Lightin’ up downtown Kenosha and city tree lighting

The city of Kenosha kicks off the holiday season on Friday, November 23rd, 2012.  Enjoy magical lights and holiday cheer as downtown shops stay open late with family-friendly activities, special holiday entertainment, and fabulous gifts you won’t find at those other Black Friday sales.

Event Schedule

4 to 5 pm – Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue.  Join Mayor Keith Bosman and Santa Claus in a holiday celebration featuring music by Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, and the jazz band, Synergy.  Two lucky children will be selected to join Santa and the mayor to light the outdoor tree.

5 to 9 pm – Visit Santa on the Streetcar.  Board the Kenosha streetcar, decked in holiday style, for pictures with Santa.  Be sure to bring your wish list and your own camera.  Rides are FREE from 5 to 9 pm.  Streetcar stops are on 54th and 56th Streets in downtown.

5 to 9 pm – Lightin’ Up Downtown.  Watch downtown lightin’ up.  Activities, carolers, entertainment, promotions, and specials are the bright side of this Black Friday.

Some of the stores and specials they’re offering are:

A Summers Garden Florist, 5617 Sixth Avenue.  In-store specials, plus kids can make a FREE beaded Christmas ornament.

Alpaca Art, 5813 Sixth Avenue.  $3 and $7 ornaments.  No studio fee when painting these items.

Artworks, 5002 Seventh Avenue.  Opening reception of “The Button Show” exhibit and lauch of Left of the Lake magazine.

Boathouse Pub & Eatery, 4917 Seventh Avenue. LIVE music after 8 pm.

Char’s Cafe’, 5537 Sixth Avenue.  Coffee, tea, eggnog and hot apple cider specials until 7 pm.

Down the Rabbit Home, 715 – 57th Street.  Chocolate and Chai tasting, $2.

Frank’s Diner, 508 – 58th Street.  Free cookie decorating and $5 hot totties for adults.

Heim’s Downtown Toy Store, 5819 Sixth Avenue.  Free traditional German chocolate Advent calendar for the first 50 kiddos.

Linnea Bakery, 512 – 56th Street.  Free cookie frosting (one per child).

NovelTea Bookstore, 5700 Sixth Avenue.  Half-price books and gourmet teas, tea tasting, and gift basket drawings.

Scoops Ice Cream, 5819 Sixth Avenue.  Mrs. Claus will be helping with “Letters to Santa!”  Free mini candy canes for everyone who visits.

Trolley Dogs, 5501 Sixth Avenue.  Buy two hot dogs and get one free.

This event is sponsored by the city of Kenosha and the Kenosha Lakeshore Business Improvement District (BID).  Check out the website at:


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