Downtown Appleton One Great Place for the Holidays

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Downtown Appleton merchants, in partnership with Appleton Downtown, Incorporated (ADI), will usher in the gift-giving season with special “Downtown for the Holidays” activities, beginning Nov. 13 and continuing through Dec. 31.

Highlights include the following themed events:

Downtown Window Walk, Fri., Nov. 13, 6 to 9 p.m. – Kick off the season  by enjoying merchant window displays and refreshments; the music of holiday carolers and special offers and sales from Downtown retailers, restaurants and bars.  View and bid on the Festival of Trees decorated trees, wreaths and swags in participating businesses and at the Trout Museum of Art.

One Stop Elf Shop Kids Market, Saturdays, Nov. 21 through Dec. 19 – Part of the Indoor Winter Farm Market inside Center Plaza.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This special shop gives kids the opportunity to purchase reasonably priced gifts for their parents, siblings and friends with the help of an elf. Gift selections are marked in even dollar amounts with tax included, to make shopping easy for young children.

Santa Visits, Saturdays, Nov. 14 through Dec. 12 – Offered at Gabriel Furniture, 201 E. College Ave., from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy the freedom to visit and take your own photos!


The 45th annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade, Tues., Nov. 24 – Parade starts at 7:00 p.m. along College Avenue. This year’s theme is “A Night Of Family Traditions.”

Small Business Saturday, Sat., Nov. 28 –Support local small businesses and enjoy special offers and a chance to win two tickets from Appleton Airport nonstop to Tampa/St Pete, Florida on Allegiant! 

Holiday Fun Fest, Sat., Dec. 19 – Features Thrivent Financial’s “Avenue of Ice.” Special activities include: ice carving demonstrations and ice sculpture creations along College Avenue, the chance to see live reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides, refreshments, visits with Santa, music and more from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Houdini Plaza.

Additionally, a free Downtown for the Holiday Guide is now available for download on the ADI website at  Printed copies of the guide are also available for pick-up at Downtown businesses.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is One Great Place


The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s mission is to be a gathering place for the community. From the beginning, the Center has been a symbol of teamwork, passion and the community coming together to accomplish something great. Each year the Center’s Education Series welcomes an average of 23,000 students who learn and grow through the arts.


It also has welcomed well over 2 million ticketed patrons to enjoy the power of the live performing arts in addition to thousands of others who have come for various community events.

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As a non-profit arts and cultural education organization, the Center works to treat everyone in the community like a star and to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of life through the creation and presentation of the arts.

Please visit the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center website at for all upcoming events and to purchase tickets.


Crazy Sweet Thinks Downtown Appleton is One Great Place

LogoI grew up in the Fox Valley and have very fond memories of downtown Appleton, going shopping at Prange’s or watching movies at the Viking Theater. After graduation I moved away and for the next 25 years only came back for short visits. Four years ago I moved back for good and a year ago opened Crazy Sweet, a candy store on College Avenue with my wife – and we couldn’t be happier.

What we love about being downtown is the sense of community. The store owners treated us like family, welcoming us to the Avenue and wishing us success. They shop in our store and in turn, we love shopping at theirs. There is a sense of being one on the Avenue, a sense of belonging. We could have opened our candy store anywhere in the Fox Valley, but there is no where I wanted to be other than downtown Appleton.

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There so many people who come to downtown Appleton, whether it’s for the food, the unique shopping opportunities, or the myriad of amazing events that take place. The atmosphere is un-like anything I’ve seen in cities far larger. These are the things that for Mary and I make Downtown Appleton Once Great Place!

Dale and Mary
Crazy Sweet
201 W. College Ave

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is One Great Place

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Radisson Paper Valley Hotel has been a downtown anchor since 1982. With its many restaurants, lounges and conference rooms we serve timeless memories to guests from near and far.  Feel the connection again while dining in Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse or having a company business meeting in one of our boardrooms. Awarded Best Service Award from WI Meetings we use our Yes I Can philosophy as a mission to provide a memorable experience for permanent and temporary members of our community. Radisson Paper Valley’s purpose is to create an environment that brings the feeling of “home away from home” to all of our guests.

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