Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

Event has passed (Thu Nov 19, 2009 - Sun Jan 3, 2010)
City Events, Holiday Festivals


The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival spans the holiday season with exciting light displays, winter decorations and a Jingle Bus ride to see it all. The Holiday Lights Festival will take place in Downtown Milwaukee starting on November 19th and going through January 3rd.

The festival will take place in such Milwaukee landmarks as Cathedral Square Park, where the theme is “Community Spirit Park.” In keeping with this theme, fifty schools from around the Milwaukee area will have decorated trees with handmade ornaments and bright lights for all the community to see.

Other locations include Pere Marquette Park, where you’ll find “Santa’s Little Helpers,” building toys and gifts. In Zeidler Union Square, the theme is “Holiday High Seas," where pirates and sea creatures are all part of the scene and we hear Santa will actually ride water skis for spectators.

The festival also features a "Candy Cane Lane," and while it’s not in the downtown area with the rest of the attractions, the neighborhood light display stands all on its own. Proceeds from Candy Cane Lane will go to the MACC Fund.

Last but not least, the city’s Wisconsin Avenue will boast double wreaths of white and blue, with six-foot Moravian stars hoisted up above the city’s intersections.

And what’s more, the city even offers a “Jingle Bus” to drive tourists and locals alike around the holiday displays. Sounds like an excellent way to escape the cold, if you ask us. Each ride lasts 40 minutes and includes friendly narration for each destination. Each ride costs $1 and goes from 6-9pm Thursday-Sunday, November 20-January 3.


Downtown Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
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