We know, it’s a terrifying thing to say – see the pun there coming off of Halloween – but the holiday season is upon us!

Time to move on from carving pumpkins and get ready to start carving those turkeys. Don’t let it scare you though! If there is one incredible thing about the holiday season, it has to be the focus on family and gatherings. 

Opportunities to do group activities multiply as community holiday events start to pop up, and holiday tree lighting ceremonies are near and dear to our hearts at Milford. November is prime time to start seeing holiday lights go up; that breathtaking moment when they light the tree, or an entire park downtown, is thrilling for young and old alike. We found some of the most popular lighting ceremonies around town this upcoming holiday season and would love to hear about your experiences at them this year, and from years past!

Winterfest | November 18, 2022 | 6 – 8pm | Bayliss Park

Make a night out of Winterfest starting with the tree lighting ceremony at 6pm. The fun doesn’t stop there! Meet Santa Claus, visit the reindeer, and enjoy all the free activities from arts and crafts to face painting and MORE! Watch the live ice sculptor in action and take a moment to allow the Dickens Carolers to serenade you.

Shadow Lake Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade | November 23, 2022 | 6 – 7pm | Shadow Lake Towne Center

Holiday Lights Festival | November 24, 2022 | 6pm | Gene Leahy Mall

The lights at Gene Leahy Mall are back!!! Don’t miss one of the most popular lighting ceremonies in town, followed by the Making Spirits Bright Concert – 7pm at the Holland Center 

Christmas at Union Station (Durham) | November 24, 2022 | 7pm | Virtual – tune into The Durham’s website, Facebook page, or YouTube channel

The lighting ceremony at The Durham is virtual, but enjoy the tree and all its trimmings through January 08, 2023 during the museum’s regular business hours!

Aksarben Village Tree Lighting | November 25, 2022 | 6 – 8pm | Stinson Park

Winter Wonderland | November 26, 2022 | Downtown Papillion

La Vista Tree Lighting Celebration & Soup Supper | November 28, 2022 | 5:45 – 7:30 pm | City Hall Campus

Santa arrives at 6pm to kick off the tree lighting ceremony, plus enjoy a free soup supper and entertainment from Ho Ho Elvis in the Community Center gymnasium.