Event calender

Holiday Highlights

The Pfister Afternoon Tea
Fri – Sun, Now thru April 1 | Seating times: 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm & 2pm
The Pfister Hotel – Blu
414.935.5950 | thepfisterhotel.com
Enjoy a tableside tea blending, presented in all-silver service by a Pfister Tea Butler. The afternoon is complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries. Reservations required.

A Grand Avenue Christmas Gala Preview
Thu, November 16 | 6pm to 7:30pm
Pabst Mansion
414.931.0808 | pabstmansion.com
A special preview night everyone looks forward to each year! Enjoy a special evening at the Pabst Mansion with delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne while listening to traditional Christmas music. Get into a great holiday mood and celebrate at the Pabst Mansion!

104th Annual City Christmas Tree Lighting
Thu, November 16 | 5:15pm
City Hall – Corner of Wells & Water
414.286.3261 | city.milwaukee.gov
Join Mayor Tom Barrett for this timeless tradition. Hear music from local choirs, ensembles and theater groups beginning at 5pm, then participate in the 5:29pm countdown.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza
Thu, November 16 | 6pm
Pere Marquette Park
414.220.4700 | milwaukeeholidaylights.com
Music, dancing, extreme stunts, Santa and a thrilling fireworks display combine for the brightest night of the year. Best of all, it’s free – right down to the cocoa and Jingle Bus rides presented by Meijer. Come early for pre-show entertainment at 5:30pm.

A Grand Avenue Christmas
November 17 – January 8
Pabst Mansion
414.931.0808 | pabstmansion.com
One of Milwaukee’s grandest holiday traditions! Generations of families have come to the Mansion to bask in the splendor of the holiday decorations and the splendor of the house itself! Nothing compares to visiting Milwaukee’s Mansion at the holidays. Three floors are open to the public and every child 16 and younger is invited to visit the Mansion for free, sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

Jingle Bus Rides
Presented by Meijer
Thu – Sun, November 17 – December 30 | 6pm to 8:20pm
The Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court
414.220.4700 | milwaukeeholidaylights.com
Marvel at downtown’s spectacular sights aboard the convenient Jingle Bus. For $2 per person, visitors can relish in the holiday spirit while admiring a festive panorama. The 40-minute tour is narrated by Milwaukee Downtown’s Public Service Ambassadors who will acquaint riders with key attractions and landmarks. Discounted parking is available at The Shops of Grand Avenue for $3 with a voucher.

Santa’s Mailbox
Presented by Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc.
November 17 – December 10
Cathedral Square Park
414.220.4700 | milwaukeeholidaylights.com
Downtown is connecting children to the joy and fascination of Santa and his elves.
Place a child’s letter to Santa in Santa’s Mailbox at Cathedral Square Park. Be sure to include a return address because Santa and his extra special helpers will send each child a personalized reply in the mail. Holiday spirit delivers the letters to Santa – no postage required!

Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra
November 17 – December 31 Hourly
The Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court
414.224.0384 | grandavenueshops.com
Hear downtown’s 18-piece symphony orchestra of bears perform a repertoire of holiday songs.

Pancakes on Parade
Sat, November 18 | 8am to 12pm
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
414.276.9814 | stjohncathedral.org
During the Milwaukee Holiday Parade, visit the Atrium at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, along the parade route, for a traditional pancake breakfast, fresh baked goods and hot coffee.

Holiday and New & Used Children’s Book Sale
Sat, November 18 | 9am to 4pm
Central Library
414.286.3000 | mpl.org
Fill their stockings with a variety of titles. All proceeds benefit the library.

91st Annual Milwaukee Holiday Parade
Presented by Johnson Controls
Sat, November 18 | 9:30am
Downtown Milwaukee
262.377.5935 | milwaukeeparade.com
From its start in 1927, the Milwaukee Holiday Parade remains a cherished holiday tradition featuring approximately 100 units including marching bands, floats, giant helium balloons, local personalities, costumed characters, live animals, specialty vehicles and, of course, Santa Claus! Live TV coverage on FOX6.

