MANITOWOC — Here's your look at can't-miss events in Manitowoc this week. For more events and live music schedules, go to https://www.visitmanitowoc.com/events/.
1. See reindeer at the Lakeshore Holiday Parade
Attend the 35th annual Lakeshore Holiday Parade for an event that’s bigger and better than years before!
The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Floats, marching bands, trucks and walkers will follow a route heading east at South 12th Street and Washington Street to South Eighth Street, then head north to Park Street.
This year there’s a theme, “Reindeer Games,” which means floats will be outfitted in unique decorations that play off the popular holiday phrase. Fittingly, there will be live reindeer in the lineup to help lead the parade!
Bring chairs and grab a spot anywhere along Washington Street east of 12th Street to Eighth Street and on Eighth Street from Washington to Park streets. There’s also a Sensory Sensitive Zone at the start of the route, Santa Reception at the Rahr-West Art Museum (610 N. Eighth St.) at the end of the parade, and free hot chocolate, reindeer cookies and reindeer antlers at Visit Manitowoc’s visitor center and outside the Manitowoc Public Library (707 Quay St.) on the corner of Eighth and Quay streets.
See all the details at visitmanitowoc.com/lhp.
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2. Party on Thanksgiving Eve
Don’t let the pre-Thanksgiving fun stop with the end of the parade, as many bars and venues in the area become social hotspots.
There will be a Thanksgiving Eve Bash Nov. 22 at The Venue, 208 N. Seventh St., with a free concert from Smoke Road at 8:30 p.m.
Check out more Thanksgiving Eve specials at www.visitmanitowoc.com/lhp.
3. Visit the Rahr-West Art Museum’s Christmas in the Mansion
Elves have been hard at work at the Rahr-West Art Museum outfitting the mansion in beautiful holiday decorations.
See their annual Christmas in the Mansion exhibit, complete with multiple themed trees decorated by volunteers, starting the night of the parade Nov. 22 through Jan. 7. To see more upcoming and current exhibits, go to https://www.manitowoc.org/rahrwestartmuseum.
4. Shop Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
Now’s the time to start holiday shopping with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals!
Several small businesses in Manitowoc will be running specials Nov. 24, 25 and/or 26.
On Black Friday, shop Waves Yoga Studio, Harbor Town Harley-Davidson and boutiques including Pink Petal Boutique, Intention Boutique, The Granary, Kindred, graced and Eden.
Enjoy extended hours at The Flower Gallery, storewide discounts at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s gift shop, special deals at Susan’s Second Style, and so much more.
Keep an eye on social media for the latest specials and hours at shops, restaurants, attractions and breweries across Manitowoc.
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5. Be a candy cane blacksmith
Try your hand at blacksmithing by making two twisted metal candy canes at Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Holiday Blacksmithing course.
Participants ages 16 and older will be able to learn up close how this old trade is performed.
There’s still space available at the 9-11:30 a.m. workshop on Nov. 26. Register now at https://www.manitowoccountyhistory.org/programs/holiday-blacksmith. If you go, remember to take heavy work gloves, eye protection and a water bottle.
Visit Manitowoc is the City of Manitowoc's Department of Tourism. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 920-686-3508 or go to Visit Manitowoc's downtown Visitor Center, 824 S. Eighth St., open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays (closed holidays). For more about upcoming events, follow @VisitManitowoc on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.
This article originally appeared on Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter: Manitowoc Lakeshore Holiday Parade starts at 6:30 p.m.: Route and more