Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

Holiday Lights Festival Returns!

November 15, 2018 - January 1, 2019

It's the most dazzling time of year downtown - the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival is returning for its 20th year! Kick off the season on Thursday, November 15 at Pere Marquette Park with a holiday variety show and the city's largest switch-flipping ceremony.

On your winter bucket list: the stunning decor on display during the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. Visit all three decorated parks (Cathedral Square, Pere Marquette and Zeidler Union Square), plus view the street chandeliers on Wisconsin Avenue and Mason Street.

The Jingle Bus shows you to all the lights and sights aboard a cozy Coach USA bus, and the tree lot at Pere Marquette Park is the one-stop shop for all your holiday greenery. On Saturday, December 8, share your wish list with Santa and Mrs. Claus, when they land at Cathedral Square for Cocoa with the Clauses. While you're at it, drop a letter to Santa in the nearby mailbox--you might just hear back!

Plan your holiday itinerary with the handy Holiday Lights guide. Park with special discounts thanks to Secure Parking, and take The Hop to shopping spots around downtown. 

Whatever your holiday activity, share it on social with #MKEHolidayLights. 


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Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2018 Downtown Employee Appreciation Week provides ample opportunities for businesses and organizations to increase brand awareness at various investment levels. For more information on getting involved, contact Erica Chang at 414.220.4700 ext. 5 or