Magnificent Mile Lights Festival activities kick off Friday with Christmas tree lighting

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off Friday night ahead of the parade on Saturday.

Festivities begin with a tree lighting outside the Wrigley Building featuring Grammy-nominated singer, actress and Broadway star Deborah Cox, plus the Chicago Carolers.

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Eli's Cheesecake owner Marc Schulman discusses the 30th anniversary of the Mag Mile Lights Festival.

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lights Festival Lane at 401 N. Michigan, there will be free activities including a DJ, photos with Santa, and the Eli's Cheesecake's 30th Anniversary Lights Festival cake plus free cheesecake.

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Eli's Cheesecake owner Marc Schulman founded the event 30 years ago.

Saturday is the 30th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade.

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Activities for the Magnifiscent Mile Lights Festival get underway Friday.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse as well as Santa will help celebrate the turning on of more than a million lights along Michigan Avenue. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m.

ABC7 will broadcast highlights of the parade at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The one hour broadcast will re-air on December 11 and on Christmas morning.

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse visit ABC7 ahead of the Mag Mile Lights Parade this weekend.

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