18th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival — through Jan. 1

Downtown Milwaukee beams brightly through Jan. 1 as more than 500,000 lights and dozens of animated displays are set aglow for the 18th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. The display of lights features installations in three parks — Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park and Zeidler Union Square — as well as street decorations along three downtown thoroughfares, including an 18-block stretch along Wisconsin Ave. Also, families can view all the decorated sights on a 40-minute narrated tour aboard the Jingle Bus. 414-220-4700 or milwaukeeholidaylights.com