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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - WE’RE RINGING IN THE HOLIDAYS -- FINALLY!

Sue MossChicago will be ringing in the start of the Holiday season this Saturday with the 18th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Wacker Drive.

If you have never attended this event before, it's a full day of fun activities with live music from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Harris Stage.  Mitchel Musso, co-star on "Hannah Montana", will be performing at 2:00 p.m. as well as the pop group Plain White T's taking the stage at 3:00 p.m.

And, you definitely don't want to miss the street-lighting procession of over one million lights along North Michigan Avenue at 5:30 p.m. with Mickey Mouse as the master of ceremonies!  Word has it that Ashley Greene, lead actress in "Twilight" will be appearing in the ceremony along with other celebrities.

A fireworks display over the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue at 6:55 p.m. will wrap up this year's festival.  I can't think of a better way to kick-off the Holiday season than this.  So, click here to download your Holiday Activity Guide - there's much more than what I mentioned here!!

Also taking place this Saturday from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton is the Lighting of the Lobby Christmas Tree with the Joffrey Ballet.  Come out and meet the cast members of this year's "Nutcracker"!

This year's City of Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 25th, at 4:00 p.m.  Head on over to the Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.) as Chicago-native, Bonnie Hunt, flips the switch with Mayor Daley.  A Chicago tradition for the past 96 years!!

If you're like me and want to get a head-start on your Holiday shopping, the 7th Annual Winter Arts and Crafts Expo opens to the public this Saturday at the Evanston Art Center (2603 Sheridan Rd.) and runs through December 22nd.  The Winter Expo features a variety of original works by over 100 artists -- a perfect place to shop for everyone on your list!  Click here for more information on getting those unique gifts.

And finally, no, I haven't forgotten about Thanksgiving.  How could I?  I host Thanksgiving dinner for family & friends.  So, you just might run into me this Saturday, 2:00 p.m., over at The Chopping Block in the Lincoln Square neighborhood for their How to Carve a Turkey demonstration!  I don't think I need to say anymore.

And for all those who will not be in a kitchen this Thanksgiving, do your cook(s) a big favor and gather everyone up in the household and take them to the 76th Annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in the South Loop over at State Street and Congress Parkway.  By the time you get home, you'll have a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal waiting for you - YUM!

Well, I've got to go and hunt up some turkeys now!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING and May Your Tummy Be Full of Lots of Good Eats!!!

SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 11:32 AM by Dean's Team

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