December is a magical time to celebrate the holidays in Chicago as the city puts its best foot forward. There are traditions aplenty throughout Chicagoland, if you know where to look. Everything kicks off of Saturday, November 19th with the 25th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, a tree-lighting parade along Michigan Avenue. Grand Marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead characters from Disney World, beautiful floats, and marching bands from along the route. Once the tree is lit, the rest of the city rolls out the holiday finery. Here are some of the best events to celebrate the holidays in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.