Deck the Streets of Old Milwaukee
Sat, November 18 | 10am to 2pm
Milwaukee Public Museum
414.278.2728 | mpm.edu
Walk the cobblestone streets and see the turn-of-the-century holiday decor. Learn about Milwaukee holiday traditions of the past and join in on the fun with festive activities throughout the day.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Monarch Lounge
Sat, November 18 | 12pm to 2pm
Monarch Lounge
414.271.7250 | hiltonmilwaukee.com
Come see the lights on the Hilton Christmas tree. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, caroling by Winter Wonderland, family activities, holiday movies around the fireplace and pictures with Santa.

Naughty or Nice – Holiday Floral Show
November 18 – January 7
Mitchell Park Conservatory
414.257.5600 | milwaukeedomes.org
Enjoy the festive atmosphere among vivid poinsettias and a decked-out holiday tree.

Ideal Property Management, Inc. Christmas Tree Lot
November 20 – December 24 10am to 8pm
Pere Marquette Park – State Street & Old World Third Street
An old-fashioned tree lot featuring fresh Wisconsin trees, wreaths, garland and holiday decor. Closed Thanksgiving.

Christmas Twilight Tours
November 24 & December 22 6 – 8pm
Pabst Mansion 414.931.0808 | pabstmansion.com
The evening open house invites guests to enjoy the Pabst Mansion by the glow of the original light fixtures and illuminated Christmas trees. Self-guided tours take guests through each room filled with holiday cheer. Enjoy light refreshments and a live performance by zitherist, Kurt Eckroth, and vocalist, Megan Eckroth.

Ugly Sweater Party at Monarch Lounge
Fridays November 24 – December 22
Monarch Lounge
414.271.7250 | hiltonmilwaukee.com
No better way to get into the holiday spirit than to put on your best ugly Christmas sweater. It may even earn you great prizes!

A Pfister Thanksgiving Brunch
Thu, November 23 | 10am to 2pm
The Pfister Hotel
414.935.5950 | thepfisterhotel.com
A casual yet elegant setting providing ample holiday cheer. There is much to be thankful for, from appetizers and entrées to side dishes and desserts – plus all the traditional trimmings.

A Mason Street Grill Thanksgiving
Thu, November 23
Mason Street Grill
414.298.3131 | opentable.com
An all-American grill for this quintessential holiday. Wood- grilled steaks, seafood and a special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu will be available.

Thanksgiving at Kil@wat
Thu, November 23 7am to 2pm; 3pm to 8pm
InterContinental Milwaukee – Kil@wat
414.291.4793 | kilawatcuisine.com
Feast with family and friends at Kil@wat’s incredible Thanksgiving brunch or four-course dinner. Bringing together traditional favorites and adventurous new creations, this will be a Thanksgiving to remember.

Thanksgiving at Hilton Café
Thu, November 23 6:30am to 11am; 11am to 3pm
Hilton Milwaukee City Center – Hilton Café
877.704.5277 | hiltonmilwaukee.com
Enjoy breakfast a la carte with a full beverage menu, or indulge in the Thanksgiving Day buffet with all of the fixings and a special children’s buffet. Call for reservations.

Thanksgiving at Milwaukee ChopHouse
Thu, November 23 | 4pm to 8pm Milwaukee ChopHouse
414.226.2467 | opentable.com
Give thanks ChopHouse style. Enjoy a specially prepared Thanksgiving prix fixe menu or order off the full dinner menu.

Holiday Kitchen
Fri, November 24 | 10am to 4pm
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
414.390.5437 | bbcmkids.org
Visit the Museum for this special day that will celebrate cooking together, healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime! Presented by Sendik’s Food Markets.

6th Annual Black Friday Beerfest
Fri, November 24 | 4pm to 7pm
Harley-Davidson Museum®
414.287.2789 | harley-davidson.com/museum
Forget the Mall. The best way to spend Black Friday is with great friends and your favorite craft brews from the Midwest. VIP packages available.

