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 2018 and ring in the New Year.
1. 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 smores 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 23 until December 31.
2. Merry and Bright
Experience the magic of WPS Garden of Lights, as you stroll the lit paths surrounded by more than 250,000 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. Enjoy this stunning winter landscape by foot or take a horse-drawn wagon ride. View schedule and buy tickets here.
3. 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, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Open during museum hours only. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years day. View visiting hours here.
4. A Frank’s Christmas
Let Me Be Frank Productions’ 19th all-original Christmas comedy musical, “Schroeder’s Christmas,” goes back to the 1930s at Schroeder’s Department store in Two Rivers. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — unless you’re the Schroeder brothers. Maybe a salesman by the name of Clarence Jingle will be the answer to their prayers. Clarence is trying to sell the store employees on a newfangled toy called a “slinky” — apparently, it’s going to be all the rage and might help Schroeder’s keep their doors open for years to come.
The show runs November 30 through December 23, Tuesday-Saturday evenings at the Meyer Theatre (8 p.m.). Matinees are December 6, 7, 13, 15 & 22 at 1 p.m. Get Tickets here.
5. 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. More information here.
6. 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.
7. 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 12-15. Doors open at 5pm, dinner at 6pm and the show is at 7pm. Buy tickets here.
8. Green Bay’s Winter Farmers Market
The 9th annual New Leaf Winter Farmers Market will kick off its 2018-2019 season on December 15. This free admission indoor market is held inside the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. 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!
9. Harlem Globetrotters World Tour
The Harlem Globetrotters, the iconic one-of-a-kind family entertainment, brings their World Tour to Green Bay on December 26, 2018. 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.
10. U.S. Bank Eve
Ring in the new year with horse drawn wagon rides and sled dogs at the 28th annual U.S. Bank Eve celebration. This event takes place at multiple downtown Green Bay locations including the Ferguson Family YMCA, Neville Public Museum and the Main Street Bridge. Enjoy the fireworks and catch a glimpse of the Lucky Llama at 8:45 p.m. on the Main Street Bridge. More details to come at downtowngreenbay.com.