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Thursday, December 05, 2013

7 REASONS TO VISIT MILWAUKEE INSTEAD OF THE NORTH POLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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Wendy Strong
414.915.9015
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7 Reasons to Visit Milwaukee Instead of the North Pole this Holiday Season

A Trip to Milwaukee Puts Holiday Cheer on Overdrive

MILWAUKEE – Dec. 5, 2013 – If you’re looking for the ultimate destination to get yourself into the holiday spirit this season, don’t set your sights on the North Pole – choose Milwaukee! City sidewalks and parks are dressed in holiday style, your favorite characters are brought to life in performances throughout the season and our quirky traditions give a new glow to the yuletide cheer.  

1)      Thousands of twinkling lights shine brighter than Rudolph’s nose at our Holiday Lights Festival.

Three of Milwaukee’s downtown parks are lit up for the season with “Electric Elves” busily making toys, “Musical Bears” playing rockin’ holiday tunes, and a park filled with trees adorned with handmade ornaments from more than 2,000 Milwaukee school children. Downtown intersections sparkle with hanging chandeliers, dressing up the streets all season long. 


2)      You don’t have to be cold while you take in the decorations in Milwaukee.

Not only do we have a heated, narrated bus tour of the holiday lights in Milwaukee for just $1, but we add in entertainment and treats to sweeten the deal! A tour on the Jingle Bus kicks off with hot cocoa and cookies at the Shops of Grand Avenue as you listen to the tunes of the animatronic bears in the Leonard Bearstein Orchestra while waiting for your merry chauffer.

3)      Our holiday entertainment lineup from Tiny Tim to Sugar Plum Fairies and more.

Christmas favorites: The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 27 – Dec. 24) and the Milwaukee Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 14 – Dec. 27), Next Act’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show” (Dec. 12 – Jan. 5)

Side-splitting comedies: In Tandem Theatre’s “A Cudahy Caroler Christmas” (Nov. 29 – Jan. 5, 2014), “Who Killed Santa?” at the Arcade Theatre in The Underground Collaborative (Jan. 2 – 12, 2014)

Holiday tunes: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Pops Spectacular” (Dec. 6 – 8) and “Handel’s Messiah” (Dec. 18 – 22) and the Florentine Opera Company’s “Home For the Holidays” (Dec. 20 – 21)

And there’s more where that came from.

4)      You can go ice skating downtown while gazing at Milwaukee’s Biggest Christmas Tree.

For the 100th year, Milwaukee’s downtown Christmas tree is aglow, dressed in giant red bows and shiny ornaments. Take a spin on the “Slice of Ice” and bring your own skates to enjoy this picturesque city experience amidst the lights of downtown for free.

5)      Seeing our reindeer is an educational experience.

Learn about the hooves that clatter, how reindeer stay warm in the winter and learn the truth about the rumor that Rudolph is a caribou at the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Reindeer Adventures class. 

6)      The North Pole doesn’t have a massive humpback whale skeleton aglow with holiday lights.

The Milwaukee Public Museum’s main staircase welcomes visitors during the holiday season with a festively decorated whale skeleton covered in blue and white shining lights. After taking in its glory, head to the European Village exhibit to see decorations and traditions from times past, take part in family activities and create your own holiday crafts.

 

7)      No lines for photo ops with Milwaukee’s icon: The Bronze Fonz.

For a lightning fast holiday photo instead of waiting in those long lines in congested malls, grab a Santa hat and head to Milwaukee’s RiverWalk for a photo with the Bronze Fonz!

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Thousands of Santas Descend on Lakefront this Sunday

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Contact: Margaret Casey
PR Coordinator
VISIT Milwaukee
414-801-6696
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or

Lauren Stromberg, Event Director
Adrenaline Sports Management, Inc.
(p) 847-829-4518 (f) 847-829-4577
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Thousands of Santas Descend on Lakefront this Sunday

MILWAUKEE – December 4, 2013– Thousands of Santas will be running along the lakefront in the Second Annual Santa Hustle 5k on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Runners will start and finish at Veteran’s Park and run along Lincoln Memorial Drive.

