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Your Guide to Holiday Cheer in Greater Green Bay

As the temperature starts to fall and snowflakes begin to scatter through the sky, Greater Green Bay has the ingredients to present you with holiday cheer this time of year.

Whether you are visiting Green Bay for a trip to Lambeau Field or catching up with family and friends for the holidays, get out and explore the best of Greater Green Bay as you wrap up 2019 and ring in the New Year.

1. Lighting Ceremony on Broadway
The Lighting Ceremony is an annual tradition in the Broadway District located downtown that kicks off the start of the holiday season. Events and interactive activities will entertain the whole family on Friday, November 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. as you stroll the many shops and venues that make Broadway a unique destination. Explore the Gingerbread House Tour, wagon rides, music, free gift wrapping and of course, Santa!

2. 36th Annual Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade
Delight in the beauty of festive floats designed to the theme of "Holiday Magic" and enjoy high-flying balloons, local marching bands, dancers, singers, and of course, Santa and his reindeer! Downtown Green Bay will be the place to be the morning of Saturday, November 23 for the Holiday Parade.

The route starts at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Jefferson and Stuart Streets, running north on Jefferson, west on Cherry and south on Washington St. Bring your cameras! Santa and his reindeer will be photo-ready at the YWCA following the parade from 11:30am – 1pm. Can't make it? Watch the parade LIVE on NBC26! FREE parking will be available in the Pine, Cherry, and Main Street parking ramps and all nearby city streets.

3. Winter Fun in Titletown
Titletown offers a multi-acre stretch of park space open to the public with year-round, daily recreation including fun activities for the winter months. Equipped with an ice skating rink and tubing lanes down Ariens Hill, you’ll be sure to enjoy a day of winter fun in Titletown. Skate rentals are available at rink or feel free to bring your own. For those looking for a new way to enjoy the ice, Titletown also offers ice bike rentals. Ice biking combines bicycle riding with ice skating and is a fun and exciting activity on the ice. If you need a break from all the activity, enjoy s'mores and other snacks around the fire from 46 Below Bistro

If you visit Titletown closer to the holidays, you will be excited to find a music and light show to soak in called The Winter Jubilee Light Show. The family-friendly presentation features a new and dazzling blend of holiday-themed lights, music and special effects and also features animation, lasers and fireworks. The show will be projected onto Lambeau Field’s outer west facade, off Ridge Road, so if you are not a fan of the cold weather, you can sit in your car and watch the show from the parking lot. The show is seven minutes long, and will play every half hour from 6 to 9 p.m. most Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from November 29 until December 30.

4. Merry and Bright
Experience the magic of WPS Garden of Lights, as you stroll the lit paths surrounded by more than 300,000 twinkling lights. Create extraordinary holiday memories with your family and friends at Green Bay Botanical Garden this winter. Don't forget your camera, it's a great place for a holiday family photo! See the enchanted icicle forest, glistening flowers, a dazzling 60-foot walk-through caterpillar (the perfect photo op) and so much more. The show is topped off with the area’s tallest and brightest shining tree.

Don't forget to explore the newest light display, Butterflies in Motion, and enjoy a butterfly experience in a way you never have before. Be amazed by more than 20,000 dazzling LED lights in the shapes of animated butterflies, chrysalises and caterpillars all while inside the blissfully lit up butterfly house!

Enjoy this stunning winter landscape by foot or take a horse-drawn wagon ride. 

After your stroll, be sure to head on inside the Fischer Visitor Center to warm up with some hot coca and other snacks. Additional activities inside include natural holiday tree display, photos with Santa, letters to Santa, meet and greet with Mrs. Claus and her elves, a model train exhibit by the G-Gagers, a trip to the WPS Trellis Gift Shop and more!

View schedule and buy tickets here.

5. Festival of Trees
Stroll through the National Railroad Museum’s indoor train exhibits and see more than 40 trees decorated by local businesses and nonprofit organizations. It is a wonderful family outing and an opportunity for holiday guests to explore the wide variety of uniquely decorated trees on display. Museum admission is reduced to $5.00 per person during the Festival of Trees. You won’t want to miss this beautiful holiday tradition!

The Festival of Trees will be on display in the Lenfestey Center and throughout the Museum from November 15 through January 5. Open during museum hours only.  Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years day. View visiting hours here.

Then, on December 10 through the 14, be sure to check out Holidays on the Rails. This is the perfect seasonal event for the whole family! Ideal for children pre-K through 2nd grade, celebrate the holidays with crafts, cookie decorating, explore the Museum exhibits, take a train ride, and of course, visit with the Big Guy — SANTA CLAUS!

6. A Frank’s Christmas
Let Me Be Frank Productions’ 20th all-original Christmas comedy musical, “A Frank's Christmas,” takes you to Fleet Farm this year. Corporate says Amazon has been killing sales the past couple of years that the store needs to create a more inviting shopping atmosphere. Apparently getting employees to dress up as famous Christmas characters are going to accomplish this task.

The show runs December 6 through December 28, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at the Meyer Theatre (8 p.m.). Matinees are December 6, 12, 19 and 21 at 1 p.m. Get Tickets here.

7. De Pere Holly Day
Discover De Pere and enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, a scavenger hunt, and a special visit from Santa and his live reindeer and elves.  Warm up with complimentary hot beverages, sweet treats, and specials at local downtown shops. The streets and businesses of downtown De Pere will be filled with holiday spirit and the magic of Christmas on Saturday, December 7 from Noon to 4 p.m. More information here.

8. Winter Wine & Beer Walks
Experience the winter beauty of Downtown Green Bay on Broadway & Dousman Streets while sipping the flavors of Green Bay and Wisconsin and shopping for unique gifts this holiday season. Wine and beer samples will be available at the boutique shops, restaurants and other venues located along the route. You will enjoy 24 different samples and a chance to win prizes while browsing the Broadway businesses. Punch cards sold in advance online here. Each night is capped at 1,000 participants so purchase your punch cards now.

9. Daddy D’s Christmas Show
Daddy D Productions celebrates the joy of Christmas at Riverside Ballroom. Devour a full plate of traditional favorites with a dash of contemporary flare. It’s everything you need to get in the holiday spirit. The dinner and show run December 18-21. Doors open at 5pm, dinner at 6pm and the show is at 7pm. Buy tickets here.

10. Green Bay’s Winter Farmers Market
The 10th annual Winter Farmers Market will kick off its 2019-2020 season on December 14. This free admission indoor market is held inside the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay on select Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon. With more than 75 vendors, you’ll find local meats, cheeses, bakery goods, vegetables, canned items, coffee, handcrafted art pieces and various local restaurants. Enjoy free parking in the Main Street Ramp with sky-walk to the market. In addition to the vendors, take in the live music and cooking demos. The first market of the season also features a Holiday Market with 30 additional holiday craft vendors and Santa! View schedule.

11. Harlem Globetrotters World Tour
The Harlem Globetrotters, the iconic one-of-a-kind family entertainment, brings their World Tour to Green Bay on December 28, 2019. Their basketball game at the Resch Center will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled fan interaction. Stick around after the game for autographs and photo opportunities with the players. Get your tickets here

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