The Pfister’s Annual Tree Lighting
Fri, November 24 | 5pm to 6:30pm
The Pfister Hotel
414.935.5950 | thepfisterhotel.com
Watch the expressions on young and old alike as Santa officially lights The Pfister holiday tree. Sip warm drinks while nibbling on a holiday treat. Nonperishables will be collected for Hunger Task Force.

Small Business Saturday
Sat, November 25 | 10am to 6pm
Historic Third Ward
414.273.1173 | historicthirdward.org
Support locally owned businesses as Milwaukee retailers offer incentives and specials during this one-day sale.

Urban Garage Sale
November 25 & 26 | 10am to 4pm
Mitchell Park Domes – Annex Greenhouse
Shop local and support local artists! The Urban Garage Sale features handmade jewelry and ceramics, hand-screened posters, locally made clothing and much more.

BMO Harris Bank Holiday Display
November 27 – January 2
Mon – Fri | 9am to 8pm
Sat, Sun, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day | 9am to 4pm
770 N. Water Street
414.765.7500 | bmoharris.com
Special Note: The lobby will close at 1pm on Sat, Dec. 10 and Sat, Dec. 24; and at 5pm on Mon, Jan. 2.
A magical display of more than 150 life-size Steiff animals depicting “A Holiday in King Arthur’s Court.” The display is free and open to the public.

Holiday Lights Walking Tour
November 28 – December 22 6pm to 7pm
Downtown Milwaukee
Enjoy the Holiday Lights on a tour with your own elf. Stroll, play Christmas trivia, and get merry. The 1.25-mile walk is a delight for Christmas lovers of all ages.

MIAD Holiday Sale
November 30 – December 3
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
414.847.3200 | miad.edu
You don’t have to get creative to give creative this holiday season. Browse thousands of locally made gifts, with prices starting at $10.

European Village Alive!
December 1 & 2
Milwaukee Public Museum
414.278.2728 | mpm.edu
Celebrate your favorite European holiday traditions as you stroll the streets of the European Village.

Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus Tour
December 2 – 24  
Various Locations
800.979.3370 | milwaukeefoodtours.com
Travel around the world and back on this guided tour. Sample (and if desired, purchase additional) holiday cookies, candies and pastries from a collection of Milwaukee bakeries.

Slice of Ice
Mid-December – Mid-March 2018 (weather permitting)
Red Arrow Park
414.289.8791 | countyparks.com
A slice of winter fun in the heart of downtown! Bring your own ice skates and skate for free, or rent a pair at the warming house.

29th Annual Christmas in the Ward
Fri, December 1 | 5pm to 8pm
Sat, December 2 | 12pm to 2pm
Catalano Square – Menomonee & Broadway
414.273.1173 | historicthirdward.org
Get into the holiday spirit with live music, great shopping and horse- drawn carriage rides. Friday night includes a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks.

Jolly’s Outdoor Gingerbread House
Fri, December 1 | 6pm to 8pm
Catalano Square – Menomonee & Broadway
414.273.1173 | historicthirdward.org
Visit Santa in Jolly’s Gingerbread House and share with him your heart’s desires.

Christmas Lights & Desserts Tour
December 2 – 23
Downtown Milwaukee
800.979.3370 | milwaukeefoodtours.com
See downtown’s holiday lights, plus sample hot chocolate and desserts from local restaurants.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Sat, December 2 | 7:15-7:45PM
Amtrak Depot
433 W. St. Paul Avenue
888.333.6370 | cpr.ca
The 19th annual Holiday Train makes its stop in Milwaukee! See the holiday train and enjoy live performances. Attendees are encouraged to bring food donations for local food banks.

Nutcracker Tea
Sun, December 3 | 10am & 2pm
The Wisconsin Club
414.902.2114 | milwaukeeballet.org/events
Enjoy elegant high tea dining, photo opportunities with dancers and festive art projects. Become a part of the magic of The Nutcracker with this family event.

