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Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza


Two lighting celebrations kick off a season of cheer for downtown Milwaukee

104th Annual City Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 16
Entertainment: 5 p.m. | Program: 5:15 p.m. | Lighting: 5:29 p.m.
City Hall - Corner of Water & Wells

Join Mayor Tom Barrett in a century-old tradition. Hear music from local choirs, ensembles and theater groups then partake in the countdown. The electrified evergreen will shine at 5:29 p.m. After the lighting, walk over the Kilbourn Avenue bridge to the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza in Pere Marquette Park. 

19th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival 
Kick-Off Extravaganza
Thursday, November 16
Pre-Show Entertainment: 5:30 p.m. | Program: 6:30 p.m. | Lighting & Fireworks: 7 p.m.
Pere Marquette Park

The stage is set for the city’s biggest and brightest holiday party! Help turn on more than 500,000 lights throughout downtown! Local acts will charge up the crowd with spirited numbers.

Once the crowd is powered up, downtown’s lights and a fireworks spectacular will illuminate the night. After the show, free Jingle Bus rides will take guests past downtown’s newly lit scenes.

Can’t make the party? Tune into “WISN 12 Live: Holiday Lights Kick-Off presented by Educators Credit Union” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 and catch all the acts, plus the fireworks. 



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