Join us for this fun, family-friendly holiday tradition as Downtown Kenosha lights up the town for the season! Festivities include our City’s Christmas Tree Lighting, free Electric Streetcar rides, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Lightin’ Up Business Decorating Contest, and so much more! Downtown businesses will stay open late and welcome you in for special sales and promotions, live entertainment, children’s activities and course, good old-fashioned holiday cheer!
4:00 to 5:00pm – CITY OF KENOSHA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Fountain Plaza, West of Kenosha Public Museum | 5500 First Avenue
Beginning at 4:00pm, enjoy holiday music and entertainment. Warm up with a hot chocolate, for sale on-site by the Friends of the Museum. At approximately 4:45pm, the Kenosha K*Stars choir will perform. Then, join Santa Claus and Mayor John Antaramian for the countdown to the Tree Lighting at 5:00pm.
4:00 to 9:00pm – FREE ELECTRIC STREETCAR RIDES
Kenosha’s Electric Streetcars will be decked out in holiday style! Rides are FREE for all ages from 4:00 to 9:00pm. Look for Streetcar boarding signs along 54th and 56th Streets Downtown. Rides are sponsored by the City of Kenosha and Downtown Kenosha Inc.
5:30 to 8:00pm – VISIT WITH SANTA CLAUS
Rhode Center for the Arts | 514 56th Street
Stop in at the historic Rhode Center for the Arts to see the one and only Santa Claus! Visits with Santa are free. Don’t forget your camera to capture those special memories!
5:30 to 9:00pm – LETTER WRITING WITH MRS. CLAUS
Actor’s Craft 7th Avenue Theater | 4900 7th Avenue
Mrs. Claus is visiting Downtown Kenosha to help children write letters to her famous husband! Letters will be deposited in her special North Pole Mailbox and personally delivered to Santa Claus.
5:00pm & Later – LIGHTIN’ UP DOWNTOWN
Enjoy family-friendly activities and crafts, live entertainment and special promotions at dozens of Downtown shops, restaurants, galleries, and other businesses. Also delight an array of holiday light displays in Downtown shop windows and vote for your favorite display in our annual Lightin’ Up Business Decorating Contest (VOTE HERE starting at 4:00 PM 11/29/19).
LIGHTIN’ UP ANNUAL BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST
Downtown Kenosha is THE place to be for holiday light lovers this season! Dozens of businesses will decorate their windows and storefronts in grand holiday fashion for the annual Lightin’ Up festivities on November 29th. VOTE for your favorite display and you could win a Downtown Kenosha Gift Basket filled with prizes from participating businesses!
Voting is open 4:00pm Friday, November 29 through 11:45pm Sunday, December 1st!
LIST OF BUSINESS SPECIALS & ACTIVITIES
🎄 – Indicates participants for Lightin’ Up Storefront Contest!
🎄A Summer’s Garden Florist | 5617 6th Avenue – Enjoy in-store holiday specials with a drawing for a holiday prize.
🎄Actor’s Craft | 4900 7th Avenue – Mrs. Claus is here to help children write letters to her famous husband! Letters will be deposited in her special North Pole Mailbox and personally delivered to Santa Claus.
Alpaca Art | 4326 7th Avenue – Paint-your-own pottery. $5 flat ornaments, $8 & $10 ball ornaments. No extra studio fee for these items.
🎄Authentique | 625 57th Street – Must stop in to see exclusive offers!
🎄Bisou Lingerie | 635 58th Street – All black bras, panties and lingerie, 20% off. Purchase a $60.00 gift certificate for $50.00.
🎄Boat House Pub & Eatery | 4917 7th Avenue – Warm up with a hot drink from the bar! Daily specials offered.
Choo Choo Charlie’s | 5414 13th Avenue – Free gourmet hot chocolate with whip cream!
🎄Coffee Pot | 4914 7th Avenue
🎄Dakini Healing Arts | 5603 7th Avenue
🎄Dawn’s Style | 633 58th Street – 20% off Moroccan Oil products! Special sales that need to be seen; boutique winter item.
🎄DayBreak Church | 5631 6th Avenue – Free kids craft! Bathrooms open to the public. Music inside!
🎄Duck Duck Goose | 5811 6th Avenue – 20% Store-wide. Open until 9PM!
🎄Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies | 5819 6th Avenue – Explore Santa’s Workshop: Free face painting, free pine cone bird feeder making, cookie decorating for $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00, cutie pie making for $3.00 each, and $10.00 Gingerbread houses!
🎄Equinox Botanical Boutique | 5901 6th Avenue A
🎄FitFam Kenosha | 5700 6th Avenue – Join FitFam for family fun! We will have a children’s obstacle course, Christmas inspired STEM activities, and Christmas crafts! Passes and memberships will be on sale during the event.
