Plan Your Milwaukee Holiday Getaway

Is your holiday shopping list getting longer and longer with no end in sight? Don’t panic.

Treat yourself to a relaxing getaway and check off everyone on your list at the same time! You’ll find the state’s premier shopping destinations in Milwaukee and neighboring Wauwatosa; take your pick of stylish boutiques, outlet stores, one-of-a-kind antique finds and national luxury brands. Top it off with dinner and a show for an unbeatable vacation from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. All offers expire 12/31/16.


Hotel Deals

Take advantage of these special offers to stay for less at some of the city’s best hotel properties.

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Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

From $89

(Regular price $119)

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Hilton Milwaukee City Center

From $89

(Regular price $179)

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InterContinental Milwaukee

From $99

(Regular price $159)

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Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West

From $105

(Regular price $169)

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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

From $109

(Regular price $259)

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Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

From $119

(Regular price $169)

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Milwaukee Marriott Downtown

From $129

(Regular price $179)

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Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

From $129

(Regular price $149)

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Pfister Hotel

From $159

(Regular price $239)

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Kimpton Journeyman Hotel

From $189

(Regular price $249)

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Upcoming Events

Once your shopping bags are safely stowed in your hotel room, get out and explore the city’s vibrant theater scene, innovative local restaurants, snowy outdoor fun and more. These upcoming events are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

  • Photo: Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus

    Travel around the world and back in Milwaukee on our Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus Tour! An excellent opportunity to celebrate the holidays with friends while sampling (and if desired, purchasing additional) delicious holiday cookies from a collection of our favorite bakeries in Milwaukee.

  • Photo: Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza

    Join us for a night packed with live music, holiday acts, a visit from Santa and a fireworks show. After the unveiling of downtown’s park and street-level décor, attendees can hop aboard the Jingle Bus, free on kick-off night.

  • Photo: Holiday Folk Fair International

    Produced by the International Institute of Wisconsin, Holiday Folk Fair International celebrates the cultural heritage of people living in southeastern Wisconsin.

  • Photo: 90th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Parade

    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!

  • Photo: Elf the Musical

    November 22–27

    Elf The Musical

    Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.

  • Photo: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

    The TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and returns to our stage this holiday season. Enjoy $5 off main floor tickets! Order online using source code “Visit” to apply your discount. Questions? Contact the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961. Main floor tickets only. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability; other restrictions may apply.

  • Photo: A Christmas Carol

    November 29–December 24

    A Christmas Carol 

    Don’t miss the wonderment and joy of a brand new A Christmas Carol. Featuring the same traditional story with your favorite characters, Milwaukee Rep is excited to present a new, family friendly adaptation written by Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements.

  • Photo: Holiday Lights Walking Tour

    Explore the Magic of Christmas in Milwaukee! Enjoy the spectacle of Cathedral Square, the thrilling window displays, the brilliance of Pere Marquette Park and bask in the glow of the impressive city tree. This 1.25 mile walk through the holiday-trimmed streets of Downtown Milwaukee will be led by your very own holiday elf.

  • Photo: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

    The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger-than-life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and Russian-made costumes and sets.

  • Photo: Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

    This ever-popular event, named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fifteen Top Holiday Concerts in Milwaukee” list in 2015, will once again fill the Basilica of St. Josaphat. Performed by Bel Canto and accompanied by Kevin Bailey on the organ and Stained Glass Brass, this year’s concert includes the premiere of a work by Christian Ellenwood along with the traditional carols and songs of the season that people have come to know and love.

  • Photo: More Holiday Events

    From tree lightings to bakery bus tours and heartfelt holiday classics to snarky takes on old favorites, there's plenty of holiday fun for all in Milwaukee! Don't miss any of the fun – start filling your calendar with these holiday events now!

All Things Shopping

Whether you need a souvenir to remember your trip or are planning a shopaholic’s dream expedition, you’ll find it easy and fun to shop in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. Locally-owned shops and boutiques intermingle with major national brands in easily walkable shopping districts and malls. Make sure you leave extra room in your suitcase!

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Boutique Shopping

Shop unique clothing and accessories from local and national designers.

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Tosa Shopping

Find boutique and Wisconsin’s premiere shopping center in this charming village.

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Milwaukee Souvenirs

Leave room in your luggage for these favorite Milwaukee products.

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Arts & Antiques

Hunt for one-of-a-kind pieces in Milwaukee’s vibrant art galleries and antique shops.

Enter to Win a Milwaukee Holiday Getaway

Let us treat you to a holiday getaway in Milwaukee this holiday season! Stay in the heart of downtown at the stylish InterContinental Hotel and enjoy dinner and a show on us.

Plan Your Route

Start exploring!

Find local hotels, shopping and entertainment destinations in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and the rest of the Greater Milwaukee area. Downtown you’ll find more great shopping and dining, as well as popular attractions like a vibrant theater and entertainment district, the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and lakefront museums, including the newly renovated and expanded Milwaukee Art Museum. Want to extend your stay? Check out our inspirational itineraries for holiday fun, couples' getaways, theater and more.