Event calender

Holiday Highlights

The Pfister Afternoon Tea
Fri – Sun, Now thru April 2 | Seating times: 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm & 2pm 
The Pfister Hotel
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.

Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra
November 14 – January 2 | Hourly 
The Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court
414.224.0655 | grandavenueshops.com 
Hear downtown’s 18-piece symphony orchestra of bears perform a repertoire of holiday songs.

103rd Annual City Christmas Tree Lighting
Thu, November 17 | 5:15pm
City Hall – Corner of Water & Wells 
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. The City Christmas Tree is a partnership with the City of Milwaukee, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Mandel Group, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Associated Bank, Linda & Scott Haag, and Dynamic Events by David Caruso.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza
Thu, November 17 | 6:30pm
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. Live TV coverage on WISN 12.

Christkindlmarket Milwaukee
November 17 – 20
Best Place
414.630.1609 | bestplacemilwaukee.com 
Enjoy the old world charm of this open-air market featuring German food, beverages, dancers, music and gifts.

Winter Blues Bike Night Series
Thu, November 17 & December 15 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.

Jingle Bus Rides
Presented by Meijer
Thu – Sun, November 18 – 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 $1 per person (cash only), 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 18 – December 11 
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!

Pancakes on Parade
Sat, November 19 | 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 19 | 9am to 4pm 
Central Library
414.286.3000 | mpl.org
Fill their stockings with a variety of titles. All proceeds benefit the library.

90th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Parade
Presented by Johnson Controls
Sat, November 19 | 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.

Kooky Cooky House
Mid-November thru January 
Discovery World
414.765.9966 | discoveryworld.org
Visit Milwaukee’s legendary Kooky Cooky House this holiday season at Discovery World! Originally located at Capitol Court, the Kooky Cooky House exemplified Christmas for thousands of Milwaukee kids in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Enjoy the memories or create new ones for you and your family this holiday season!

Deck the Streets of Old Milwaukee
Sat, November 19 | 10am to 3pm 
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.

Ideal Property Management, Inc. Christmas Tree Lot
November 19 – December 24 | 10am to 8pm
Corner of Kilbourn & Van Buren 
An old-fashioned tree lot featuring fresh Wisconsin trees, wreaths, garland and holiday decor. Closed Thanksgiving.

Not a Creature Was Stirring – Holiday Floral Show
November 19 – January 1 
Mitchell Park Conservatory 
414.257.5600 | milwaukeedomes.org 
Enjoy the festive atmosphere among vivid poinsettias and a decked-out holiday tree.

A Pfister Thanksgiving Brunch
Thu, November 24 | 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 entre?es to side dishes and desserts – plus all the traditional trimmings.

Thanksgiving at Kil@wat
Thu, November 24 | 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 Cafe
Thu, November 24 | 6:30am to 11am; 11am to 3pm
Hilton Milwaukee City Center – Hilton Cafe
877.704.5343 | 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.

Thanksgiving at Milwaukee ChopHouse
Thu, November 24 | 4pm to 8pm 
Milwaukee ChopHouse
414.226.2467 | opentable.com
Give thanks ChopHouse style. Enjoy a specially prepared Thanksgiving dinner.

Holiday Kitchen
Fri, November 25 | 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.

5th Annual Black Friday Beerfest
Fri, November 25 | 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.

Pfister Holiday Marketplace Opening Reception
Fri, November 25 | Beginning at 12pm
The Pfister Hotel
414.935.5950 | thepfisterhotel.com
Explore local music, fine art, and learning opportunities hosted by talented artist Renee Bebeau. Marketplace open through Dec. 24.

The Pfister’s Annual Tree Lighting
Fri, November 25 | 5pm to 6:30pm 
The Pfister Hotel
414.935.5950 | thepfisterhotel.com
Watch the rapt 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.

Breakfast with Santa at Watts
Sat, November 26 | 9am
Sat, December 3, 10, 17 & 24 | 9am 
Watts Tea Shop
414.290.5700 | wattsteashop.com
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast with a fabulous surprise for every child at Milwaukee’s most historic tea room. Meet the jolly old elf and listen to Mrs. Claus read a classic tale. Reservations required.

Small Business Saturday
Sat, November 26 | 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 26 – 27 | 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 28 – January 2
Mon – Fri | 9am to 8pm
Sat, Sun, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day | 9am to 4pm
BMO Harris Bank – 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 “An Up North Holiday.” The display is free and open to the public.

Twelve Days of Waterford
December 1 – 12
George Watts & Son
414.290.5700 | georgewatts.com
A George Watts exclusive two-week holiday celebration of Waterford Crystal featuring a different exciting promotion each day.

Holiday Lights Walking Tour
Tue – Fri, December 1 – 23 | 6pm to 7pm
Downtown Milwaukee 
A 1.25-mile walking tour led by a holiday elf, featuring magnificent lights and Christmas trivia.

