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Chicago has been hosting the iconic Magnificent Mile Lights Festival for several decades now, with the first recognised event taking place in 1949 and it has only grown in scale and scope in the years since.
Taking place the week before Thanksgiving, the MMLF is
focussed on the main event of the tree lighting parade, with 200
trees being lit up with over a million lights along the length of
Michigan Avenue (the Magnificent Mile that gives the event its
The parade that accompanies the lighting ceremony features a number of floats featuring festive favourites alongside popular Disney characters.
There are also live musical performance by top name stars and the opening of the city's Christmas market, the Christkindlmarket by Santa Claus and Mrs Claus, with the culmination of a day of partying being a spectacular fireworks display.
The Magnificent Mile Lights festival features a series of events
throughout the day that adds up to a full length party with
something for everyone. The main events this year are:
11:00am - 3.30pm BMO Harris Bank Stage
Live musical performances at Pioneer Court on North Michigan Avenue
11:00am - 4pm: Lights Festival Lane
Running alongside the music festival there is a winter wonderland in Pioneer Court with stalls offering festive food, drink and trinkets
5.30pm - 7.30pm: Tree Lighting Parade
For many the main event, the parade tracels down Michigan Avenue from Oak St to Wacker Drive
6.55pm Fireworks Display
The festivities are brought to close with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chicago River.
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival tree lighting parade is
broadcast live by local TV station ABC7, which is also available as
a live online stream:
ABC7 live stream
It is also shown on TV channels across the US and Canada, with some carrying the event live and others showing highlights at a later date see the full schedule here.
Another viewing option is to check out some of the local webcams, with the city of Chicago having several in key locations around the area and on North Michigan Avenue in particular:
There is an enormous range of accommodation available in Chicago, although with this being the weekend before Thanksgiving the city will already be starting to fill up, especially with the visitors coming to the MMLF, so we recommend you make your reservation as far in advance as is practical.
You can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here/font>.
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