As the holiday season approaches, both Chicagoans and visitors from across the nation eagerly anticipate the enchanting kickoff event that has become synonymous with festive joy—the Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®. Celebrating its 32nd year, this beloved tradition, produced by The Magnificent Mile Association, is a magical experience that captivates hearts and bathes Chicago’s iconic Mag Mile in beautiful glittering lights!
On Saturday, November 18th, the festival transformed Michigan Avenue into a winter wonderland, drawing over one million visitors from far and wide to partake in the spectacle. The grand occasion featured none other than the enchanting Grand Marshals, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and their delightful friends from Walt Disney World Resort®. Together, they led a mesmerizing parade for all to see!
The main event was a feast for the eyes, as one million dazzling lights illuminated 200 trees along Michigan Avenue, creating a radiant display that ushered in the holiday magic. The twinkling lights accompanied by the enchanting presence of beloved Disney characters brought festive cheer that left spectators of all ages in awe.
The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® has become a cherished tradition, symbolizing the start of the holiday season not just for Chicago but for the entire nation. As the lights sparkled and the parade unfolded, the 32nd edition of this extraordinary festival proved to be an unforgettable experience, creating cherished memories for families, friends, and all who gathered to partake in the magic of the season. So, as you walk down the Magnificent Mile this month, bask in the radiant glow thanks to the Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®.