2020 Holiday Events


Milwaukee's holiday plans for this year have changed, but there are still holiday events both online and in-person to safely enjoy. From light-up drive-thrus to care packages straight from MKE, don't forget to make time to treat yourself and your loved ones to some holiday joy this season.

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In-Person Events

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival (November 19, 2020 -January 1, 2021)

Downtown Milwaukee will sparkle with more than 500,000 holiday lights, including displays in three downtown parks. Jingle Bus tours are suspended for this year, so plan to bring the family for your own tour of the lights. Tune into WISN 12 on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a televised version of the annual Kick-Off Extravaganza! Learn more.

Bayshore's Season to Sparkle (November 20, 2020)

Enjoy live entertainment, ice carving and sculptures, strolling the Bayshore Art Walk, and more before a dazzling tree lighting ceremony. Learn more.

Five Festive Friday Eves (November 20 & 27, December 4, 11, 18, 2020)

This year the Cedar Creek Settlement will celebrate the holidays with five special nights featuring sampling, specials, and free gifts amongst the beautifully decorated historic buildings. Learn more.

Winter Wonders (November 20, 2020 - January 3, 2021)

This drive-thru light display at Boerner Botanical Gardens is "Bigger & Brighter" this year! Enjoy new displays featuring one millions lights, a mini-drive-in with a holiday singalong, holiday gift bags for each car, and more! Learn more. (Don't forget to pack snacks for the ride - or purchase a Celebration Crate that includes admission and treats for two.) 

Christmas Train (November 27-29, December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 2020)

Hop on board the East Troy Railroad's annual Christmas Train! Ride to pick Santa up at his workshop while enjoying cookies, cocoa, and holiday fun. Learn more.

Mayfair Visits with Santa (November 27 - December 24, 2020)

Santa will be visiting with guests in a socially distanced manner at level one in the Nordstrom wing this year. Santa and his guests will be required to wear face coverings throughout the visit. If you aren't able to visit Santa in person this year, Mayfair is also offering an immersive virtual Santa experience. Learn more.

The Country Christmas (November 27, 2020 - January 2, 2021)

This spectacular drive-thru lights display features a mile-long trail with over one million lights, as well as Bethlehem Village and the model trains in the Christmas Village. Learn more.

Christmas in the Ward (December 2020)

Enjoy pop-up events, music, and more throughout the month of December while you do your holidays shopping in the Historic Third Ward this year! Check out the full calendar of giveaways, sales, and more. Learn more.

Miller Holiday Lites (December 2-27, 2020)

The Miller Brewery will sparkle with a holiday lights display for you to enjoy from your car as you drive through the brewery. To see the lights, drive on either side of State Street in front of the Plank Road Brewery House, next to the Miller Inn. The lights will be illuminated every night from 6-10 p.m. Learn more.

Dessert Affair: Holiday Edition (December 12, 2020)

Lake Park Bistro will tempt you with a four-course menu of delicious desserts with optional champagne pairings. Learn more.

Holiday Champagne Dinner (December 17, 2020)

Enjoy a decadent five-course menu at Bacchus paired with some of the world's finest sparkling libations. Learn more.

Virtual Events

Christkindlmarket (November 1-December 31, 2020)

The Christkindlmarket is going virtual for the first time ever this year! Shop from marketplace favorites online, join in family-friendly virtual events, and more. Learn more.

Holiday Folk Fair International (November 20-22, 2020)

Enjoy this year's Holiday Folk Fair International from wherever you are! The 2020 virtual fair theme is The Seeds of Heritage and will celebrate the importance of plants throughout cultures. Learn more.

Thanksgiving: Wherein Lies the Good (November 22, 2020)

Present Music's annual Thanksgiving concert will be an interactive online experience this year. Participate in the live event on November 22 or stream through the end of the year. Learn more.

Bountiful Black Friday Treasure Hunt (November 27, 2020)

Bayshore is helping you celebrate Black Friday this year with a virtual treasure hunt that leads to $50 gift cards from Bayshore restaurants and retailers. Learn more.

A Christmas Carol - Two Ways!

For the first time this year, Milwaukee Rep will have two presentations of A Christmas Carol available to stream worldwide! The 2016 production of A Christmas Carol will be available for free during the month of December (donations welcome), and passes to view Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, an amazing one-man version of the classic story, will be available to purchase. Learn more.

Hotel Deals

Treat yourself to a holiday staycation this year! Check out holiday hotel packages and deals perfect for bringing something extra special to a holiday at home.

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