Breakfast with Santa at the H-D Museum
December 3 & 10 | 10am to 2pm
Harley-Davidson Museum® — MOTOR
414.287.2789 | harley-davidson.com/museum
Snap a photo with Santa on a Harley-Davidson and build your very own gingerbread house. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Brady Street Festivus
Sat, December 2 | 7pm to 1:30am
Brady Street
414.272.3978 | bradystreet.org
Air your grievances and participate in feats of strength for the highly coveted Festivus Pole. Shopping, dining and drink specials will also be offered by Brady Street merchants.

Santa Hustle 5K Milwaukee Run/Walk
Sat, December 2 | 8:30am
Veterans Park
847.829.4536 | santahustle.com/milwaukee
Be part of one of the largest, growing races as thousands of Santas hit the streets.

Ideal Property Management, Inc. Ice Carving Demonstration
Sat, December 2 | 11am to 3pm
Ideal Property Management, Inc. Christmas Tree Lot – Pere Marquette Park – State Street & Old World Third Street
Watch as a skilled carver turns a 300-pound block of ice into an old symbol of the season.

Breakfast with Santa at The Pfister
Sat, December 2, 9 & 16
9:30am to 11:30am
The Pfister Hotel
414.935.5950 | thepfisterhotel.com
A Pfister tradition that creates lifelong memories. Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom, with a special gift awaiting each child. Don’t forget the cameras to capture that moment with Santa!

Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton
Sat, December 2, 9 & 16 9am to 11am
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
877.704.5327 | hiltonmilwaukee.com
Gather for a cheerful breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festive ballroom, with a special gift for each child. Enjoy a holiday movie while decorating a gingerbread house. Bring your camera to get photos with Santa. Call for reservations.

Holiday Cooking Class
Tue, December 5 | 11:30am
Milwaukee Art Museum
414.224.3200 | mam.org
Discover the art to hosting a great holiday dinner, during this one-hour demonstration. Sample the prepared dishes and take home a recipe packet to help you reproduce the oohs and ahhs with your guests.

Dine Like The Pabsts
December 7, 14 & 16
Pabst Mansion
414.931.0808 | pabstmasion.com
Partake in a dinner and a show the way Captain and Mrs. Pabst did! Guests will begin the evening with a glass of wine before they are seated for dinner. Following dinner, guests will descend the grand staircase to board a luxury motor coach that will take them to the historic Pabst Theater to attend the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Following the production, guests will be returned to the Pabst Mansion. Only 20 seats available per evening—enjoy something truly extraordinary this holiday season! Cost $175 for adults; $85 for children.

Cocoa with the Clauses
Presented by Madison Medical Affiliates
Sat, December 9 | 11am to 2pm
Cathedral Square Park
414.220.4700 | milwaukeeholidaylights.com
Straight from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus return for this annual cocoa klatch. The free outdoor event is a chance for kids to share their wish lists, and for moms and dads to snap a keepsake photo. Just remember to bring your camera! Elves and other holiday characters will also be there. Plus, enjoy discounted lunch menus at neighboring restaurants.

Afternoon on the Polar Express
Sun, December 10 | 2pm to 4pm
The Pfister Hotel
414.935.5950 | thepfisterhotel.com
Join the Pfister Narrator, Nicole Mattke, as she brings to life this holiday tale. This family-friendly event can be enjoyed in your pajamas for the authentic Polar Express journey. With hot chocolate, desserts, readings and activities for all, this is sure to be a holiday memory to cherish.

A Very Merry Milwaukee
Sun, December 10 | 10am to 3pm
Milwaukee County Historical Society
414.273.8288 | milwaukeehistory.net
Tour the Holiday Treasures & Traditions exhibition, see Billie the Brownie, and take a picture with Santa!

Behind the Beer Series Christmas Edition: Miller Valley’s Chocolate Lager
Wed, December 13 | 6pm
Brew City MKE Bar & Beer Exhibit
The Shops of Grand Avenue
414.273.8288 | brewcitymilwaukee.com
Featuring representatives of the innovative and rare brews of MillerCoors. Learn about the Miller Valley Chocolate Lager tradition and have a rare chance to taste this special seasonal beer.

