Tis the season for holiday fun! If you’re in Milwaukee this winter, there are so many options for making your spirits jolly, whether you’re in the mood for a classic holiday show, something new and a little snarky, or getting outside to enjoy the winter air!
Take in the Holiday Lights Festival with a ride on the Jingle Bus – stay toasty as a friendly and knowledgeable Milwaukee Downtown Public Service Ambassador narrates a 40-minute tour of the parks and landmarks for just $1 per person. Free cookies and hot cocoa are served. You can also see the downtown parks dressed in their holiday best on a Gothic Milwaukee walking tour led by your very own holiday elf! For more beautiful lights, head to the Miller Valley for the stunning display at Miller Brewing's Holiday Lites, or take a drive through Wisconsin’s largest outdoor drive-through display, Country Christmas, in nearby Pewaukee.
Go ice skating in the heart of downtown at Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park. This outdoor rink is set in the middle of twinkling holiday lights, and you only need to pay to rent skates – bring your own and skate for free!
Taste traditional treats from around the world on Milwaukee Food & City Tours’ Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus Tour, and see how Santa’s elves make cookies at the North Pole at the Kooky Cooky House, a beloved Milwaukee holiday tradition from the 1960s reborn at The Domes.
See a holiday show! Many locals make an annual tradition out of seeing the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s A Christmas Carol and the Milwaukee Ballet’s The Nutcracker, but many local groups present holiday shows both festive and offbeat.
Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Pabst Mansion, halls thoroughly decked for the season, or go even further back to Wisconsin’s immigrant past for an Old World Christmas at Old World Wisconsin.