Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. In addition to shopping for gifts I love to look at all the holiday decorations, especially the light displays. It is time for the 17th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. On Thursday November, 19, 2015 the six week festival begins with a switch flipping ceremony at 6 p.m. in Pere Marquette Park. The celebration will feature musical performances, warm holiday treats, Santa and a fireworks show! I love fireworks so my family will be there to see everything.
Performers in the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza include country singer, Nora Collins; Anita’s Dance Center; Chandelier Circus; DJ Shawna; Visual Artsz; Studio VIA; and Santa Claus.
The show will start at 6 p.m. The official switch-flipping will take place at approxiamately 6:35 p.m., which will simultaneoulsy light the holiday decor in Pere Marquette Park, Cathedral Square Pak and Zeidler Union Square, as well as downtown’s street level decorations. The celebration will conclude with fireworks synchronized to holiday music and free Jingle Bus rides presented my Meijer operating from Pere Marquette Park, taking guests past all the newly lit scenes.
Brightly captivating scenes will include chandeliers suspended above Wisconsin Avenue, plus “Holiday Palace Park” at Pere Marquette Park, “Community Spirit Park” at Cathedral Square Park and “Toy Chest Park” at Zeidler Union Square.
After opening night, Jingle Bus rides presented by Meijer will operate from 6 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, November 20 –December 27. The 40-minute tour is narrated by Milwaukee Downtown’s Public Service Ambassadors. Rides are $1 per person and depart from The Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.