The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Left Minnie and right, Mickey Mouse lighting up North Michigan Avenue as the parade moves southbound during the Lights Festival on Chicago's Magnificent Mile on Saturday, November 19, 2011. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Chicago Tribune)

Channel your inner child and kick off the holiday season right with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival!  Come down early and enjoy the seasonal buzz of the city by strolling the window displays at Macy’s ( and Chicago’s Christkindlmarkt (  The parade heads south on Michigan Ave starting at 5:30 and ends at the river with a fireworks display at 6:57.  Find out more about the parade and events leading up to it throughout the day at