Kickoff Returns in person this year

Gather 'round for our in-person switch-flipping ceremony!

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kickoff Extravaganza
Thursday, November 17 | 6:30pm
Pre-show fun starting at 5pm
Pere Marquette Park

Join the merriment as we flip the switch on more than 500,000 lights across downtown. This holiday spectacular features DJ Shawna, Vertical Essence, Dance Academy of Mexico, cast members from “Black Nativity,” Jenny Thiel, Donna Woodall, Sarah Fierek, and St. Michael’s Ukrainian Choir. Expect a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a magnificent fireworks display to close out the show. Plus, stay toasty with free hot cocoa and cookies, sponsored by DoubleTree by Hilton.

After the show, jump on the Jingle Bus, which is free on kickoff night, to take in all of downtown's newly lit scenes.

Can’t make it down? Tune in to WISN 12 at 6:30pm for a live broadcast of the event, presented by Stein’s Garden & Home.

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