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 21st kick-off event here

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

2019 Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

November 21, 2019 – December 29, 2019

Annual Tree Lighting and Kick-off Extravaganza

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 21st kick-off event here

 

Jingle Bus

Presented by Meijer | Buses powered by Coach USA Milwaukee

November 21 – December 29 | Thursdays – Sundays | 6 PM – 8:20 PM | The Avenue | 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

SANTA & MRS. CLAUS * FREE COCOA & COOKIES * FACE PAINTING * HOLIDAY MUSIC

Cocoa with the Clauses presented by Madison Medical Affiliates
Saturday, December 14 | 10am to 2pm 
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,  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

Santa’s Mailbox presented by Serving Older Adults
November 21 – December 15
Cathedral Square Park

Santa’s elves have been busy building an official mailbox at Cathedral Square Park. Between Nov. 21 and Dec. 15, 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

Take a peek at over half a million lights adorning downtown streets and parks.

Getting around: Ride the Hop! Milwaukee’s new streetcar connects the Third Ward, lower East Side and downtown with the holiday sights. Drivers can also find special discounts near the decorated parks thanks to Secure Parking.

 

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:

http://www.milwaukeedowntown.com/about-us/special-events/milwaukee-holiday-lights-festival