Fox Cities Home for the Holidays

While the weather is still unseasonably warm (not complaining), it’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a couple short weeks away!

Holiday events, shopping and Santa too of course! The Fox Cities has everything you need to get in the spirit of the season!


Downtown Appleton Decorated Windows– Downtown Appleton held a special Window Walk event on November 11th to showcase the many businesses that decorated their windows to celebrate the season. Even though that event has passed, you can still enjoy the beauty of the store windows throughout the months of November and December!

Festival of Trees at Trout Museum of Art – Local businesses and artists have decorated and designed wreaths, trees and stockings that will be on display at the museum through November and into December. Join them on December 1 as all of them will be up for silent auction with proceeds to benefit local non-profit organizations. This exhibit is free to enjoy so don’t miss it!

Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade – Tuesday, November 22, Wisconsin’s largest night-time light parade and the theme this year is “Christmas Lights on Parade” and will feature 20 marching bands and 75 floats! You won’t want to miss it! Parade start time is 7pm.

Fang’s Holiday Extravaganza! – Sunday, November 27 head out to Fox Cities Stadium and join Fang and Whiffer for some holiday fun at the ballpark! Cookie decorating, fun kids activities, and visit Santa and his reindeer! Come anytime from 10:30am – 1pm, admission is FREE!

A Very Neenah Christmas – Friday, December 2 from 5-8pm. Visit downtown Neenah for festivities. Featuring their popular living window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, fun family activities and visits with Santa!

St. Nick’s Night at Scheels – Tuesday, December 6 from 5pm-8pm. Games to play and Christmas crafts throughout the store!

Downtown Appleton Avenue of Ice– Saturday, December 17 head down to Houdini Plaza from 10:30am – 2:30pm for live music, ice carving displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, refreshments and a visit with Santa!


Fox River Mall, November 12 – December 24. Santa will be in the Macy’s wing of the mall. Schedule will vary check their website for details!

Breakfast with Santa – Come have breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 11 from 8am-Noon at the Thompson Center on Lourdes. Tickets are $6, children 3 and under are FREE!


Downtown Appleton Small Business Saturday – Saturday, November 26; Shop or dine at nearly 100 businesses. Pick up a Shop Appleton Passport and take it to participating stores, get at least 5 stamps and you can enter to win great prizes! Over $1500 in prizes to give away including a $350 shopping spree!

Harley Davidson of Appleton – Men’s Shopping Night, Friday December 9 from 5-8pm; Stone Cellar will be pouring seasonal craft beers, free gift to the first 200 customers and enter to win some great prizes! Ladies Night, Friday, November 18 from 5-8pm; Receive FREE gift wrapping, snacks, refreshments, manicures, prizes and more!

Christmas Market at Rose and Bee in Kaukauna – December 2, 5-8pm and December 3, 10am-5pm. You’ll find new and vintage furniture, decor, handmade items and more!

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