Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival will have their ceremonial switch-flipping and it comes packed with live music, holiday entertainment, a visit from Santa and a dynamic fireworks show. After the show, take in all the sights aboard the Jingle Bus, free on kick-off night.  Read more on the November 15th kick-off event here

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Kick-off and Festival
photos are courtesy of Milwaukee Downtown

2018 Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

November 15, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Jingle Bus

Presented by Meijer | Buses powered by Coach USA Milwaukee

November 16-December 30 | Thursdays-Sundays | 6 PM – 8:20 PM | Plankinton Clover Apartments | 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Narrated by Milwaukee Downtown’s Public Service Ambassadors, this 40-minute tour acquaints riders with downtown landmarks and the most decorated scenes. Even better, rides are just $2 per person (cash only, please)!

*no tours on Thanksgiving or Christmas Days

More details here.


Cocoa with the Clauses


Saturday, December 8 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cathedral Square Park

The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival is rolling out the red carpet. Straight from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St., on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the annual cocoa klatch, Cocoa with the Clauses.

The free outdoor event is a chance for kids to share their wish lists, and for moms and dads to snap a free keepsake photo provided they bring a camera. Free treats include hot cocoa, cookies and face painting.

More details here.

Santa’s Mailbox

Presented by UNISON

November 15 – December 9
“Community Spirit Park” at Cathedral Square Park

Santa’s elves have been busy building an official mailbox at Cathedral Square Park. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 9, children can drop their letters into Santa’s Mailbox where wish lists will be expedited to the North Pole.

Best of all, every boy and girl who writes to Santa will receive a personalized letter in return! No postage required. Holiday spirit ensures delivery—just be sure to include your return address.


The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Contest is back! More info coming on the 2018 details 🙂


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More details can be found on the Milwaukee Downtown website and by viewing the full brochure on their website once it becomes available: