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Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza

Thursday, November 20 | 6 pm
Pere Marquette Park

It’s downtown’s most magical night and you’re invited! Join us for the 16th annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza as we raise spirits with a sprinkle of merriment and a dash of wonder. Be merry and bright while enjoying music from Chasin’ Mason, Naima Adedapo and Jenny Thiel; an appearance from the cast of Wisconsin Hybrid Theater; dance routines from Studio VIA and The Dance Academy of Mexico; plus ice carving by Ice Beat Factory. Special guests Billie the Brownie and Santa Claus will also be there. End the night with a grand show of brilliant fireworks. After the oohs and ahhs, take in the free Jingle Bus rides offering mesmerizing panoramas of thousands of holiday lights.

Dual Countdowns

Milwaukee’s 101st City/County Christmas Tree presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino will be illuminated Thursday, Nov. 20 at Red Arrow Park. The ceremony begins at 4:45 pm with music from local choirs, ensembles and theater groups. Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele and Master of Ceremonies John McGivern will then light the tree at 5:28 pm.