MIAD Holiday Sale
December 1 – 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 2 & 3
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
414.255.0534 | 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.

28th Annual Christmas in the Ward
Fri, December 2 | 5pm to 8pm
Sat, December 3 | 12pm to 2pm 
Catalano Square – Menomonee & Broadway 
414.273.1173 | historicthirdward.org 
Experience an old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony, fireworks, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa, live reindeer and other outdoor holiday entertainment.

Jolly’s Outdoor Gingerbread House
Fri, December 2 | 6pm to 8pm
Sat, December 3 | 12pm to 2pm; 4pm to 6pm
Fri, December 9 | 5pm to 7pm
Sat, December 10 | 5pm to 7pm 
Catalano Square – Menomonee & Broadway 
414.273.1173 | historicthirdward.org 
Visit Santa in Jolly’s Gingerbread House and make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House.

Ugly Sweater Party
Fri, December 2, 9, 16 & 23 | 5pm to 8pm
Miller Time Pub and Grill 
414.271.2337 | millertimepubandgrill.com 
Wear an ugly sweater or bring a sweater to donate to Kagel School and get your first tap beer for free.

Christmas Lights & Desserts Tour
December 3 – 23
Downtown Milwaukee
414.255.0534 | milwaukeefoodtours.com
See downtown’s holiday lights, plus sample hot chocolate and desserts from local restaurants.

Brady Street Festivus
Sat, December 3 | 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 3 | 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

Robin Berk Handmade Santas Trunk Show
Sat, December 3
George Watts & Son
414.290.5700 | georgewatts.com
Meet local artist Robin Berk and view her handmade, heirloom- quality Santas! Have your purchase signed and discover the inspiration behind each piece.

Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton
Sat, December 3, 10 & 17 | 9am to 11am
Hilton Milwaukee City Center 
877.704.5343 | hiltonmilwaukee.com
Gather for a cheerful breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festive ballroom, with a special gift for each child. Enjoy decorating a keepsake ornament and watch a holiday movie. Bring your camera to get photos with Santa.

Ideal Property Management, Inc. Ice Carving Demonstration
Sat, December 3 | 11am to 3pm 
Ideal Property Management, Inc. Christmas Tree Lot – Corner of Kilbourn & Van Buren 
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 3, 10 & 17 | 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!

Nutcracker Tea
Sun, December 4 | 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
Sun, December 4 & 11 | 10am to 2pm 
Harley-Davidson Museum® 
414.287.2778 | harley-davidson.com/museum 
Snap a photo with Santa on a Harley-Davidson and decorate a motorcycle-shaped sugar cookie. Space is limited and reservations are required.

CP Holiday Train
Mon, December 5 | 6:50pm to 7:20pm 
Milwaukee Intermodal Station 
See the 14-car Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it chugs through town with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights.

Ornament Signing: Kelli Busch
Fri, December 9 | 11am to 3pm 
Milwaukee Art Museum
414.224.3200 | mam.org
Meet local artist Kelli Busch, designer of this year’s commemorative ornament for the Museum Store. Busch will personalize your colorful cityscape for a uniquely special gift and collectible.

Cocoa with the Clauses
Presented by Madison Medical Affiliates
Sat, December 10 | 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.

A Very Merry Milwaukee
Sun, December 11 | 10am to 3pm 
Milwaukee County Historical Society
414.273.8288 | milwaukeehistory.net
Tour the Holiday Treasures & Traditions exhibition, take a picture with Santa, read a story with Mrs. Claus and enjoy one of her famous cookies!

Slice of Ice
December 15 – March 2017 (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.

Holiday Tea at Watts
Thu, December 15 | 2:30pm
Watts Tea Shop
414.290.5700 | wattsteashop.com
Enjoy fine teas, finger sandwiches and other seasonal treats, plus a coupon for last-minute holiday shopping. Reservations are required.

Family Winter Weekend
December 17 & 18
Discovery World
414.765.9966 | discoveryworld.org
Enjoy a flurry of weekend activity with snowflake science, Milwaukee’s legendary Kooky Cooky House, LEGO® displays and holiday-themed projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.

Christmas Eve at Kil@wat
Sat, 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
Sat, December 24 | 5pm to 9pm 
Milwaukee ChopHouse 
414.226.2467 | chophouse411.com 
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Milwaukee ChopHouse and dine off the regular menu or taste one of their many special holiday selections.

Christmas Day at Kil@wat
Sun, 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
Sun, 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, entre?es and decadent desserts.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Family Feast
Sun, 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 are available.

A Mason Street Grill Christmas
Sun, 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 from a specially prepared Christmas menu.

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 are available. Rides start from the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, InterContinental Milwaukee or The Pfister Hotel. Carriages can hold up to four adults and two small children, with wagons available for larger groups. Reservations required.