Thursday, November 17 | 6:30pm
Pre-show fun starting at 5pm
Pere Marquette Park
Join us in celebrating the start of the festival with the holiday spectacular featuring DJ Shawna, Vertical Essence, Dance Academy of Mexico, cast members from “Black Nativity,” Jenny Thiel, Donna Woodall, Sarah Fierek, and St. Michaels Ukrainian Choir. Free hot cocoa and cookies, sponsored by DoubleTree by Hilton will be available. A firework display will close out the show, then Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit at the end of the show.
After the show, the Jingle Bus will offer free rides to tour the holiday light displays across downtown. Can’t make it to Pere Marquette Park for the Kickoff Extravaganza? WISN 12 will broadcast the event at 6:30, presented by Stein’s Garden & Home.
November 18 – December 30
Thursdays – Sundays | 6 to 9pm.
Tours depart from the Avenue – 275 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Take in the sights of the winter wonderland scenes of three lights parks downtown on the 40-minute narrated Jingle Bus tour. The parks include “Community Spirit Park” at Cathedral Square Park, “Santa’s Celebration Square powered by We Energies” at Zeidler Union Square and “Christmas Chalet” at Pere Marquette Park.
Tours are only $5 per rider, which can be purchased online. Pre-booking is required for all Jingle Bus riders- click here to book your Jingle Bus ride. Spanish tour options are available. The Jingle Bus will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
November 1 – December 12
Cathedral Square Park
Kids can drop their letters in Santa’s Mailbox and receive a personalized letter directly from Santa. No postage is required. Please include a return address so the elves know where to send the reply.
December 3 and December 9 | 5:15pm
Departs from the Milwaukee Public Market
Catch Santa and Mrs. Claus aboard the Historic Third Ward’s vintage fire truck, along with jazzy holiday tunes sung by Sarah Fierek.
December 10 | 11am to 2 pm
Cathedral Square Park
Catch Santa and Mrs. Claus while they are in town from the North Pole. Kids can share their wish lists and get in photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and other holiday characters. Just remember to bring your camera! Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa will be provided sponsored by Taste of Home.Posted in: Arts & Culture Posted in: Dining & Nightlife