You're invited to enjoy Downtown For The Holidays! Not just a one-day event, but a destination for holiday fun all season long!
Stroll the Avenue and shop the 60 + unique shops or enjoy the 70+ pubs, clubs & restaurants! Enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience in Downtown Appleton Nov. 14- Dec. 31, 2014.
Download a Downtown For The Holidays Guide listing all the activities & events now or pick up a copy in many participating businesses!
Date Night Downtown, Friday, Nov. 14: Kick off the season with your special someone by enjoying the window displays, carolers, special offers & sales, and of course refreshments! Download the special offers here!
One Stop Elf Shop Kids Market: This new seasonal shop inside City Center gives kids the opportunity to shop for gifts for their parents, siblings and friends with the help of an elf! (All products are priced in even dollar increments with tax included to make it eay for the young shoppers.) Open every Saturday Nov. 15-Dec. 20, 10am-2pm.
Visits & Photos with Santa at Gabriel Furniture every Saturday Nov. 15-Dec. 13, noon-3pm.
Be sure to vote for your favorite window display on the Appleton Downtown Facebook page Nov. 17-26! See if you agree with the judges. Thank you to our Window Display Sponsor, Rasmussen College.
Download a list of the businesses participating in the window display contestnow.
Family Day Downtown, Saturday, Nov. 22: Enjoy the window displays, carolers, special offers, refreshments, and visits & photos with Santa 11am-3pm at Gabriel's Furniture! Experience the Indoor Farm Market inside City Center and enjoy special story times or decorate a cookie with Mrs. Claus 10am-noon! Make it a tradition and a special way to spread the joy of the Holidays.
The 44th. Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade will march down College Avenue on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:30pm featuring floats highlighting "The Avenue of Lights"! It will be preceded at 6:03pm by the Santa Scamper and Thrivent Cans Hunger Food Collection to benefit St. Joseph Food Program.
Immediately following the Parade, the Annual City of Appleton Christmas Tree Lighting Cermeony will take place in City Park at approximately 7:45 p.m. The event will include members of the Appleton East choirs singing Christmas carols, live animals, and Santa & Mrs. Claus handing out candy canes to the children.
Small Business Saturday on November 29, 2014: This is your opportunity to support small businesses in your community. These are the same businesses that answer your questions and provide help with your shopping while supporting many charitable events throughout the year. Celebrate with them and enjoy special offers & refreshments!
Plus Shop Small and Win Big when you pick up a Passport and have it stamped at businesses as you enjoy shopping in the unique clothing boutiques, great gourmet coffee shops, a huge variety of places to eat and fun entertainment options. Lots of special offers, refreshments and the opportunity to win gift certificates! Shop Appleton First and feel good about buying local and supporting Independent Businesses. Relax! You're Downtown!
Remember Downtown Appleton is the place to shop for all your gift-giving needs throughout the holiday season and the year! Every dollar you spend at a locally owned small business returns approximately 68 cents to the community versus a dollar spent at a national chain which only results in 43 cents remaining here.
Holiday Fun Fest Saturday, Dec. 20: Enjoy a brand new event featuring Thrivent Financial's Avenue of Ice. Enjoy ice carving demonstrations, live reindeer, horse drawn wagon rides, refreshments, visits with Santa and more in Houdini Plaza 10:30am-2:30pm. Plus Live Window Displays noon-3pm and Ice sculptures along the Avenue!
Don't forget that Downtown Appleton is home to more than 70 pubs, clubs and restaurants. One of them is sure to be perfect for your holiday celebration...large or small!
If after all that shopping, you still can't decide on a gift, choose a Downtown Appleton Gift Certificate good at over 150 businesses with a 5 year expiration date!