Here’s your guide to everything Holiday in Green Bay this December! There are plenty of options, so review the guide, see which ones work best for your family and get ready to celebrate the Christmas season & make memories together!!
1) Green Bay Botanical Garden Garden of Lights
The Green Bay Botanical Garden offers the area’s most beautiful light display! Walk the trail or ride on a horse-drawn wagon to enjoy a over 300,000 twinkling lights!! Warm yourself outside by the fire while you wait for your ride or after your walk. Get your dates and time tickets in advance online here. Tickets are also sold at the door the day of the event, but they may not be available due to limited capacity, so it’s best to buy in advance. Ticket prices vary based on peak nights vs. value nights and depending on whether you choose a walking tour or wagon ride; see details below.
Thursday thru Sunday through Dec 23 & Dec 26-30 from 4:30-9PM (last entry at 8:30).
Value Nights: Ages 13+: $12 walking or $17 wagon ride; Child (3-12): $5 walking or $10 wagon ride; 2 & under: Free
Value nights are: November 25 & 26 and December 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30
Peak Nights: Ages 13+: $15 walking or $20 wagon ride; Child (3-12): $8 walking or $13 wagon ride; 2 & under: Free
Peak nights are: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, & 23
*Note: $3-$5 service fee may apply per order.
2) Holiday Classic Movies
Bring the whole family to Bay Park Cinema or Green Bay East Cinema to see classic holiday films back on the big screen throughout the month of December! Classic movies include The Polar Express, The Grinch (with Jim Carey), The Grinch (animated from Illumination) A Christmas Story, Elf, Christmas Vacation, White Christmas & Love Actually. The best part is, tickets are just $5! Start a new holiday tradition with Marcus Theatres!
Through Dec 15: check Marcus website here for specific showtimes.
Cost: $5 per person
3) Festival of Trees
Visit the National Railroad Museum anytime until Jan 3rd to see their display of more than 40 beautifully decorated trees housed among the majestic trains. Plus, enjoy discounted admission during this special event of only $9 per person!
Daily through Dec 31: Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM & Sun 11AM-5PM. (Event closes early on Polar Express event dates.)
Cost: $9 per person
NOTE: Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day & closes at 2PM on New Year’s Eve.
4) Holiday Memories, Bruce the Spruce & Children Only Shop
Celebrate the holiday season with the Neville Museum! Explore the Holiday Memories Exhibit and see the animated figures that once adorned the H.C. Prange’s department store windows including the Enchanted Forest, the Snow Babies and charming forest animal collections. There is also Bruce the Spruce, the lovable talking Christmas tree who once chatted with holiday shoppers at Prange’s. “Holiday Memories” is a wonderful family tradition for all to enjoy! On select dates you can talk to Bruce the Spruce–check the Calendar for when we wake him up & for when the Children Only Shop is open.
Holiday Memories Exhibit through Jan 8: Tue 12-8PM, Wed-Sat 9AM-5PM & Sun 12-5PM
Cost: $9 adults 16+, $6 kids 3-15, kids 2 & under FREE
NOTE: Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
5) Winter Jubilee Light Show
The magic of the holiday season is on display during the Winter Jubilee Light Show. Enjoy a dazzling blend of holiday-themed lights, music and special effects including animation, lasers and fireworks. The Winter Jubilee Light Show is projected onto Lambeau Field’s west façade. The best views are from Titletown’s Plaza near Ridge Road (looking toward Lambeau Field) or Lots 5 and 6 at Lambeau Field. Plan a visit before the final show on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The Winter Jubilee Light Show plays every half hour from 6 to 9 p.m. (on the hour + half hour) and runs for seven minutes.
Dec 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 & 28: 6-9PM
6) Christmas with the Chorale @ Nativity Church
Enjoy the beauty and majesty of sacred Christmas favorites sang by the Dudley Birder Chorale of St Norbert College at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church.
Dec 3 at 1 & 7PM
7) Holiday Fest @ NEW Zoo
Get into the holiday spirit at the NEW Zoo!
Join the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park for a day of holly-jolly family-friendly fun with Santa and his merry band of mischievous monkey elves! This event is free with regular zoo admission & free to zoo pass members.
Throughout the day, guests can play our holiday BINGO game and find the Monkey Elves hiding all around the Zoo. Kids should claim a prize for playing at the Prize Table near the zoo’s Visitor Center before leaving! Guests can also find Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Mayan Restaurant from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Drop off your letters to Santa or tell him your wish list in person – either way, he ho-ho-hopes you’ll sit with him for a photo!
Several other wintery, holiday-themed activities, such as games and crafts, will be available throughout the event. A few special animal friends will also make appearances, so be sure to stop by the Education & Conservation Center building to see which critters are out and about! As an extra sweet treat, all kids will receive a bag of candy on arrival while supplies last.
