Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Brings Holiday Dazzle to Michigan Avenue

December 20, 2020

Get your steps in while you take in some holiday cheer on Michigan Avenue! The trees along the Magnificent Mile shopping district will once again be illuminated by 1 million lights this season and through the winter months, so walking down Michigan Avenue is an excellent way to get into the holiday spirit in an outdoor environment. Walk outside The Paragon, then turn right to walk north on Michigan Avenue to take in the views of the sparkling trees. You’ll even see decorated window displays featuring local community groups. Cultural groups will also decorate displays with artisanal materials, artwork, flowers, and more, so you can discover even more to love about Chicago as you explore the Magnificent Mile on your own time this season.

While there’s no parade this year, you can replay the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival holiday special on ABC 7 if you missed the live broadcast back in November. Watch the replay of the initial illumination of 1 million lights that marked the beginning of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on an ABC 7 TV broadcast throughout the season. Listen to performances by Jennifer Hudson and see unique holiday moments from Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse before the trees brighten up the sky. Find the broadcast on the ABC 7 Chicago News App, on demand at, or check your local TV listings to find air dates across the country this month.