Join Mayor Tom Barrett in a century-old tradition. Hear music from local choirs, ensembles and theater groups then partake in the countdown. The electrified evergreen will shine at 5:29 p.m. After the lighting, walk over the Kilbourn Avenue bridge to the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza in Pere Marquette Park.
The stage is set for the city’s biggest and brightest holiday party! Help turn on more than 500,000 lights throughout downtown! Local acts will charge up the crowd with spirited numbers.
Once the crowd is powered up, downtown’s lights and a fireworks spectacular will illuminate the night. After the show, free Jingle Bus rides will take guests past downtown’s newly lit scenes.
Christmas Tree Lighting at Hilton Milwaukee (Free!)
Saturday, November 18th
Noon – 2 p.m. (After Milwaukee Holiday Parade)
Don’t miss this beloved annual tradition! Following Downtown Milwaukee’s Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 18th, the Hilton Milwaukee’s Christmas tree lights will be turned on to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, caroling with Winter Wonderland featuring Olivia Gonzales, family-friendly activities, holiday movies around the fireplace and pictures with Santa. The hotel will also offer a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for $8 per drink. Complimentary parking with purchase. Official tree lighting takes place at 12:30 p.m.
The Pfister Hotel’s Annual Tree Lighting Event (Free!)
Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Official Lighting at 5:30 PM)
The Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.)
The Pfister Hotel’s tree lighting ceremony is one of Milwaukee’s most celebrated and anticipated traditions, offering a magical experience for guests of all ages. Featuring an 18-foot LED lighted holiday tree, the festive event includes complimentary holiday treats, music, hot cocoa and more. Parents are invited to bring their cameras, as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at 5:20 p.m. on a Milwaukee Fire Department fire truck to greet guests and pose for photos.
Guests will be encouraged to write letters to Santa and drop them in Santa’s special mailbox, which he will take back with him to the North Pole. While the actual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m., the other activities will extend to 6:30 p.m.
To support those in need during the holiday season, The Pfister Hotel will be collecting food for Hunger Task Force and encourages guests to bring non-perishable food items. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy complimentary parking with any purchase.
Whitefish Bay Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting (Free!)
Friday, November 24th
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Parade at 6:00 p.m., tree lighting after parade at Sendik’s)
E. Silver Spring Dr.
Held each year on the Friday following Thanksgiving, the Holiday Stroll includes a parade, tree lighting ceremony, food, music, and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a free pony, train, or trolley ride, visit Santa and his reindeer, and cross things off your holiday list.
The seasonal celebration features a parade with music, Dancing Grannies, racing sausages, Alaskan Malamutes, scout troops, media, and Santa in his sleigh pulled by Cupid and Vixen. It’s an evening not to miss!
The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Kent Avenue and Silver Spring Drive, heading east on Silver Spring Drive ending at Lake Drive in front of Sendik’s. The parade lasts about 45 minutes.
December Tree Lightings
Christmas in the Ward
Friday, December 1st
6:05 tree lighting ceremony
Each Christmas, you’ll find a magical tree lighting in Catalano Square (which is actually a triangle shape – go figure), live reindeer, chestnuts roasting on an open fire (really!), horse drawn carriage rides, costumed characters, hot cocoa, and more. You can visit with Santa in Jolly’s Outdoor Gingerbread House, too.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree at the Annual West Allis Christmas Parade
Tree Lighting at 4:00 p.m. in West Allis Centennial Park Plaza
76th and Greenfield Ave.Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 4:45 p.m.
Visit WebsiteThe West Allis Christmas Parade is an annual holiday tradition, and the only night-time Christmas parade in Southeast Wisconsin. Enjoy marching bands and live performers, creative floats and vintage vehicles, meet elves, cartoon characters, and of course, wave to Santa Claus himself at the end of the parade! This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” a rollicking, rocking, rolling celebration of the season! The Parade will be marshaled at the 81st Street (Gate 2) State Fair Park entrance. The Parade will proceed east on Greenfield Avenue to 70th Street, then south to Orchard Avenue.
Christmas on the Avenue begins at 1:30 p.m. and features children and family activities, crafts, games and more. Festivities will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Christmas caroling and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the West Allis Centennial Park Plaza on 76th and Greenfield Avenue.