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Winter festivals 2018


  • (Apr. 19 – 22)Oneota Film Festival

    Decorah, IA

    This free festival showcases documentary films and includes dance performances and an Ethnic Arts Festival on the campus of Luther College.


  • (Nov. 15)Holiday Lights Festival

    Milwaukee, WI

    The season-long lights festival begins with music, tree-lighting and hot chocolate in Red Arrow Park, then moves across the river to Pere Marquette Park for a family fashion show, variety show, fireworks and free tours on the Jingle Bus.


  • (Dec. 31)Carp Fest

    Prairie du Chien, WI

    In this Mississippi River town, celebrate with fireworks, music, a light show, a bonfire and the Droppin' of the Carp, a large, frozen Mississippi River rough fish.


  • (Dec. 31)Cheese Drop

    Plymouth, WI

    For the big Cheese Drop in this eastern Wisconsin town, an 80-pound lighted wedge of cheese is dropped 100 feet at 10 p.m. There will also be free live music, cheese wedges and a s'mores bar.