Event Calendar

Events in the next 3 days

  1. Holiday Fantasy in Lights

    Madison, WI Nov 13 - Jan 2

    The free display in Olin Park is open from dusk to dawn.

  2. Holiday Lights Festival

    Milwaukee, WI Nov 18 - Jan 1

    The season-long lights festival includes more than 500,000 lights throughout downtown's parks and streets.


  3. Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville

    Chicago, IL Nov 19 - Dec 24

    This North Side satellite of the Daley Plaza Christkindlmarket features ice-skating, wreath-making, music and Santa's Workshop as well as holiday vendors.



  4. Christkindlmarket

    Chicago, IL Nov 19 - Dec 24

    This is the most authentic Old World Christmas market, with many German vendors who bring over toys, ornaments and sweets. There's a Children's Lantern Parade, appearances by the Christkind and entertainment most days. In Daley Plaza in the Loop.

  5. Bentleyville Tour of Lights

    Duluth, MN Nov 20 - Dec 27

    Tour the retro-cool lighted decorations in Bayfront Festival Park, including a tree that dances to music, Dinosaurland and Penguin Park, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

    There's free hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn and marshmallows to roast over fire pits. Bring cash or food to donate to food shelves.

  6. Lakeside Park Holiday Lights

    Fond du Lac, WI Nov 25 - Jan 1

    This free light show on Lake Winnebago includes animated scenes and trees that dance to 20 minutes of music played on 87.9 FM (you can listen on your car radio).

  7. ZooLights

    Chicago, IL Dec 3 - Dec 15

    The annual display of 2.5 million lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo is operating at limited capacity again this year and charging $5 per person. Tickets are free on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reserve in advance.

  8. Chris Kringle Market

    Ottawa, IL Dec 10 - Dec 12

    This town on the Illinois River kicks off its downtown festival with a parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 26, followed by fireworks.

    Along with the market booths, there will be carriage rides, holiday movies at the Roxy Theater, crafts, a children's train, Santa's House and Christmas Around the World displays where children can get their passports stamped. 


  9. Christkindli Market

    New Glarus, WI Dec 10 - Dec 12

    This new outdoor market downtown features decorated mini-chalets, food and music. 

  10. European Christmas Market

    St. Paul, MN Dec 10 - Dec 12

    This Christkindlmarkt in Union Depot features choirs, dancers, hot mulled wine, holiday beers, European-inspired food and artisan goods.


  11. Holiday Kerstmarkt

    Holland, MI Dec 10 - Dec 11

    This open-air European Christmas Market at the Eighth Street Market Place includes 18 timber booths offering Dutch imports, folk art, hand-knit apparel and other gifts.


  12. Festive Friday Eves

    Cedarburg, WI Dec 10

    Five Christmas celebrations, each with a different theme, at Cedar Creek Settlement, a restored 1864 woolen mill in this historic village just north of Milwaukee. Each features live holiday music, crafts, luminaries, wine-tasting and cookies and cider.