BY RACHEL FISCHER
There’s no better place to celebrate and kick-off the holiday season than in Downtown Racine! From shopping one-of-a-kind retail stores, to our spectacular galleries and delicious cuisine choices we know you’ll find something for everyone. We are thrilled to host a number of events this time of the year.
Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 9, 4:45 – 7 p.m.
Pre-parade festivities begin at 4:45 p.m. on Monument Square with live music, along with beer and hot cocoa from Racine Brewing. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. starting on the west side of the State Street bridge. It will continue down Main Street to 6th Street and travel west on 6th Street and end at City Hall. The parade will end at approximately 6:45 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony on Monument Square will follow the parade at 6:50 p.m., when the mayor and Santa will light the community tree and officially kick off the holiday season!
Downtown Ladies Night
Friday, Nov. 15, 4 – 8 p.m.
Mark your calendars for our first-ever Downtown Ladies Night! Bring your gal-pals, sisters, moms and anyone else downtown to shop, eat and stroll. Many downtown businesses will be hosting specials and fun activities. This will be a great night to get a kick-start on your holiday shopping as well! Admission is free but if you would like to be one of 100 lucky VIPs, tickets are available for $25 at downtownracineladiesnightout.eventbrite.com.
Downtown Racine Art Walk (DRAW)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 – 8 p.m.
Downtown Racine’s vibrant art community will be displayed during the Fall edition of the Downtown Racine Art Walk (DRAW) with a special Handmade for the Holidays theme.
Participating locations include: Art Metals Studio (332 Main Street), Photographic Design Gallery & Framing (411 Sixth Street), Varitay Studios (410 Main Street) Twice Baked Pottery, LLC (320 Main Street), Hot Shop Glass (239 Wisconsin Ave), Artists Gallery (401 Main Street), Racine Art Museum and Racine Art Museum Store (441 Main Street).
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 30, all day
With a vast array of unique galleries, boutique shops and family owned restaurants, Downtown Racine is filled with small business owners ready to welcome you into their establishments. With 26 shops and businesses that won 2019 Best of Racine awards, we know you will find something for everyone on your list.
Holiday Open House & Kris Kringle Tour
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 – 5 p.m.
Experience the holiday magic of Downtown Racine during the annual Holiday Open House and Kris Kringle Tour. Throughout the day, enjoy the cheerful sounds of your favorite holiday carols from local singing groups. Celebrate Racine’s legacy as the kringle capital of the world by taking part in our Kris Kringle Tour. While you’re strolling through downtown, don’t forget to vote in our Holiday Window Decorating Competition.
For more information about our events, follow us on Facebook @racinedowntown or visit racinedowntown.com.
Rachel Fischer is the event planner and public relations manager at the Downtown Racine Corporation.