By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 09, 2021 at 4:31 PM

Christmas might be 260 days away, but it's not too early to get excited about the largest holiday festival Milwaukee has ever seen.

Noel Indoor Light Park & Christmas Market will take place during the month of December at the Wisconsin State Fair Park this Christmas season and will transform the State Fair's Expo Center into a winter wonderland. 

The new event will feature no fewer than one million sparkling lights, an immersive light tunnel, 50-foot Christmas tree, larger-than-life animals, festive food and drink, daily live entertainment and artisan gifts and stocking stuffers. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on-site as well.

“We can’t wait to share Noel Indoor Light Park & Christmas Market with Milwaukee,” says Jonathan Houweling, co-founder of Noel Christmas and Santa super fan. “Most importantly, families and friends will be safely and comfortably spread across more than 90,000 square feet of space."

Community support is at the heart of this event and it will provide jobs for over 150 locals as well as accept local vendor applications for the market. Go to noelmke.com for more information.

“After an unprecedented year, we want to support local businesses and workers. We hope that our employee and vendor hiring fair can positively support the Milwaukee community in this challenging and uncertain time,” notes Noel Christmas co-founder Stephen Verhoeff. 


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.