Milwaukee Tree Lighting Ceremony Milwaukee Holiday Lights Kick off & Festival

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival will have a virtual kick off event, broadcasting live performances and more   Read more on the November 19th kick-off event here

2021 Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

November 18, 2021- Jan 1, 2022

Annual Tree Lighting and Kick-off Extravaganza

TBD for 2021.  Read more on the November 19th kick-off event here

Jingle Bus

TBD for 2021

2020 Ornament

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival ornaments are one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Great gifts for family, friends, coworkers and business associates, each year features an iconic downtown landmark cast in pewter. Commemorate the year that decorative lights were added to the east side of the iconic Hoan Bridge, forever brightening the Milwaukee Skyline.

Cocoa with the Clauses

Not taking place in 2020.

Santa’s Mailbox

Santa’s Mailbox presented by Serving Older Adults
November 2 – December 13
Cathedral Square Park

Santa’s elves have been busy building an official mailbox at Cathedral Square Park. 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.


Downtown Holiday Lights

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
November 19, 2020 – January 1, 2021
Downtown Milwaukee

For 22 seasons, the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival has made spirits bright with its animated sculptures, interactive displays and twinkling street décor. This festive backdrop will continue to deliver oohs and aahs in a safe, sociallydistanced environment. Take a stroll or a drive and experience the brilliance of the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, where more than 500,000 lights, which will delight your spirit. Explore the whimsical scenes in Cathedral Square, Zeidler Union Square and Pere Marquette Park, safely and at your own leisure, with a self-guided Jingle Bus tour through the iHeartRadio app. So MKE the season bright. Join us for this snowcially distanced celebration!


Downtown is your photo-worthy wintertime destination. Show your view of the Festival with #MKEHolidayLights. 

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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:

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