2011 Wisconsin Holiday Parades

The holidays are right around the corner, and here in Wisconsin we’ve mastered the equation for holly jolly cheer. Grab your mittens, some friends and a thermos full of hot chocolate. Here are a few parades you won’t want to miss.

Photo courtesy: Donald S. Abrams

 Milwaukee Holiday Parade

WHEN: Saturday, November 19th from 9:30AM – 10:30AM.

WHERE: Starts on the corner of Astor Street and Kilbourn Avenue, and ends at Grand Avenue mall.

FUN FACT: Watch out, New York! The 85th annual Milwaukee Holiday Parade will be giving the Macy’s Parade a run for its money with 20 award-winning bands, 40-foot helium balloons and animal entourages.

GIVE BACK: Non-parishable foods will be collected along the route to benefit the Hunger Task Force’s Food for Families.

TIP: The Shops of Grand Avenue Mall will be providing free parking until 5:30PM on the day of the parade.

49th Annual Waukesha Christmas Parade

WHEN: Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 4PM – 5:30PM

WHERE:  Historic Downtown Waukesha

FUN FACT: Keep your eyes peeled for the Dancing Grannies. Word on the street is, they steal the show.

TIP: Santa’s elves will be collecting letters to Santa along the parade route. Make sure to include a return address so Santa can send you a note in return!

Appleton Downtown Christmas Parade

WHEN: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 6PM – 7:30PM

WHERE:  From State Street and College avenue to Drew Street

FUN FACT: The Appleton Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. The 2010 Christmas Parade attracted over 80.000 spectators.

GIVE BACK: Lace up your running shoes and arrive early to participate in the Santa Scamper. This 1-mile run kicks off promptly at 6:03PM. All proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Pantry.

TIP: Hang around after the parade for the Tree Lighting Ceremony, which includes live music and Christmas Carols.

West Bend Christmas Parade

WHEN: Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 5PM

WHERE:  From Regner Park to Historic Downtown West Bend

FUN FACT: The West Bend Christmas Parade is the second oldest holiday parade in the state. This year’s theme will be “Oh Christmas Tree.”

Main Street Memories & Holiday Parade in Sheboygan Falls

WHEN: Saturday, December 6th from 10AM – 6PM.

WHERE:  Pine and Broadway Streets in Historic Downtown Sheboygan Falls

FUN FACT: This year’s Historic Sheboygan Falls holiday parade theme is “Reindeer Daze.” Letters to Santa will be gathered along the route, don’t forget to write down your wish list!

TIP: Come early for free carriage and pony rides, musical entertainment, and pictures with Santa. Stay late for the tree lighting ceremony.

There’s more where that came from. Visit Travel Wisconsin to find a holiday parade near you.

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