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There are so many places to explore in Downtown Waukesha, it’s hard to know where to start.
Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a bite (or a brew), shop, or hang out, our downtown district has what you’re looking for!

One-Year Remembrance: Waukesha Christmas Parade

Monday, November 21, 2022, 4:39 p.m.
Les Paul Performance Center at Cutler Park

The City of Waukesha will be holding a one-year remembrance ceremony for the Christmas Parade Tragedy.

The ceremony will be held at the Les Paul Performance Center in Cutler Park beginning at 4:39 p.m. We hope you will join us to honor the lives we lost, support those who are still suffering, and come together as a community.

The ceremony will include remarks from Mayor Shawn Reilly, Fire Chief Steve Howard, and Police Chief Dan Thompson. Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, the Mayor will be “turning the City blue” and asking everyone to again light their homes or businesses in blue lights as a show of unity and support for all the victims of last year’s tragedy.

At the ceremony, there will be limited quantities of free blue light bulbs available for those needing one. Healing Hearts of Southeast Wisconsin will also be on hand with staff and trained volunteers for anyone needing someone to talk to.

The City will be live-streaming the event on the City’s Facebook page (@CityofWaukesha) for those who are unable to attend the ceremony in person.

Rock out. Cozy up. Read more. Whatever your plans may be, Downtown Waukesha has everything you're looking for and more. Check out our recommendations for devoting your day to coffee and classics.

Coffee & Classics

It’s always a good time for some “you” time. Whether you’re looking to freshen your entire look or just hit the refresh button, Downtown Waukesha salons and spas are ready to be of service!

Pamper & Polish

Everyone knows that Downtown Waukesha is historic, charming, and awesome. But did you know that we’re also classy? Our downright delightful downtown is your destination for discovering passions, learning new skills, and turning talent into works of art.

Keep it Classy

When in Southeast Wisconsin, you'll find there's no better location to wine and dine than Downtown Waukesha! Our one-of-a-kind downtown district is home to many perfect-for-date-night restaurants & bars.

Wine & Dine

Looking for a place to begin your happily ever after? Charming Downtown Waukesha is a delightful destination to host your wedding!

Get Hitched

Our trendy district is home to an eclectic mix of attractions, from shops to art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and other unique boutiques. It shouldn't surprise anyone, then, to learn that it's also a destination where you can get the best brews and tattoos in the metro area.

Brews & Tattoos

Upcoming Events

Matilda the Musical- Waukesha Civic Theatre

  • 264 W Main Street
  • Adult: $30
    Senior (60+) / Military: $27
    Subscriber / Group (10+): $24
    Under 18: $21
    Educational Group (10+): $15

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical – Waukesha Civic Theatre Matilda, a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and...

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Waukesha Walk of Lights

  • Waukesha Riverwalk
  • FREE

This year the City of Waukesha is spreading holiday cheer with lights! Come down to the Riverwalk throughout...

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Christmas Parade- Downtown Waukesha

  • Downtown Waukesha Please come out and join the community for “Peace on Earth” the City of Waukesha’s 59th Annual...

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