The 19th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

November 16 - January 1.

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The 19th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival will kick off November 16 with a switch-flipping ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave. Featuring spirited performances, musical numbers, warm holiday treats, an incredible fireworks show and the show’s guest of honor, Santa Claus, the program will ignite a season of holiday cheer.

Performers in the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza include: local band, Charles Walker Band; ice-carving artist, Art Below Zero; Anita’s Dance Center; Hawaiian pop band, Ocean Rush; jazz singer,Jenny Thiel; soul pop singer, Lex Allen; Milwaukee Bucks Beats Drum Line and Bango. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the official switch-flipping ceremony, simultaneously lighting the holiday décor in Pere Marquette Park,Cathedral Square Park and Zeidler Union Square, as well as downtown’s street-level decorations. Preshow entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a fireworks spectacular will round out the evening.

Following the ceremony, free Jingle Bus rides presented by Meijer will operate from Pere Marquette Parkto take guests past all the newly lit scenes. Tour highlights will include chandeliers suspended above WisconsinAvenue, plus “Community Spirit Park” at Cathedral Square Park, “Santa’s Polar Palace” sponsored by ZilberProperty Group at Pere Marquette Park and “Downtown’s Yule Lounge” sponsored by We Energies Foundation atZeidler Union Square. Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21 is responsible for theprocurement, installment and maintenance of these decorations.

After opening night, Jingle Bus rides presented by Meijer will operate from 6 to 8:20 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, November 17 – December 30. Rides are $2 per person and depart from The Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.