Posted on Thursday December 1, 2022 by Vanessa Lenz

Your Complete Guide to East Troy Lights

Control the lights.
Watch the show.
Make the magic!

This Saturday, East Troy will bring back East Troy Lights – a spectacular, interactive holiday light show!

Watch as the entire downtown East Troy Square sparkles in the night in sync with your favorite holiday songs. Or take control of the lights yourself and create your own holiday magic!

The imaginative light display experience will kick off Dec. 3, when Santa comes to town via the 114-year-old East Troy Electric Railroad Santa Parade Train to light the Bob Barutha Memorial Christmas Tree. 

Lights will continue with daily shows on the hour at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.  through Dec. 31. Walk through the lights or see the show from your car by tuning into 90.9 FM.

The foundation of the project is collaboration with the East Troy Community School District (from 4K to 12), our businesses, attractions and residents coming together to make it happen. From East Troy Middle School students coding light shows to all of our downtown storefronts decking the halls, their efforts have been remarkable!

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See the Santa Parade Train

The East Troy Electric Railroad's Santa Parade Train will make its annual journey into downtown East Troy on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The beautifully lit four-car train will travel down the century-old interurban trolley line between Mukwonago and East Troy.

The original East Troy Christmas Parade train, started by the East Troy Jaycees and the railroad in 1972, was a historic reproduction of the Schuster’s Christmas Parade in Milwaukee. The Schuster’s Department store chain sponsored the parade, established in 1928, to kick off the Christmas shopping season. It disappeared in 1955 with the demise of the Milwaukee Electric Lines interurban and streetcar system.

Spectators can catch a glimpse of Santa along County Road ES. The train will slow briefly at the following crossings*:

• 5:06 p.m., train departs at The Elegant Farmer

• 5:25 p.m., N. Army Lake Road – Army Lake Camp

• 5:42 p.m., Army Lake Camp

• 5:56 p.m., St. Peter’s Road

• 6:13 p.m., Byrnes Street

• 6:25 p.m., Division Street

• 6:30 p.m., Santa arrives at East Troy Village Square Park via East Troy Fire Department truck to light the Bob Barutha Memorial Christmas Tree & debut of East Troy Lights

*The railroad will have flaggers and crowd control at all the road crossings.

See Santa on the Square

In anticipation of Santa’s arrival, festivities will begin at East Troy Village Square Park at 5:30 p.m., including:

• Santa arrives at East Troy Village Square Park via East Troy Fire Department truck to light the Bob Barutha Memorial Christmas Tree at about 6:30 p.m. followed by debut of East Troy Lights

• East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce beverage & activity tent featuring East Troy Brewery beer & more

• Winter activities, including s’mores station and DIY Photo Station

• Performances by East Troy High School Cheer & Dance Team along with Titan Cheer and Factory Stars Cheer and Infinity Dance at 6 p.m.

• Christmas carol sing-along led by East Troy High School Choir members

• Santa's Workshop inside Ivan's Backstage, 2093 Division St. featuring Dicken’s Christmas Carolers

• Movie & Refreshments at East Troy Historical Society, 2106 Church St.

•2894 on Main, 2894 Main St., will be celebrating Santa's arrival with a menu of cocoa, coffee, tea, mulled wine, hot apple cider and more from 5 to 8 p.m.

• Cub Scouts Pack 92 will sell To Go chili, chili dogs and baked goods

• Bake Sale and Hot Cocoa from 4 to 8 p.m. at Realty Executives, 2887 Main St.

• Following the tree lighting, see Santa from the bandstand at East Troy Village Square Park

• East Troy Women's Club will be selling cookies and bakery under the East Troy House awning beginning at 4:40 p.m.

Powered in Partnership with
East Troy Lights, East Troy Elementary PTO and the East Troy Community School District.


Warm Up at 2894 on Main

 2894 on Main, 2894 Main St., will be celebrating Santa's arrival with hot chocolate, cookies, mulled wine and more from 5 to 8 pm. For more information, visit


Hear the Dicken's Carolers & Visit Santa's Workshop at
Ivan's Backstage



Dicken’s Christmas Carolers will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Ivan's Backstage, 2093 Division St., East Troy.

