Five Tips for A Holly Jolly Ride on the Jingle Bus


Milwaukee Jingle Bus

The Milwaukee Jingle Bus – a Holiday Family Tradition

Why drive around winding back roads and towns in search of lights or wait in lines when you and your family can see gorgeous holiday lights right in downtown Milwaukee on the Jingle Bus?

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Jingle Bus presented by Meijer
November 22 – December 29
Thu – Sun | 6pm to 8:20pm
The Avenue – 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue

With chandeliers lining Wisconsin Avenue and three lighted parks, downtown Milwaukee is a whimsical winter wonderland. Hop on the Jingle Bus, presented by Meijer and powered by Coach USA, and take in downtown’s decorated scenes. For $2 per person, enjoy a 40-minute tour narrated by Milwaukee Downtown’s Public Service Ambassadors, complete with stories about landmarks and attractions along the way. Board the tour at the Jingle Bus Warming House at The Avenue, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. Arrive early, as tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis each night beginning at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy free treats while you wait and make sure to ask for the $3 parking voucher for the attached parking structure, sponsored by Interstate Parking.

*Please note: Jingle Bus rides will not operate on Thanksgiving. Tours will be free on Thursday, Nov. 21 and depart from Pere Marquette Park following the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kickoff Extravaganza.

milwaukee jingle bus

Want to make the most out of your experience? Here’s our Pro Tips:

Five Tips for A Holly Jolly Ride on the Milwaukee Jingle Bus

  1. Plan something to do while you wait in line…charades, easy card games, singing Christmas Carols. You can bring a travel craft or coloring kit or play “I Spy” to pass the time. You’ll be ready to board before you know it!
  2. Get in the holiday mood by adding a little flair to your Jingle Bus outfit. Fun hats, jewelry or even lights can brighten anyone’s spirits!
  3. Make sure that your littles are closer to the window than the bigs so they can easily see what the bus is passing. Younger kiddos may not “see” everything you’re pointing out and may like being on a bus more than the tour itself!
  4. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable both waiting in line and on the bus. Remember to add flair to all of your layers, per tip #2! Make sure to bring a backpack or bag to store all of the hats and mittens (or antlers and bells) so you don’t lose anything!
  5. It may be tempting, but turn the flash off of your phone or camera so the lights don’t reflect off the windows. If it’s raining or snowing, your pictures may not turn out the best either so it’s a perfect opportunity to live in the moment and make those memories.

PRO BONUS TIP: Make mental notes of your favorite sets of lights. Once your group reaches a consensus, grab your cocoa and cookies and walk or drive there for an up-close viewing and unrushed photos!

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Born, raised and raising in Milwaukee, Mandy runs on faith, Diet Coke and to-do lists. She and her Jersey boy of 13 years, Blake, are parents to the handsomest of handfuls (Cristian, 11). Armed with her Sicilian mother's sarcasm and Mexican father's temper, her Type A(-) personality is always trying to make the pieces of her puzzle fit. She is passionate about body positivity and special needs and hand-stamps jewelry to release her creativity (and aggression). Mandy could always use a margarita and a nap, and is constantly trying to figure out how to make the two happen simultaneously.


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