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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Spend this holiday season at one of Chicago’s most festive-filled celebrations – the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The festival starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov 16 and continues at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov 17. Expect family-friendly activities, live entertainment, local freebies, photo ops with Santa Claus, a parade and LOTS of lights.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival | Day 1 

Day 1 of the the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival isn’t as action-packed as Day 2, but it’s still worth a visit if you’re in the area. On Friday, Nov 16 the festival kicks off at 4 p.m. with Lights Festival Lane. It’s located at 401 N. Michigan Ave and filled with booths from local vendors, a Kid Zone tent, visit with Santa and free goodies. Win a free game of bowling at 10pin Bowling Lounge’s booth, grab a mini Chicago-style pizza from Connie’s Pizza, get a free slice of cheesecake at Eli’s Cheesecake Company, or snack on a free bag of Garrett Mix popcorn. Along with all of the great deals, you’ll also find face painting, festive activities and live music. On Friday, the Lights Festival Lane will be open until 8 p.m.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival | Day 2 

Day 2 of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (Saturday, Nov 17) is jam-packed with holiday events. It starts at 11 a.m. with the reopening of Lights Festival Lane. If you didn’t get a chance to see everything on Friday, you can walk though until 4 p.m. All day, surrounding retailers, restaurants and attractions in the Magnificent Mile District will also be offering holiday experiences and special offers – so make sure to explore those as you’re out and about. Free concerts start at 11:30 a.m. at the BMO Harris Bank stage with meet and greets to follow. And at 5:30 p.m. the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Tree-Lighting Parade begins!

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Streets will start closing around 3:30 p.m. so if you plan on driving to the parade, make sure you arrive before then. At 5:30 p.m. Grand Marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse will guide the parade down North Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive, lighting ONE MILLION lights along the way. You’ll see everything from spectacular floats, massive balloons, marching bands and entertaining performances. At 6:55 p.m., fireworks over the Chicago River will conclude the weekend of festivities.

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We agree! And with two days and (at least) one night of celebration, you’ll definitely need to find a hotel near the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. That’s why you should consider staying at the Willows Hotel. With a beautiful Lakeview neighborhood location, this boutique hotel is a comfortable retreat right near Magnificent Mile. Our amenities and great accommodations offer the perfect place to rest after a weekend of holiday festivities.

This year, celebrate the holidays in Chicago at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! And don’t forget to book a night or two in the nearby Willows Hotel.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Where: North Michigan Avenue
When: November 16, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | November 17, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: Free

Willows Hotel
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

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