The Dicken's Carolers have become a holiday tradition bringing out the true spirit of music with the sounds of your favorite carols from traditional to contemporary songs: White Christmas, Jingle Bells and O’Christmas Tree.

Visit Santa's Workshop to make holiday crafts and cookies or buy a wand to control the lights!

Get a Sweet Treat!

Sauced Pizzeria, 2886 Main St., will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. 

The locally sourced, seasonally inspired, 100% wood fired pizzeria is also featuring new flavors of its house-made gelato with all organic ingredients.

The Neapolitan style pizzeria serves up mouth-watering combinations like a Margherita with fresh mozzarella & basil, the crowd-pleasing Prosciutto Verde with arugula, as well as Carne featuring Prosciutto di Parma, House Fennel Sausage and Soppressa (salami) and more.

Visit for more information.

Cheers! Warm up at
East Troy Brewery

East Troy Brewery, 2905 Main St. will be open from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Warm up with some Christmas tunes, a drink and some Hill Valley Dairy Cheese Curds!

A must-stop for foodies and beer lovers alike, East Troy Brewery has created a unique, seasonally-evolving menu with tasty options for the whole family where every dish is paired with its house-brewed beers.

For more information, visit




Check out the local food dine in and carry-out options on the square:

Food Menu

Food Menu


Sauced A Pizzeria


Watch a Movie at 
Historical Society Museum

The East Troy Area Historical Society Museum, 2106 Church St., will be open on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. during the opening of East Troy Lights and Santa's arrival.

Enjoy refreshments and watch a movie. Museum entry is free.

Where to grab drinks:

Drink Menu

Drink Menu

Sauced A Pizzeria

2894 on Main

Al Smith's Saloon

Sammy's Place



Drink Menu

The Hive Taproom
(Located 1 mile west of East Troy Village Square)


Things to Do Before
& After Santa 


Pancakes with Santa 🎅🏼


    TThe Salvation Army - Army Lake Camp, N8725 Army Lake Rd., will host Break-fast with Santa from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. 
    Kids will have the oppor-tunity to meet Santa and take photos, decorate a cookie, and receive a small gift. 
    Adults (13+) are $9 at the door and $8 online, children (5-12) are $7 at the door and $6 online, and children 4 and younger are free. To register in advance, click here

Mountain Top Beer Fest ⛷


    Alpine Valley Resort, in collaboration with the East Troy Family and Community Resource Center, will host its 6th Annual Mountain Top Beer Fest from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Alpine Valley Resort, W2501 County Road D.

    The event will benefit the Holiday Help of East Troy Program, which supports local families in need during the holiday season.

     Enjoy a variety of beers from an array of breweries, hors d’oeuvres, live music, a complimentary raffle ticket for bucket raffles and more. Attendees will get a tasting glass to take home.
     Tickets are $45 per per-son in advance, $50 at the door. 

You may purchase tickets online,, or by phone (800) 227-9395. 

Matt Meyer Duo at The Hive 🐝

The Hive Taproom, W2463 County Road ES, will host Matt Meyer Duo from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. 

The Hive Taproom is Wisconsin's only taproom serving its own session mead, brewed on site and made with its own honey. Different from traditional mead, The Hive's 14 taps of session mead are brewed like a beer, are naturally gluten-free and finish like a beer/cider: dry, carbonated and served cold. With a focus on locally-sourced ingredients from raw, local honey to Wisconsin hops to Door County cherries, the Hive's session mead is a true taste of Wisconsin. Click here for details.

Jingle Bell Rock 🎶


    The Venue, 2645 Main St., East Troy will host the 10th Annual Jingle Bell Rock on Saturday, Dec. 3 featuring live music and Dine with a Swine & BBQ Shack’s famous BBQ buffet. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $10 at the door. Raffle donations will go to Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin.

    For more information, click here.


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