Since starting in Chicago five years ago, the Santa Hustle has come a long way. People everywhere have fallen in love with the race that encourages its participants to have fun while staying healthy. Today, the Santa Hustle has spread to Chicago, Indianapolis, Sandusky, Galveston and Sevierville TN and has become one of America’s largest growing race series, with over 4,000 runners expected to compete in the Milwaukee event alone. It is easy to see why the Santa Hustle has received national attention from major media outlets like the Travel Channel, ESPN, and the Rachel Ray Show!

The race will also feature outrageous holiday decorations including a 50-foot Santa Claus, Rudolph and Snowman, festive music, and cookie and candy stations along the course.

The Santa Hustle Milwaukee 5k benefits local charities, such as Playworks Wisconsin. Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground -- a place where every kid belongs, contributes and is part of the game. Creating a place that is safe and welcoming, where every kid feels that sense of belonging that connects them more to their school and community. The Santa Hustle Race Series also benefits nationally known Toys for Tots and encourages runners to bring a new, unwrapped toy that will be distributed to needy children in the local community.

For more information on the Santa Hustle Milwaukee 5k, visit SantaHustle.com/Milwaukee.

Adrenaline Sports Management was founded in 2008. As an event management company, ASM specializes in the planning and production of athletic events throughout the country. ASM events include the Wisconsin Dells, Honky Tonk Marathon, the Halloween Hustle, and the Santa Hustle Race Series.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012 and supported more than 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Brewcity Bruisers Host International Championships Nov 8-10

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For more information contact:

Margaret Casey
PR Coordinator
VISIT Milwaukee
414.287.4232
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or

*Pinky* The *Glitterator*
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Brewcity Bruisers Host International Championships Nov 8-10

MILWAUKEE – November 6, 2013- Milwaukee’s own Brewcity Bruisers roller derby league plays host to the exciting action of the International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Championships at the U.S. Cellular Arena from Friday to Sunday, November 8-10.

Fiercely talented skaters from teams from around the country will compete in “bouts” beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday, running throughout the evening hours.  The last two teams standing will play for the highest honors in roller derby - The Hydra Trophy - at 6:00 pm Sunday, November 10th.

The Brewcity Bruisers league is made up of four home teams: the Crazy 8’s, Maiden Milwaukee, the Rushin’ Rollettes and Shevil Knevils. Bruisers home action typically attracts a large, enthusiastic crowd at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Individual team members are known for their skill and athleticism, as well as creative nicknames like Romaniac and Sharkira. Music and festivities keep the growing audiences entertained during the breaks.

Throughout the year Brewcity Bruisers teams donate a portion of the proceeds from their bouts to local non-profit groups and volunteer their time to help support community events. They also cultivate a garden at the Hide House Community Garden where they work together to raise organic produce to donate to a local food pantry.

"We are thrilled to have the top 12 teams in the WORLD here in Milwaukee. It's a great opportunity to show the Midwest what Roller Derby is all about!" according to ChaZaam, Maiden Milwaukee, Brewcity Bruisers.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS VISIT:
http://www.brewcitybruisers.com/wftda-championships
wftda.com/tournaments/2013/championships

AFTER PARTIES
Celebrate with the best in roller derby each night after the last bout at the Turner Hall Ballroom, located at 1032 N. 4th St. Milwaukee.

TICKETS
For tickets visit: www.brewcitybruisers.com/wftda-champs-tickets

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

VISIT MILWAUKEE WINS GOLD SERVICE AWARD FOR 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
For more information contact:
Margaret Casey
Public Relations Coordinator
414.287-4232
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VISIT MILWAUKEE WINS GOLD SERVICE AWARD FOR 2013
Honor presented by Meetings & Conventions magazine

MILWAUKEE – Oct. 22, 2013– VISIT Milwaukee has been honored with Meetings & Conventions’ 2013 Gold Service Award. This award pays tribute to the select Convention & Visitors Bureaus that have shown exceptional professionalism and dedication in their services.

Winners were selected based on extensive criteria requirements, including professionalism of staff, support on hotels and site inspections, assistance with ground transportation planning, guidance on local attractions and liaison with local vendors and services.

“Setting these bureaus apart is the dedication to continually provide quality service to all clients. All our Gold Service winning CVBs know the value of creating a lasting impression that can never be understated,” said Kirk Lewis, Meeting & Convention’s publisher.

VISIT Milwaukee will be featured alongside other winners in Meeting & Convention’s Gold Awards issue this November.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

 

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