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  • Holiday Fantasy in Lights

    Madison, WI

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


  • Christkindlmarket

    Chicago, IL

    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.


  • Christkindlmarket Milwaukee

    Milwaukee, WI

    The Chicago Christkindlmarket expands with this open-air, German-style market in the plaza outside Fiserve Forum arena.


  • Lakeside Park Holiday Lights

    Fond du Lac, WI

    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).


  • Holidazzle

    Minneapolis, MN

    The fifth year of a downtown holiday village will be in Loring Park and feature free admission, with entertainment that includes ice-skating, holiday movies and band and choir concerts.

    There are fireworks at 7 p.m. the first Friday and the next four Saturdays.

     

     


  • Christkindlmarket

    Naperville, IL

    The Chicago Christkindlmarket has a satellite market at the historic Naperville Settlement, with visits from the Christkind, dance performances and a children's lantern parade on Kinder Tag.


  • A Cedarburg Christmas

    Cedarburg, WI

    Shop at the Holiday Art Fair or Christmas Craft and Gift Sale and visit with Santa at his Workshop. On Friday, there's a Festive Eve at Cedar Creek Settlement and free trolley rides.


  • European Christmas Market

    St. Paul, MN

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

     


  • Holiday Kerstmarkt

    Holland, MI

    This open-air European Christmas Market at the Eighth Street Market Place includes 16 timber booths offering Dutch imports, folk art, hand-knit apparel and other gifts.

    Santa arrives Nov. 27 during the Parade of Lights and Sinterklaas in an evening procession Dec. 7. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, there are dog-sled demos.


  • Grand Meander

    St. Paul, MN

    On Grand Avenue, lined by small shops and restaurants, there will be carolers, soup tasting, a petting zoo, a juried art fair at Ramsey Junior High and a trolley to get from place to place.


  • Sinterklaas Parade

    Pella, IA

    In this Dutch town, the man in the red suit arrives in a wooden ship, wears a bishop's miter and has a Moorish servant as helper. A 10 a.m. parade is followed by a meet-and-greet at Scholte Church.


  • Christkindl Festival

    Black River Falls, WI

    A candlelight procession and tree lighting start this traditional German market fair. There's also live reindeer, a baby camel, horse-drawn wagon rides, music and a Christkindl Night of Lights Parade.


  • Twinkle Party

    Stillwater, MN

    Festivities include cookies, hot drinks and twinkle lights given to children. There will also be a tree-lighting ceremony, free trolley rides, caroling and fireworks.


  • Old Fashioned Christmas

    Delano, MN

    This small town west of Minneapolis offers an Old World Market with Krampus and St. Nikolaus, a children's train and holiday character hunt, Glühwein, live reindeer, music and a parade at 4:30 p.m.