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 16th kick-off event here

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

2017 Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

November 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Jingle Bus

November 17 – December 30*
Thursdays – Sundays | 6pm – 8:20 pm
Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court
275 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Even better, rides are just $2 per person (cash only please)!

Discounted parking is available for $3 in The Shops of Grand Avenue west parking garage until 10pm. Enter the west structure from 2nd Street between Michigan Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Parking vouchers must be validated by a Public Service Ambassador at time of ticket purchase to take advantage of this pricing.

*no tours on Thanksgiving or Christmas Days

More details here.


Cocoa with the Clauses


Saturday, December 9 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cathedral Square Park

While the outdoor event is free to attend, a nonperishable food donation for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is encouraged.

More details here.

Santa’s Mailbox

November 16 – December 10
“Community Spirit Park” at Cathedral Square Park

Santa’s elves have been busy building an official mailbox at Cathedral Square Park. Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 10, children can drop their letters into Santa’s Mailbox where wish lists will be expedited to the North Pole.


The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Contest is back! Enter online or download the entry form below (coming soon!) and you could be eligible for a downtown prize pack! Just complete your entry by Monday, January 8, 2018.


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