2017 Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings | Green Bay and the Surrounding Areas

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There are plenty of area parades and tree lightings to get even Mr. Scrooge in the holiday spirit. Email us at [email protected] if we missed your favorite.

Light Up Night-Appleton

When: Friday, November 10th
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Where: Houdini Plaza
Details: Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.  Enjoy live music and free children’s activities throughout Houdini Plaza.  Take time to visit the Festival of Wreathes at the Trout Museum and to walk the Avenue from 6-9 p.m. to view decorated windows of downtown.  Light refreshments.  Shops open later than normal.

Peace Tree Ceremony-Green Bay

When: Wednesday, November 15th
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Brown County Courthouse
Details: Local kids come together and read essays on peace, sing holiday music, and kick off the holiday season in Downtown Green Bay.  Ceremony begins inside with comments from the Mayor followed by lighting of the tree near Jefferson St.

Oshkosh Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting-Oshkosh

When: Thursday, November 16th
Time: 6 p.m. Tree Lighting; 6:30 p.m. Parade
Where: Tree Lighting Ceremony in Opera House Square; Parade – Downtown Oshkosh
Details: This year’s theme is “A Charlie Brown Chirstmas.”


Lighting Ceremony on Broadway-Green Bay

When: Friday, November 17th
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Broadway Downtown Green Bay
Details: The official countdown to the illumination will be officiated by Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Broadway and Hubbard St. Live music, sleigh rides and Santa.  Downtown businesses will be open until 8 p.m.

Christmas by the Bay-Tree Lighting, Sturgeon Bay

When: Friday, November 17th
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Clock Tower
Details:  The fun begins at 6 p.m. with the tree lighting to take place at 7 p.m. at the clock tower on Third Avenue.  Enjoy free carriage rides and enjoy the charming shops of Sturgeon Bay.

The 34th Annual Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade-Green Bay

When: Saturday, November 18th
Time: 10 a.m.
Where:  Downtown Green Bay.  Beginning on Jefferson St and continuing on Cherry and Washington Streets
Details: This years theme is “Holiday Memories.”

Christmas by the Bay-Holiday Parade, Sturgeon Bay

When: Saturday, November 18th
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Downtown Sturgeon Bay
Details: Parade starts Sawyer Park and proceeds up Oak Street to Madison Avenue across the bridge to Third Avenue.  The fun continues after the parade.   Take the kids to the Door County Historical Museum for pictures with Santa.

47th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade-Appleton

When: Tuesday, November 21st
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Beginning at the corner of State St. and College Ave.  Heading east on College Ave to Drew St.
Details:  This years theme is “Our Wish For The Season: Peace, Joy & Harmony.”

Lakeshore Holiday Parade-Manitowoc

When: Wednesday, November 22nd
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Beginning on the corner of Washington St and S. 12th St. and continuing on S. 8th St.
Details:  No theme this year. Parade will take place regardless of weather.

Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony-Sheboygan

When: Sunday, November 26th
Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Sheboygan
Details: Kids, bring your letters to Santa!  USPS will be collecting letters to deliver to Santa.  Be sure to include your name and address on the letter, so Santa can respond.  Tree lighting immediately following the parade at Mead Public Library.

Clintonville Christmas Parade-Clintonville

When: Monday, November 27th
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Main St.

Kiwanis Christmas Parade-Little Chute

When: Monday, November 27th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cypress & Main St.

Wautoma Rotary Christmas Parade-Wautoma

When: Thursday, November 30th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where:  Main Street
Details: Following the parade will be hot chocolate and cookies provided by Mayor Nixon.

Holiday of Wonder-Holiday Parade-New London

When: Friday, December 1st
Time: 6 p.m.
Where:  Starts on S. Pearl St. and ends at Wolf River Plaza parking lot.
Details: The Reindeer Run begins at  5:30 p.m. at the Ignite Practice Facility. Festivities continue after the parade.  6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at New London’s Grand Cinema Theatre.  The event ends with a FREE movie beginning at 9 p.m.

Downton Shawano Santa House and Parade-Shawano

When: Friday, December 1st
Time: 6 p.m.
Where:  Main St.
Details: Visit with Santa, in-store specials, free horse-drawn wagon rides after the parade.

Chilton Holiday Celebration-Chilton

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Grand Street
Details: Santa will be on hand!

Holiday Parade of Lights-Fond du Lac

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Where: North Main Street and head South towards Veteran’s Park
Details:  This year’s theme will be “Christmas on the Lake.” Santa sends holiday greeting and lights Christmas tree at Veteran’s Park. 

24th Annual Freedom Christmas Parade-Freedom

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Startings at Freedom High School
Details: This year’s them is “Parade of Lights: Family Christmas.” ENTRY FEE: Non-perishable food donation to the Freedom Food Pantry, drop in bin at front door of the Freedom High School.

49th Annual Howard-Suamico Christmas Parade-Green Bay

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Begins at Bay View Middle School
Details: This year’s theme is “Winter Wonderland.”

Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade & Santa’s Visit-Oconto

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: Parade on Main St. to City Hall with Santa’s Visit.
Details: Vist with Santa from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at City Hall

Holiday Parade-Omro

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Main St.
Details: This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.”

Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade-Weyauwega

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Starts at the Library on Mill Street and proceeds to the corner of Main and Pine where the tree will be lit.
Details: Head to the Gerold Opera House after the parade to visit with Santa and listen to the Weyauwega-Fremont Band.  Hot chocolate for everyone!

Electric City Christmas Parade-Kaukauna

When: Tuesday, December 5th
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Starts at Wisconsin and Depot, goes down Wisconsin to Hwy 55, then South to Third Street; West on Third to end at Reaume. 
Details:  This year’s them is “Run, Run, Rudolph.”  Cookies and hot chocolate with Santa at City Hall following the parade.

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