All season long, there are fun opportunities to shop and dine in Janesville. One of the biggest events this holiday season is Janesville’s Jolly Jingle, taking place from Dec. 1 to 3, and includes more than 40 events. From a lighted parade to a holiday tree show to an ugly sweater 5K run, Jolly Jingle offers something for everyone and most events are free or low cost.
Saunter through the Jingle Bell Holiday Market and enjoy perusing gift ideas from local retailers as well as regional artists and craftspeople. A holiday fireworks show will dazzle spectators with bursts of holiday-themed red, green and gold that will illuminate Janesville’s Rock River. Visitors to the city’s downtown will also enjoy the historic charm of the many buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places.
While enjoying the holiday activities, stop by one of Janesville’s eateries, many of which have holiday specials and events throughout the season.
Looking to cap off a memorable night out? Stop by The Green Door, Janesville’s brand-new speakeasy, serving only mocktails. Delicious and creative sips are in abundance here with a nod to the Roaring Twen- ties, complete with secret passwords, Art Deco décor and a secret entrance.
Who says farmers’ markets are only for summertime? On the first and third Saturdays in November and December, as well as the first Saturdays every month from January to April, Janesville features its much-celebrated Winter Farmers’ Market indoors at Uptown Janesville (formerly Janesville Mall). Here, shoppers can find an array of baked goods, preserves, eggs, beef, honey and a variety of artisan treasures. The warm and welcoming experience celebrates the winter season and allows visitors to stock up on all of their favorite goodies.
LIGHT THE NIGHT
There is nothing quite like walking under a clear, starry winter sky on paths lit up by luminaries. Janesville’s Luminary Walk, held on Dec. 1, is part of the city’s Jolly Jingle and invites visitors to stroll down downtown streets illuminated with luminaries on their way to find festive holiday fun. Along the way, visitors can stop at nearly two dozen local boutiques and retailers (like 808 Cheesecake, below) as well as the Holiday Makers’ Market to find that perfect gift to put under the tree. You can also enjoy the luminaries while taking a ride on the charming downtown trolley, which will be offering free rides from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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