Hostess snacks! For a full list of activities, click here!