2016 Holiday Events Highlight Reel

All across the state, towns and cities are prepping for another amazing holiday season in Wisconsin. From parades, to Santa sightings, to family-friendly outdoor events, this is an awesome time to take advantage of our rich Wisconsin living.

Top Wisconsin Events This Holiday Season

Below, you’ll find a small overview of just some of the terrific events taking place between now and the end of December, 2016. To see a full calendar of events for the entire state, we highly recommend you visit the official Travel Wisconsin site!

  1. Beginning November 24 and lasting through December 31, enjoy a chance to interact with the man himself on Lake Geneva’s Santa Cruise and Santa Cause. Passengers will be treated to an enchanting boat ride to Santa’s North Pole, while adults can enjoy a snack bar (with kid-friendly and not-so-kid-friendly delights), and activities for all ages make this a great event for the whole family.
  2. Join the fine folks of Appleton for their 46th annual nighttime parade—the largest of its kind in the state. Feeling a little extra festive and want to earn that second slice of pumpkin pie? Take part in the town’s Santa Scamper, just before the parade starts.
  3. They just don’t make ye olde Christmas like they used to—or do they? Check out the Cambridge Classic Christmas at the start of December for a long weekend full of “homespun fun.” Shopping, hay rides, a gingerbread station, and the Holiday Lights Display at Ripley Park are just some of the charming delights that await you.
  4. In the Milwaukee area this holiday season? Check out the Black Nativity at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the story of the birth of Christ as told via a powerful combination of poetry, African American scripture, song and dance.
  5. Zoos are great year-round fun, but during the holidays they shine extra bright—literally. Join the Henry Vilas Zoo staff and animals at their inaugural Zoo Lights installation. With more than 300 light displays totaling 200,000 lights, a marketplace, seasonal food, and live music, this is expected to be a great new addition to the holidays in Madison.

2016 Holiday Events Highlight Reel

Readers, what else is a must-see and do this holiday season? Please share your best recommendations in the comments section—and bonus points if you include a link directly to the event!