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"The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival" Top 5 Page for this destination Chicago Favorite Tip by deecat

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  Christmas Holidays in Chicago
by deecat

Favorite thing: The Magnificent Mile is roughly bounded by:
Chicago River on the south
Oak Street on the north
Lake Michigan on the east
Orleans Street on the west

If you are fortunate enough to be in Chicago during the Thanksgiving or Christmas Holidays, you will be awed by the decorations, goodwill, and entertainments available.
One of the city's traditions is the lighting of North Michigan Avenue for the last 39 years.
In 1992, the custom was enlarged with a public procession. Now, it draws one-quarter million people to the North Michigan Avenue area for a heart-warming celebration of the beginning of the holiday season.
It usually starts about 10:00 a.m. at Equitable Plaza (401 Michigan Ave) with live holiday stage shows (usually from Walt Disney World troupe).
Around dusk (6 p.m. when a magical procession steps onto the Boul Mich from Oak Street.) Bands, floats, and Santa himself are in the procession. One-half hour later, at Equitable Plaza, 6000,000 dazzling lights appear on 150 trees. Then choreographed fireworks are presented.
Other celebrations include Santa Claus at Chicago's Historic Water Tower Visitor Welcome Center at the corner of Michigan and Chicago avenues. Salvation Army Youth Brass Band at Ameritech's Holiday Central in Water Tower Park, Navy Pier's Celebrations, Brookfield Zoo's Celebrations, and wonderful window decorations, especially Marshall Fields.

Fondest memory: Children love these celebrations, especially the lighting of the trees in the Festival of Lights. It's worth fighting the crowds and sometimes the cold to see this fabulous celebration of the holiday season in the beautiful city of Chicago.

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  • Updated Dec 8, 2003
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