🎄Franks Diner | 508 58th Street – Kids can make and decorate FREE Tiny Christmas Trees made from ice cream cones and cake frosting and decorated with candy. Beverages and treats to eat will be for sale.
🎄In the Garden of Eden | 711 57th Street -Free gift with purchase. $25 off $100 or more purchased.
🎄Iron Depot Winery | 5000 7th Avenue
Jockey Factory Store | 5500 6th Avenue – Entire store 40% to 70% OFF!
🎄K9 Kibble | 5919 Sheridan – Make a custom bandana for your dog or cat! All supplies provided.
🎄Kenosha Art Association | 5615 7th Avenue – Make a handmaid holiday ornament!
Kenosha Comedy Club | 5125 6th Avenue – $12 single ticket for either the 7pm or 9pm show!
🎄Kenosha Creative Space | 624 57th Street – Artisan vendors, pop-up book shop, and more!
🎄Madison Bleu Boutique| 4906 7th Avenue – Enjoy our kid’s candy cane reindeer decorating station, complimentary treats (while supplies last), plus 40% OFF all regular priced items Friday and Saturday!
🎄Lulu Birds | 720 58th Street
🎄Mike Bjorn’s | 5614 6th Avenue
🎄Pine Blossom Boutique | 5925 6th Avenue A – 30% of Select Clothing during open hours all weekend! And come out before the tree lighting to enjoy our annual winter wonderland celebration with raffles and giveaways!
🎄PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co. | 716 58th Street – Annual release of Hot Chocolate Chili Chocolate Stout. Tim Delaney performs live. Decorate own beer coaster ornament. Exclusive pre-sale beers and merch!
🎄Robin’s Nest Cakery | 5537 6th Avenue – Free candy canes and $1.00 apple cider while supplies last!
🎄Rustic Road Brewing Company | 5706 6th Avenue – Special beer flight released on Lightin’ Up plus $1.00 OFF Rudolph’s Revenge!
🎄Salon on Sixth | 5040 6th Avenue
🎄Salon Pure | 5531 6th Avenue – Holiday open house! Great deals on products, raffles, and giveaways. Enjoy our hot chocolate bar while visiting!
Salon tech.nique | 643 58th Avenue – Exclusive discounts on products, jewelry, and apparel. Must stop in to see!
🎄Sandy’s Popper | 5503 6th Avenue – FREE Holiday Popcorn Ball with purchase while supplies last!!!
Sazzy B | 5623 6th Avenue – Live music starting at 8:30 $5 candy cane martini available all evening!
🎄Scoops Ice cream & Candy| 5711 8th Avenue – Melting Snowman (hot chocolate with three baby scoops of your choice of ice cream) $3.00. Hot caramel spiced apple cider $3.00. Enter our raffle after a purchase to win a $10 gift card. We will pick three lucky winners that night.
🎄Something Different | 5716 6th Avenue – Free coffee to warm you up while touring!
🎄Stolfe’s Portside Percussion Studio 5029 |6th Avenue
🎄The Buzz Café | 5621 6th Avenue – Alleyway caroling. $1 Hot Cocoa $3 Peppermint Latte!
🎄The Lettering Machine | 725 50th Street
🎄 The O at Backyard Dream Studios (Orpheum Theater) | 5823 6th Avenue – Enjoy a Free polar express hot chocolate stand hosted by Herzing University in front of the Orpheum theater marquee from 5-8PM
🎄 The Stella | 5706 8th Avenue – Hot chocolate stand! Glow in the Dark Mugs offered! Free mimosa all weekend with receipt of purchase from any downtown business during lightin’ up and small business Saturday! We love our downtown!
🎄The Vault Banquet Hall | 625 57th Street
To & From | 5535 6th Avenue – Spend $25 and pick from our advent calendar for a mystery discount or free gift!
🎄Total Cyclery | 5039 6th Avenue – Lightin’ Up your ride with 15% off all bike lights!
🎄Vintage Underground | 5817 6th Avenue – 20% entire store merchandise plus Christmas raffle giveaway.
🎄Trecroci Realty | 522 56th Street, Suite 101 – Complimentary Christmas Coffee Mugs.
🎄Wine Knot Bar & Bistro | 5611 6th Avenue – Half price Pumpkin Pie Martinis.
🎄Yoga & Friends | 5721 6th Avenue – Join us for our Lightin’ Up Open House following the City Christmas Tree Lighting! Yoga class packages will be available at a savings off our regular pricing. Free trial class coupons. Teachers will be available for questions.
Lightin’ Up is sponsored by the City of Kenosha and Downtown Kenosha, Inc.
(*) To be entered into the drawing for a Downtown Gift Basket, be sure to enter your contact information after casting your vote (4pm 11/29/19 through 11:45pm 12/01/19).