How does the Christmas season start? Some consider that the window displays of the stores announce its arrival, others argue that the cold and the commercials for the purchase of the ideal gift, but in Chicago it definitely begins with the Festival of Lights (The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival).
For 40 years, in the so-called “Windy City”, the end of the year celebrations have begun with the lighting of lights in the Magnificent Mile area, the main commercial district of Chicago.
The celebration takes place the week before Thanksgiving and includes a parade featuring more than 30 floats, giant balloons, and celebrities. The closure includes a fireworks display on the banks of the Chicago River.
If you are in Chicago on these dates, you definitely cannot miss these activities that will begin on Friday, November 18 at 4:00 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony at the Wrigley Building.
The next day, November 19, the Lights Festival Lane where you can do outdoor activities for the whole family, including taking a picture with Santa Claus, will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Subsequently, the tree lighting parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. and a fireworks display at 6:55 p.m.
Where: Lights Festival Lane will be located on Pioneer Court at 401 N. Michigan Ave.
The parade will run north to south along North Michigan Avenue, beginning at Oak Street and ending at Wacker Drive.