Dec 3 from 9AM-2PM
Cost: Included with Zoo Admission $11 (adults 16-61), $8 (kids 3-15 & seniors 62+)
8) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical @ SNC Webb Theatre
Presented by Evergreen Theatre. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. So, when they crash Sunday School and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Soon everyone is calling for first-time director Grace to fire the Herdmans. This is a buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic performed at St Norbert College’s Webb Theatre.
Dec 3 & 4 at 1PM & 4:30PM
Cost: $10 each
9) De Pere Holly Day
The streets and businesses of downtown De Pere will be filled with holiday cheer and magic at De Pere Holly Day! Visit with Santa, share your holiday wishes and take a photo to capture the memories at The Vault. Enjoy the festive window displays, embark on a “Find the Frosty” scavenger hunt (pick up an event brochure at 117 N Wisconsin St). Write your lettter to Santa and mail your letter at the North Pole mailbox at 117 N Wisconsin & 112 N Broadway. And take part in specials and promotions from a variety of downtown businesses.
Dec 3 from 12-4PM
10) Festival of Lights @ Lambeau
Dec 3 from 5-7PM
11) Community Nights @ Titletown
Dec 5 & 12 from 4-8PM
Cost: $3 skating admission, $1 skate rentals, $3 unlimited tubing pass
12) Reindeer Cheer @ Weyers-Hilliard Library
Dec 8 from 4-7PM
Cost: FREE ($20 for digital photos)
13) A Fort Howard Christmas @ Heritage Hill
Join us for a special holiday evening at Heritage Hill as we celebrate a Fort Howard Christmas! Interact with costumed
interpreters, enjoy festive music and warm yourself by a fire. Stroll through a lantern-lit park and visit with our Old World Santa. Food and beverage from Spork available for purchase & many holiday photo opps. This event is “snow or shine”.
Dec 9 & 10 from 5-9PM
Cost: Adults $12, kids 6-17 $8, kids 5 & under FREE
14) A Christmas Story @ SNC Webb Theatre
Presented by Evergreen Theatre. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s tempermental exploding furnace, the school bully, the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lampost and so much more!
Dec 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 at 7PM, Dec 11 & 18 at 2PM
Cost: $18.25 or $21 each
15) Holiday Pops @ Weidner Center
The Dudley Birder Chorale of SNC presents Holiday Pops at the Weidner Center! Featuring Birder Studio of Performing Arts and Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization.
Dec 9 at 7:30pM & Dec 10 at 2PM
Cost: $8-$53 each
16) Breakfast with Santa @ Mackinaws
Guests can enjoy live reindeer, our Queen Elsa, Gingerbread Decorating, elf shenanigans, a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and meeting the most popular man in red–SANTA! Bring your cameras! We’ll have volunteers happy to assist with taking your family photo. After you mix and mingle with Santa, guests are invited to enjoy a tasty cup of hot cocoa with a fun topping buffet and write your letters to Santa! Pre-registration required and there are limited spots.
Dec 10 at 7:30AM & 8:3AM
Cost: $25 per person
17) Christmas through the Decades @ Hazelwood Historic House
Enjoy an Ethnic Christmas at Hazelwood Historic House. Discover the similar and different customs that many cultures have during the holidays. Journey through Hazelwood and see it all decked out for the festivities with rooms decorated by several local ethnic groups. Hear traditional stories, listen to songs, and meet a few Ethnic figures. Enjoy a cup of cider and sample holiday treats made with traditional ethnic recipes. Try your hand at creating an ethnically inspired craft.
Dec 10, 11, 17 & 18 from 12-5PM
Cost: Adults $6 each, kids 5-17 $4 each
18) Breakfast with Santa @ Beja Shrine Center
A great family-friendly and fun event. To guarantee your spot consider making a reservation by calling 920-498-1985. Reservations are not required but are suggested.
Dec 11 from 8:30-11AM
19) Community Christmas @ Spring Lake Church*
Dec 11 from 5-7PM
20) Holiday Concert with Allouez Village Band @ Weidner Center*
Dec 12 at 7PM
21) Christmas Concerts @ Cup O Joy*
Virtual Pentatonix Show: Dec 13 at 6:30PM; FREE
Sweet Acoustics Christmas Show: Dec 16 at 7:30PM; FREE/Donation
A Cloverton Christmas: Dec 17 at 7PM; FREE/Donation
A Rocke Brothers Quartet Christmas: Dec 23 at 7:30PM; FREE/Donation
22) December Playdate w/Mrs Claus @ Bay Park Square Play Area
Dec 14 10:30AM-12PM
23) Living Nativity @ Our Saviour Lutheran Church
Enjoy the unique experience of seeing a LIVE nativity! The church yard will be alive with Shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph, livestock and the Christ child. There will be repeated performances at 5:30, 6 & 6:30. There will also be a soup supper from 5-7 with freewill offerings accepted as well as donations of non-perishable food items for Manna of Life. Find the location here.
