Milwaukee area holiday events

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Are you looking for things to do for this holiday season? Look no further, because we've got you covered. Here are a few fun things to do in the Milwaukee area so you can stay busy this holiday season.


Jingle Bus Rides

For just $1, visitors can enjoy a tour of the many Downtown Milwaukee holiday attractions.

On Thursday's to Sunday's in November and December from 6  – 8:20 p.m. Meet at the Shops of Grand Avenue, Center Court at 275 W. Wisconsin Avenue. 

Holiday Lights Walking Tour

Tour of the Downtown Milwaukee holiday lights.

Select Dates and times in Downtown Milwaukee. Check here for more info.

29th Annual Christmas in the Ward

Multiple events and special ceremonies including concerts and a tree lighting ceremony in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 2. Multiple locations in the Third Ward.


Kiwanis Holiday Lights Spectacular 

Walk around the Racine Zoo and enjoy the holiday lights, animals, a train and even Santa.

Occurring daily from November 12 - December 31,  from 5:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. Located at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main Street.  

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights

Enjoy millions of twinkling, sparkling light displays (synched with music) along with a winding course through Jellystone Park Camp-Resort.

Occurring daily, now until December 31st. Located at 8425 Hwy 38, Jellystone Park in Caledonia, WI. 

Burlington Annual Christmas Parade 

This annual Christmas Parade in downtown Burlington will feature floats and activities based on the theme of “Who-Ville Christmas in Burlington."

The parade will take place on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Burlington.


Holiday Boutique Sale at Hawthorn Hollow 

Find unique, hand-crafted holiday gifts, wreaths & sprays made from natural materials gathered on the grounds.

Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Located at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road Kenosha, WI 53142.

Kenosha HarborHoliday – International Market & Festival 

Combination of indoor and outdoor events offering food and trinkets from all around the world.

Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Located at Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum, 5500 First Ave Kenosha, WI 53140.

An Old World Christmas at Old World Wisconsin

Enjoy a breakfast and photo opportunity with Santa at Old World Wisconsin.

Occurring on two separate weekends, December 2 – 3, and December 9 – 10, from 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Located at Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Wisconsin 67, Eagle, WI 53119.


Horse Drawn Carriage Rides 

Passengers can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Downtown Waukesha.

Friday’s and Saturday’s in November and December from 6 – 9:00 p.m. Located at Martha Merrell's Books, 231 W Main St, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Santa Run and Walk 5k 

Dress up in your holiday attire for the 8th annual family-friendly & festive 5k Run & Walk throughout Downtown Waukesha.

The run starts on Sunday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meet at 337 W. Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186. 


Share this article: