Chicago’s BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Lights Festival Returns

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank but all thoughts are my own.

One of the most magical times here in Chicago is the Christmas season. The kickoff to the holidays starts with a fun event called the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Lights Festival which includes a parade downtown Chicago along the Magnificent Mile, a tree lighting of a giant Christmas tree and a fireworks display along with other family-friendly activities. It’s an event we’ve had the pleasure of attending a few times and always enjoy. It’s nice to spend the day shopping downtown and then getting hot cocoa before we find a spot along the parade route.

Over a million lights are lit during the festival and the parade, led by Disney’s Mickey & Minnie, features spectacular floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands, top musical performers and well-known Chicago mascots. Santa and his reindeer can be found in the parade, too!

This year’s event is on Saturday, November 19th. For the fifth consecutive year, BMO Harris Bank is the title sponsor of the festival and they are working with a few local businesses in Chicago to make the parade day even more special for their customers. BMO Harris Bank customers will enjoy discounts, perks and offers including:

  • 15% off at Dylan’s Candy Bar
  • Discounted holiday beverages at Dylan’s Candy Bar
  • Discounted parking with Spot Hero
  • 20% off a single item at the BlackHawks store on Michigan Ave

Some customers will also get to enjoy one of the best views of the parade from a special seating area! BMO will select 100 customers on parade day to enjoy the parade from grandstand viewing in the broadcast zone. Find out more details here.

Have you ever attended this festival in Chicago? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below :)

 

 

 

Comments

  1. That sounds like so much fun. I’m absolutely obsessed with Christmas lights. I’d love to see this.

  2. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I would love to go to the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Lights Festival. My kids would love all the pretty lights.

  3. Oriana Romero says

    It would be amazing to go to the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Lights Festival. It would really put you in the Holiday spirit.

  4. I love seeing all the lights this time of year! It has always been my favorite time of the year! I wish I could see these I know our family would love it!

  5. Kim @ What's That Smell says

    We have never attended but we plan on attending this year. I just hope the weather cooperates, it needs to stop being summer LOL

  6. Amy Desrosiers says

    I cannot wait until it is time to light up our tree. I bet this will be a fun, family activity to enjoy.

  7. That sounds like an awesome event. I wish I could join. I think it would be a great family experience.

  8. Christmas lights make me happy! The more, the merrier. This event looks fantastic!

  9. This sounds amazing! I love light festivals. We always go to the one near our area!

  10. Light festivals are so much fun for the whole family! I love them! This sounds like a great one!

  11. This sounds amazing! Christmas lights are magical!

  12. I have never been to Chicago. If I ever get there I would love to go to this festival!

  13. I’ve never been to this festival but it sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to see the Christmas tree and the fireworks.

  14. i would love to go here. sounds amazing.

  15. Reesa Lewandowski says

    This sounds like such a great holiday event!!

  16. This festival sounds amazing between the candy and the lights it is the quintessential way for families to usher in the holiday season! So nice that BMO is giving some of their customers prime seats at the show!

  17. Oh my… That’s right. I didn’t go last year – totally want to make I do it this time

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