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15th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

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Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21 is setting the stage for the 15th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, November 21 – December 29. On opening night, Thursday, Nov. 21, the six--‐week festival will host a switch--flipping ceremony in Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave. Attracting over 5,000 guests annually, the celebration features music, dancing, Santa and a much--anticipated fireworks show.

 

The cast of this year’s Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick--‐Off Extravaganza will include Spider George & The Web; Ice Beat Factory, an ice--‐sculpting performance group; Studio VIA; The Tempters; Danceworks; First Stage, performing a scene from “The Best Xmas Pageant Ever”; and the show’s guest of honor, Santa Claus. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. At approximately 6:30 p.m., invited guests Governor Scott Walker, Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee alderman will lead the crowd in a countdown. Fireworks synchronized to holiday songs will top off the program and free Jingle Bus rides will operate from Pere Marquette Park, taking guests past all of downtown’s newly lit decorations.

 

Not--to--miss scenes will include the chandeliers suspended above Wisconsin Ave., as well as the décor in Pere Marquette Park, Cathedral Square Park and Zeidler Union Square. The themes for each park are “Electric Elves” at Pere Marquette Park, “Community Spirit Park” at Cathedral Square Park and “Musical Bears” at Zeidler Union Square. Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21 is the organization responsible for the procurement, installment and maintenance of these decorations. They also coordinate the November 21st kick--off ceremony in Pere Marquette Park.

 

After opening night, Jingle Bus rides will operate from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, November 22 – December 29. 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. For additional information on the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, visit www.milwaukeeholidaylights.com or call 414.220.4700.

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