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Walton Residence’s Guide to the Holiday Season

Top 4 Holiday Events in Chicago

The Walton Residence is located at the center of the Gold Coast and close to the Magnificent Mile. This means that not only do you have instant access to high-end shops and world-class restaurants, but are also close to many holiday events in Chicago.

Walton Residence’s Patio Deck

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival:

One of the biggest holiday events in Chicago is the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival that’s hosted by The Magnificent Mile Association. The Lights Festival is a yearly event that’s celebrated in Chicago on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. About one million lights are hung on trees along North Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile. For more than 20 years, the lighted trees have marked the kick-off of the holiday season in Chicago. This festive and kid friendly festival is a perfect event to go to with the whole family. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off on Friday November 17th. The Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court opens the day before the parade with live music, a visit from Santa, holiday-themed activities, and treats from many of Chicago’s popular eateries. On November 18th at 5:30 PM, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade begins. The parade also includes floats, helium-filled balloons, Mickey and friends, marching bands, and musical performers. At 6:55 PM that evening, fireworks begin over the Chicago River at North Michigan Avenue. If you’re looking to stay close to the area, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade starts just a block away from The Walton Residence.

Lights Festival

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:

Also on Friday November 17th is Chicago’s 104th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Millennium Park, which is just a 10 minute drive from The Walton Residence. You can enjoy this holiday season by going to the festive Tree Lighting Ceremony at the iconic Millennium Park.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade:

Just a 10 minute drive from The Walton Residence is the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. The parade kicks off on November 23rd at 8 AM on State Street from Congress to Randolph. The parade started in 1934 to help raise the spirits of Americans during the Great Depression. Since the Great Depression, it has changed into a celebration of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Parade

Navy Pier’s Annual Indoor Winter Carnival:

Navy Pier’s annual indoor winter carnival starts December 1 and ends January 7. One of Chicago’s most popular winter activities is the Winter WonderFest, which features rides, giant slides, the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink, and family activities. Navy Pier is just a 15 minute drive or 20 minute train ride from The Walton Residence.

Navy Pier


With a prime location that will make you enjoy the holiday season, it’s no wonder Walton Residence is the #1 choice in extended stay in Chicago for many travelers.