Mineral Point, WI
See independent films and meet filmmakers in the 1916 opera house of this artistic town west of Madison.
Iowa City, IA
This festival focuses on the creative processes of musicians, artists, comedians, writers, thinkers, scientists and magicians, a "jungle gym for your mind and soul."
In the northeast arts district, 350 artists open their studios and offer demonstrations and workshops.
It's at 11 a.m., starting on Wisconsin Avenue, crossing the river and heading north on Water Street. After the parade, there's a festival at the Marcus Center, with music, entertainment and a veteran-owned market.
Beaver Bay, MN
This event, which commemorates the 1975 sinking of the ore freighter with 29 men, is the only time the public can see the interior of the light tower when the beacon is lighted.
Listen to experts discuss Lake Superior shipwrecks and maritime history.
Celebrate global cultures at the Hjemkomst Center, with folk dancing, storytelling, music and foods from seven countries. Children can pick up a passport to get stamped at booths.
This free festival northwest of Des Moines showcases more than 100 Iowa artists, poets and musicians in seven venues, including the Hotel Pattee, in the downtown historic and cultural district. There will also be children's activities.
The free display in Olin Park is open from dusk to dawn.
Grand Marais, MN
There's a tent encampment, winter skills seminars, Arctic film festival and chili feed at the North House Folk School.
The season-long lights festival includes more than 500,000 lights throughout downtown's parks and streets.
This Lake Michigan town holds its Old World Christmas market in Lakehaven Hall, with a craft market, music and German food. On Friday, there's a holiday lights parade at 6:30 p.m.
Sturgeon Bay, WI
There's a car parade Friday evening, followed by tree light, caroling and horse-drawn wagon rides. On Saturday, there's a parade at 10 a.m.
West Allis, WI
More than 50 ethnic groups present music, dance, food and crafts from around the world. At the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center.
This year, it will be online again.
The expo at the Midwest Mountaineering store on the West Bank includes dozens of speakers and seminars about skiing, sled-dog racing and ice-climbing as well as camping, backpacking and other year-round adventures.
The annual display of 2.5 million lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo is operating at limited capacity again this year and charging $5 per person. Tickets are free on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reserve in advance.
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.
This North Side satellite of the Daley Plaza Christkindlmarket features ice-skating, wreath-making, music and Santa's Workshop as well as holiday vendors.
There will be music and family activities on Michigan Avenue, with a lighted parade from Oak Street to Wacker Drive, followed by fireworks over the Chicago River.
The 6 p.m. parade includes live reindeer, horses, marching bands and floats. See Santa at the Al Ringling Theatre afterward for photos and treats.
Green Bay, WI
The parade starts at 10 a.m. downtown, at Jefferson and Stuart streets.
This open-air European Christmas Market at the Eighth Street Market Place includes 18 timber booths offering Dutch imports, folk art, hand-knit apparel and other gifts.
Tour the retro-cool lighted decorations in Bayfront Festival Park, including a tree that dances to music, Dinosaurland and Penguin Park, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
There's free hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn and marshmallows to roast over fire pits. Bring cash or food to donate to food shelves.
Wisconsin's largest night-time Christmas parade starts at 7 p.m. at the corner of State Street and College Avenue.
It's the 86th anniversary of the parade down State Street in the Loop. It starts at 8 a.m. at State Street and Ida B. Wells Drive and moves northward toward Randolph.
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).
The goofier the float, the better in this north-woods town, 12 miles from the north shore of Mille Lacs. There's music, food and a craft sale before and after the 1 p.m. parade.
Red Wing, MN
This Mississippi River town offers a window-display scavenger hunt, parade, wagon rides and Santa.
Five Christmas celebrations, each with a different theme, at Cedar Creek Settlement, a restored 1864 woolen mill in this historic village just north of Milwaukee. Each features live holiday music, crafts, luminaries, wine-tasting and cookies and cider.
Crystal Lake, IL
In this northwest suburb of Chicago, the holiday parade starts at 7 p.m.
All state parks, MN
Entrance to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas is free today.
New Ulm, MN
The holiday parade downtown will be from 6 to 7 p.m.
Egg Harbor, WI
This Door County village offers horse-drawn wagon rides, a children's elf hunt and mistle dough contest and caroling.
The open-air market in this Minneapolis suburb on Lake Minnetonka also includes concerts, balloon art, storytelling, reindeer, visits with the Christkind, mugs of warm Glühwein and children's lantern parades at 5 p.m. both Saturdays.
St. Paul, MN
This Christkindlmarkt in Union Depot features choirs, dancers, hot mulled wine, holiday beers, European-inspired food and artisan goods.
This downtown market features vendors in outdoor huts as well as heated tents for music, German food, gingerbread-decorating and a beer garden.
This town on the Illinois River kicks off its downtown festival with a parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 26, followed by fireworks.
Along with the market booths, there will be carriage rides, holiday movies at the Roxy Theater, crafts, a children's train, Santa's House and Christmas Around the World displays where children can get their passports stamped.
St. Charles, IL
There will be a kickoff to the Holiday Tree Trail, a window-decorating contest and the Electric Christmas Parade.