Sights to See

"Community Spirit Park" at Cathedral Square Park

Presented by Madison Medical Affiliates, Ideal Property Management, Inc. and Milwaukee County Parks

Over 100 evergreens have sprung up on the square! Wind your way through the forest of trees and pay close attention to each tree’s décor. More than 50 area schools and businesses share their wish for the season with handmade ornaments and garlands. Plus, check out the park’s Singing Tree, which blinks to singing, music and clapping in real time. 

"Tinsel Town Express" at Pere Marquette Park

Presented by Milwaukee County Parks

Families are cleared for landing at this riverside park. A scene from the North Pole’s depot, this delightful display boasts animated sculptures of the elves shipping packages by air and rail. Don’t miss the parachuting elf or Santa departing by helicopter! It’s a panorama designed for the young and young at heart. 

Update: Due to strong sales and low inventory, the downtown tree lot at Pere Marquette Park is now closed for the season. Ideal Property Management's tree lots in Shorewood and Whitefish Bay remain open while supplies last. See Ideal's website at for locations sand hours. Thank you for your patronage!

"Polar Plaza powered by We Energies" at Zeidler Union Square

Presented by We Energies Foundation & Milwaukee County Parks

Brimming with nostalgia, this interactive park is a favorite among families. Take a selfie in the oversized chair, stand before the flickering fireplace or snap a photo in the Season’s Greetings frame. There’s so much to see and do, including picking up a Jingle Joy Box on select nights in December. 

Window Displays by Retailworks

Check out the series of storefronts by Retailworks that are illuminated by star power. Featuring the likenesses of 25+ well-known Milwaukeeans, the four decorated scenes can be found in the windows at 205 E. Wisconsin Ave., 324 E. Wisconsin Ave., 400 E. Wisconsin Ave. and 733-737 N. Milwaukee St. 

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Wisconsin Avenue's Stunning Stretch

Downtown Milwaukee’s main street is an elegant display of cascading chandeliers accented by ornamental sculptures on harp lamps. Stroll or cruise the Avenue and take in the decorated storefronts and iconic buildings basking in the glow of the season. 

BMO Harris Bank Holiday Display

As part of the 48-year long tradition, BMO Harris Bank’s treasured collection of life-sized Steiff animals returns as a holiday window display. "Welcome to Kandy Korners" adorns the windows at BMO Tower and 770 North (770 - 790 N. Water Street) for a full city block of holiday magic. The animals are displayed in an elaborately designed vignette in the buildings' Water Street windows, sharing the spectacular tales of mystical powers, tremendous obstacles, and courageous adventures. The display is free and accessible for public viewing.