APPLETON - Tuesday night, thousands of residents in Appleton lined the streets and braved the outdoor elements. They were anxious to take in the 42nd Annual Christmas Parade, kicking off the holiday season.
Many who come out to Appleton's Downtown Christmas Parade are veterans, but others have missed out on 41 years of fun.
"Every other year we've tried to come here it's been too cold or rainy," said Kris Wisniewski.
But the mild weather prompted many to make up for lost time.
"We are here because it's a beautiful evening, finally, tonight for a Christmas parade," said Kim Spielbauer.
This year's fun, festivities, and floats did not disappoint.
"It's crazy. People told us it would be crazy and it's crazy, but it's a good crazy. Everyone's in a festive mood," said Sarah Berken.
The theme of this year's parade was "The Music and Lights of Christmas."
So some spectators told us and even sang us their favorite holiday tunes, but while the music is magical, the parade is truly a feast for the eyes.
And for many the best float of all contains one essential character... Santa! After 42 years, the jolly old elf never disappoints.
This year's parade also recognized the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center's 10th anniversary as the route on College Avenue goes right past the PAC.
After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home. A model of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru is being packed up in Manitowoc and returned to Japan.
Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
Area volunteers are making a difference in the community this holiday season. At this time of the year, many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army is one of the many places where you can do just that.
For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.