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APPLETON — Light Up Appleton 2022 kicks off the holiday season this coming Saturday, Nov. 19.

Head to Houdini Plaza in downtown Appleton between 3-7 p.m. to kick off the holiday season with live music and performances, a treat walk, window scavenger hunt, family friendly activities, food trucks and so much more all for free.

Their also will be an indoor farm market Saturday at the City Center Plaza from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. where you will find some of your favorite farm market vendors as well as other local craft vendors, kid vendors and more.


Enjoy live performances by local artists and performers on the Houdini Plaza stage! 

  • 3:00 p.m. – Appleton East Saxophone, Flute and Brass Ensembles 
  • 4:30 p.m. – Lilie Fouts 
  • 5:00 p.m. – Official Lighting Ceremony in Houdini Plaza 
  • 5:00 p.m. – Lawrence University Mariachi Ensemble 
  • 5:30 p.m. – Long Cheng Dance Academy 
  • 6:00 p.m. – Shutter Step Fusion 
  • 6:30 p.m. – Holiday Sing Along 


Also enjoy roaming performances by local school choirs up and down College Avenue!

  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Appleton West and Winneconne Choir Students
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Menasha and Hortonville Choir Students 


Enjoy additional performances throughout the evening! 

  • Performances by Rondini the Magician: 508 W. College Ave. at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Ice Carving Demonstration outside next to Copper Rock Coffee: 210 W. College Ave. 
  • Navah Mirage Fairies in Houdini Plaza


Stop by our sponsors for fun activities, treats and more in Houdini Plaza!

  • Festival Foods
  • Fleet Farm 
  • Fox Communities Credit Union
  • Renewal by Anderson
  • TDS Fiber 
  • Tundraland


Enjoy these free activities and attractions in Houdini Plaza!

  • Wagon and Train Rides 
  • Coloring and Letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus: Copper Rock Coffee, 210 W. College Ave. 
  • Snowman Carrot Toss Game 
  • DIY Gingerbread Cutouts 
  • Snow Tunnel 
  • Art Project with the Trout Museum of Art 
  • Sensory Table 


Visit the following businesses for a free treat while supplies last!

  • Bona Fide Juicery, 111 E. College Ave.
  • The Vintage Garden, 119 E. College Ave.
  • Eco Candle Co., 123 E. College Ave.
  • Blue Moon Emporium, 227 E. College Ave.
  • Mud and Prints, 311 E. College Ave.
  • Board & Brush Creative Studio, 109 N. Durkee St.
  • Doughlicious, 322 W. College Ave.
  • Calaveras Fine Fusions, 528 W. College Ave.
  • Float Light, 609 W. College Ave.
  • McFleshman’s Brewing Co., 115 S. State St.
  • D2 Sports Pub, 403 W. College Ave.
  • Crazy Sweet, 514 W. College
  • ACOCA, 500 W. College
  • Kiwanis, Houdini Plaza
  • Tundraland, Houdini Plaza
  • Fleet Farm, Houdini Plaza



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