Holiday doings: It’s all about lights

Holiday lights, dramatic lights and delightful lights are blinking on all over the Chicago area this month. Here’s a quick guide to what ignites smiles among young and old.


Morton Arboretum Illumination Photo compliments of Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum Illumination. Photo compliments of Morton Arboretum

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Go early to find a spot along North Michigan Avenue Nov. 19 for BMO Harris’ Magnificent Mile Light Festival and Tree Lighting Parade. The parade starts at Oak Street at the north end of the route at 5:30 p.m. then heads south to the river. Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse wave wands that turn on the Avenue’s lights, marking the beginning of the Mile’s big shopping season.


Morton Arboretum Illumination

Music, lights, action make Illumination a memorable experience. The Arboretum’s light show starts Nov. 18, 2016  and goes through Jan. 2, 2017. Tickets are needed. Outside, the music was recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Inside, hear different bands different weekend nights. Hug a tree to get a reaction and walk special paths to see special lighting effects and catch lights dancing to “The Nutcracker.” The Morton Arboretum is at 4100 Illinois Highway 53, Lisle, IL 60532. Phone (630) 968-0074.


Lincoln Park Zoo Lights

You can’t help but say “Wow” when you see what the zoo looks like beautifully adorned with holiday lights. Zoo Lights starts Nov. 25, 2016 and continues through Jan. 1, 2016. BTW, when there be sure to visit the new penguin and polar bear sections. Lincoln Park Zoo is at 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, phone (312) 742-2000.


Author: Jodie

Longtime Chicago Tribune contributor for news and features. Travel writer for What's Happening, Great Lakes Boating, CBS Theater for Examiner and A&E for CBS

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