Celebrate Small-Town Holidays in 5 Area Communities

By Maura Keller

The state’s small towns offer the best and brightest holiday experiences.

Festive Fox Cities

Wisconsin’s Fox Cities area is home to 19 unique communities that offer some of the most memorable holiday experiences in the area. On Nov. 21, downtown Appleton will host the Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade, the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. This year’s theme, “The Music and Magic of Christmas,” will boast over 100 decorated floats, marching bands, vehicles and groups.

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Jingle All the Way to Janesville

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.

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Fort Atkinson’s Favorites

There’s something special about celebrating the holidays away from the hustle and bustle of big cities and embracing the small-town charm of destinations that are small in size, but big in experiences. That’s exactly what you will find in Fort Atkinson.

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Holiday Happenings in Beloit

When you visit Beloit, the spirit of the season permeates the community and its businesses. Starting the first Saturday in November and occurring each Saturday through April, the Winter Crafter and Farmers’ Market offers handmade items and fresh foods.

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Small-Town Charm in Stoughton

Stoughton is delightful any time of year, but during the holidays, it’s a special place to be. Starting on Nov. 24 at dusk, experience the Rotary Park holiday lights display (which runs through Jan. 1). The weekend of Nov. 24-26 is also Shop Small Weekend, so be sure to visit Stoughton’s independently-owned shops to find all of your holiday gifts.

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