Dec 14 performances at 5:30, 6 & 6:30PM
24) Christmas with the Knights
Christmas with the Knights delights with great performances certain to put you in the Christmas spirit! The energetic Knights on Broadway bring joy, sincerity and tenderness to new and upbeat versions of holiday favorites. See them perform at St Norbert’s Walter Theatre or at the Ashwaubenon PAC.
Dec 15 & 16 at 7PM, Dec 17 & 18 at 1PM at SNC Walter Theatre ($9 or $24 each)
Dec 20 at 7PM at Ashwaubenon PAC (tickets start at $25 each)
25) Gingerbread Jamboree @ Children’s Museum
Run, run as fast as you can–you can’t catch him, he’s the gingerbread man! This action-packed hour will feature the gingerbread man and his baker. With family interaction, special story reading and decorating your own gingerbread creation. Pre-registration required & includes museum admission.
Dec 17 at 9AM
Cost: $8 each (includes Museum admission for day)
26) Santa Flies to Green Bay @ Austin Straubel Airport*
Dec 18 at 10:30AM-12PM
Cost: FREE with donation item for St John’s Homeless Shelter
27) Drive-thru Light Shows outside of Green Bay area
There are drive-thru light shows just a short drive from Green Bay, so we’re including those, too. Here’s the quick overview:
Celebration of Lights at Menominee Park in Oshkosh daily through Dec 31 from 5:30-9PM
Cost: $20 per car ($5 off with sealed hygiene item or non-perishable food donation) (FREE nights on: Dec 6, 13, 16, 20, 25 & 28)
Lights in Lincoln Park at Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc through Dec 29 from 5-8PM (Thur-Sat until Dec 10, then daily Dec 15-29 with a Family Fun Walk on Dec 30)
Cost: $5 per car ($5 per adult or $10 per family for Family Fun Walk)
28) Charlie Brown & Rudolph Radio Plays @ Comedy City*
Dec 21 from 7-9PM
Cost: $10 each
29) Harlem Globetrotters @ Resch Center
The Harlem Globetrotters may not seem like a holiday event, but they come to Green Bay every December, so it seems like a holiday tradition and can also be a great family gift. Enjoy a great night of basketball and family entertainment with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters! Doors open at 6PM.
Dec 29 at 7PM
Cost: tickets start at $27 each
30) Kids Rockin’ Eve @ Children’s Museum
Tucker the kids out way before the last few minutes of 2022 at Kids Rockin’ Eve! This event is free with paid admission and has countdowns on the hour at 11AM, 12PM and 1PM. This is a special event and admit-one passes are not redeemable. Due to museum restrictions, capacity limits may apply.
Dec 31 from 10AM-1PM
Cost: $8 each (includes Museum admission for day)
31) Titletown New Year’s Eve @ Titletown Park
This special event will feature extended tubing and skating hours, themed ice sculptures, live entertainment, an indoor pop-up bar and a midnight countdown with fireworks to welcome the dawn of 2023! The event is free except for skating and tubing admission or food purchases. Fire pits and heating lamps will be placed throughout the park to keep visitors warm while outdoors. Extended tubing and skating hours will take place from 10 a.m. to midnight and guests are reminded to fill out their waivers online in advance. Those planning to skate or tube should visit titletown.com/events/recreation/know-before-you-snow and fill out your waiver here: titletown.com/waivers. A midnight countdown will be projected onto the side of Lambeau Field, with an additional “early-bird” countdown at 9PM, with fireworks following both countdowns. Free New Year’s favors will also be provided. Food and beverage will be available for purchase throughout the event. Community members can also enjoy the countdowns and fireworks from their vehicles in Lambeau Field Lots 5 and 6. Live outdoor musical entertainment will be hosted by WIXX, with performances by DJ Hish from 6 to 9 p.m. and Grand Union from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with breaks in the music for each New Year’s countdown. Ice sculptures will also be situated throughout Titletown, with a special scavenger hunt activity to encourage guests to find all the pieces. Twenty-Three Champagne Bar, an indoor pop-up bar and warming space will also be open for the event with music by DJ Zarren, a dance floor and an LED bar for attendees to warm up. REMINDER: Titletown is CASHLESS.
Dec 31 from 10AM-1AM
Cost: FREE (except for skating/tubing admission & food purchases)
NOTE: All information is as accurate as possible as of the first publish date on 12/3/22 & tickets are currently still available for listed events. Tickets may be sold out at any time after publish date. If you find any information to be incorrect or know of any events that are not listed but should be, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. New events added after initial publication will be indicated with an *.