For more than two decades, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival has been wowing kids young and old in Chicago, and 2015 is expected to be just as spectacular. This holiday tradition is planned for November 21, lighting up Chicago just days before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Known as the country’s largest nighttime holiday celebration, the event is packed with a number of family-friendly activities. Lights Festival Lane is the place to be starting during the daylight hours. This is when you can pick up some hand warmers, then grab some free cheesecake and other treat bags, plus get your family’s holiday photo taken and participate in some fun games and giveaways. You can also pick up some discount coupons to area stores, grab some free hot chocolate and get in the mood with some holiday spirit.
A number of musical acts will take the stage between late morning and late afternoon. Meanwhile, the parade kicks off from 5:30pm-7pm along North Michigan Avenue, between Oak Street and Wacker Drive. Led by none other than Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, you can expect to marvel at giant balloons, grand floats, marching bands and musical artists.
The fun day of events concludes with an incredible fireworks show, kicking off just before 7pm. Illuminating the sky over the Chicago River, the fireworks are one of the most anticipated parts of the entire festival, a tradition in Chicago for 23 straight years. Be sure to plan ahead, though, because street closures begin bright and early at 7am on festival day.