Trivia at Brew City MKE – Holiday Edition
Thu, December 14 | 7pm
Brew City MKE Bar & Beer Exhibit
The Shops of Grand Avenue
414.273.8288 | brewcitymilwaukee.com
Our Milwaukee-themed trivia with a holiday twist. You and your team can compete for fun prizes while enjoying beers from our Milwaukee Beer Bar.

Winter Blues Bike Night Series
Thu, December 14 | 5pm to 9pm
Harley-Davidson Museum® – MOTOR®
414.287.2789 | harley-davidson.com/museum
Bike Night never goes into hibernation. The party just moves indoors! Reconnect with friends, make new ones and plan for the day when your bike comes out of storage.

Sips with Santa
Sat, December 16 | 5pm to 7pm
Brew City MKE Bar & Beer Exhibit
The Shops of Grand Avenue
414.273.8288 | brewcitymilwaukee.com
Santa is coming to Brew City MKE to have a sip of a Milwaukee brew with you! Enjoy special seasonal selections and toast your holiday cheer!

Snow Day
Sat, December 16 | 10am to 5pm
Discovery World
414.765.9966 | discoveryworld.org
Enjoy a flurry of activity with snowflake science and a virtual snowball fight. Visit the Miller Coors THIRST Lab for a Crazy for Cocoa lab, and create holiday-themed projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.

Christmas Eve at Kil@wat
Sun, December 24 | 4pm to 9pm
InterContinental Milwaukee – Kil@wat
414.291.4793 | kilawatcuisine.com
Join Kil@wat for a fantastic five-part holiday feast, with each course complemented by a perfectly paired wine.

Christmas Eve at Milwaukee ChopHouse
Sun, December 24 | 4pm to 9pm
Milwaukee ChopHouse
414.226.2467 | opentable.com
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Milwaukee ChopHouse and dine off the regular menu or taste one of their many special holiday selections.

Glühwein & Sweets Special at CLEAR
Sun, December 24 | 4pm to 12am
InterContinental Milwaukee – CLEAR
414.291.4793 | intercontinentalmilwaukee.com
Enjoy our rustic recipe of Glühwein — a classic mulled beverage — and sample some desserts to satisfy your holiday season sweet tooth.

Christmas Day at Kil@wat
Mon, December 25 | 7am to 2pm
InterContinental Milwaukee – Kil@wat
414.291.4793 | kilawatcuisine.com
Spend time with friends and family while enjoying a spectacular brunch.

Christmas Brunch at The Pfister
Mon, December 25 | 10am to 2pm
The Pfister Hotel
414.935.5950 | thepfisterhotel.com
A Pfister Christmas begins with a complimentary toast followed by a lavish buffet featuring a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, entrées and decadent desserts.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Family Feast
Mon, December 25 | 11am to 2:30pm
Wisconsin Center
414.302.4300 | samilwaukee.org
The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County once again presents its annual Christmas feast for every member of the community to partake. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Even Santa will drop by, bearing gifts for the kids while they last. Volunteer and donation opportunities available.

A Mason Street Grill Christmas
Mon, December 25 | 1pm to 7pm
Mason Street Grill
414.298.3131 | opentable.com
Your downtown Christmas tradition starts at Mason Street Grill, featuring classic American favorites and a specially prepared Christmas prix fixe dinner.

Crazy About Cocoa
Tue, December 26 | 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Discovery World
414.765.9966 | discoveryworld.org
Sweet, creamy, warm, chocolaty, and delicious – hot chocolate is what winter dreams are made of. Test and experiment to learn why we use hot liquids to dissolve hot chocolate. Mix and create your own sample to take home.

Milwaukee Coach & Carriage
Downtown Milwaukee
414.272.6873 | milwaukeecarriage.com
See the Christmas lights on a relaxing carriage ride! Half-hour and one-hour tours available. Rides start from the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, InterContinental Milwaukee or Pfister Hotel. Carriages can hold up to four adults and two small children with wagons available for larger groups. Reservations required.