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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival 2015

Don't Miss the 2015 Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival and Kick-Off Extravaganza

Returning for its 17th year in 2015, the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival will once again illuminate downtown Milwaukee with thousands of decorative lights and animated displays. In all, the popular attraction is expected to light up the city with over 500,000 lights, including displays in Cathedral Square Park (520 E. Wells Street), Pere Marquette Park (900 N. Plankinton Avenue), and Zeidler Union Square (301 W. Michigan Street). The light show kicks off Thursday, November 19th and runs through Sunday, December 27th.

The free Kick-Off Extravaganza on November 19th will begin at 6 p.m. at Pere Marquette Park with live music and other holiday festivities, including the lighting of the town Christmas tree, a 6:30 p.m. fireworks show, and a visit from Santa. Guests can also enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies, plus a free ride on the Jingle Bus to take in the area's sights.

The Jingle Bus, which for the remainder of the festival costs just $1 per rider, hosts a 40-minute narrated tour of the city's most spectacular displays. Tours run Thursday through Sunday for the duration of the festival, departing from the Warming House at The Shops of Grand Avenue (275 W. Wisconsin Avenue) between 6:00 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. Please note that the Jingle Bus will not be offering tours on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.

For those of you who'd like a unique keepsake of the festival, be sure to pick up a Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival ornament. Each year a new ornament is released celebrating one of Milwaukee's iconic downtown landmarks. Ornaments from this and previous festivals can be ordered online at or in select area shops while supplies last.

For more information about this year's Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival and its Kick-Off Extravaganza, please visit Milwaukee Downtown's website at

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