Various entities in Kenosha have come together to present Merry & Bright – a collection of holiday events and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy all season long. An online holiday hub has been created with details on holiday events and how to Shop Local, Dine Local, and Play Local! It’s all part of the “Shop Small” imitative to continue Small Business Saturday throughout the entire holiday season, and beyond. Bookmark this Merry & Bright website: VisitKenosha.com/Holidays and check back often for updates.

The holiday season officially gets started with the City of Kenosha Christmas Tree Lighting on the day after Thanksgiving. On November 26, the entertainment begins at 3:45 p.m. on the west side of the Kenosha Public Museum. Candy Eisenhauer and Ivy Ford will perform holiday music. At 4:30 p.m., City Council President David Bogdala and Santa Claus will lead the countdown to light the City of Kenosha Christmas Tree.

This is immediately followed by Lightin’ Up! Downtown on the same day, November 26. Various activities occur between 5 and 9 p.m. throughout Downtown Kenosha. Visit Santa Claus from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rhode Christmas Extravaganza (514 56th Street). Explore Downtown Kenosha. View all the decorated storefronts. Online, vote for your favorite window displays and enter to win a downtown prize package. Enjoy special deals and offers.

Sip on Hot Cocoa – the DayBreak Church Cocoa Stand will be on the northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 57th Street. Enjoy live music by MGV Harmonia German Men’s Chorus at DayBreak Church, 5631 6th Avenue. Grab a bite to eat. Write Letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus at Actor’s Craft, 4900 7th Avenue. Weather permitting, take a spin on the ice rink outside City Hall at Veterans Memorial Park (625 52nd Street), with free skate rentals available.

Enjoy FREE Electric Streetcar rides all day; hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Also enjoy FREE Lakefront Trolley rides; hours are 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a special event route that travels through Downtown Kenosha. All this and more happens on November 26. Many supportive sponsors make these activities possible.

Now through December, enjoy visits with Santa at the Kenosha History Center, gift focused editions of Kenosha Public Market and Kenosha Winter HarborMarket, International Holiday at the Kenosha Public Museum, Victorian Christmas at the Civil War Museum, a Holiday Cheer Crawl, Christmas at Kemper, and so much more. Find details on these events and many more at VisitKenosha.com/Holidays.

Also, don’t forget Small Business Saturday is November 27. Shop small in Kenosha! It’s the small, locally owned businesses that help distinguish Kenosha from other communities. Shopping at local businesses helps the local economy and these business owners support area school, community, and charity events. Let’s show them our support!

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