On Thursday, November 17, 2016 Milwaukee Downtown BID
#21 hosted Milwaukee’s Annual Holiday Lights Kick-Off Extravaganza
to light up downtown’s parks and streets for the 18th season
during its switch-flipping ceremony at Pere Marquette Park.
Performers in the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off
Extravaganza included: local variety band Platinum; USO-style
trio The Radio Rosies; Dance Academy of Mexico; professional
fire performers Brewcity Fire Brigade; local singer Jenny Thiel;
R&B soloists Robin Adkins and Carol Molex; Elation Dance
Center; Fred Astaire Dance Studio; and a fireworks spectacular.
Following the ceremony, free Jingle Bus rides sponsored by
Meijer operated from Pere Marquette Park to take guests past
all the newly lit scenes. After opening night, Jingle Bus rides
sponsored by Meijer will operate from 6 to 8:20 p.m., Thursdays
through Sundays, November 18 – December 30. Rides are $1 per
person and depart from The Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.