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: Morning of Saturday, November 19, 2016.

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

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

GIVE BACK: Non-parishable foods will be collected along the route to benefit the local charities.

TIP: Stay downtown and enjoy the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. See the trees at Cathedral Square Park or stop by Snowflake Sparkle Square at Pere Marquette Park.  

Annual Waukesha Christmas Parade

WHEN: Late afternoon of November 20, 2016.

WHERE:  Historic Downtown Waukesha

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

TIP: Drop off your letters to Santa at Merrell's Books & Toys. Make sure to include a return address so Santa can send you a note in return!

Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade

WHEN: Evening of November 22, 2016.  

WHERE:  From State Street and College Avenue to Drew Street

FUN FACT: The Appleton Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. Last year's Christmas Parade attracted over 80,000 spectators.

GIVE BACK: Lace up your running shoes and arrive early to participate in the Santa Scamper. All proceeds from this 1-mile run benefit St. Joseph’s Pantry.

TIP: Come early for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Park, which includes live music, Christmas carols and hand warmers to keep you toasty warm at the parade.

West Bend Christmas Parade

WHEN: Evening of November 27, 2016  

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 “Let it Snow.”

Main Street Memories & Holiday Parade 

WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 2016.

WHERE:  Pine and Broadway Streets in Historic Downtown Sheboygan Falls

FUN FACT: This year’s Historic Sheboygan Falls holiday parade theme is “Songs of the Season.”

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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