The Chicago Lights Festival

Mickey Mouse with Minnie to accompany as he lights up Michigan Avenue during the parade.
Mickey Mouse with Minnie to accompany as he lights up Michigan Avenue during the parade.

This past Saturday, the 23rd of November, was the annual lights festival! For those of you who are new to Chicago, the festival is a parade in which floats of various Christmas and Disney themes drive down Michigan Avenue to celebrate the turning on of the Magnificent Mile’s holiday lights. Families from the city and its surrounding areas conjoin around the street to watch Mickey Mouse wave his magic wand to light up the trees. The parade occurs every Saturday night before Thanksgiving regardless of the temperature; and this year was no exception as numerous onlookers stood in the freezing cold to witness the events. Why do they do this? Because the parade signifies the start of the Christmas season and puts the whole city into the holiday spirit.

By Rivka Arbetter

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