Christmas in Milwaukee

By Swathi Ramaswamy on Jan 08, 2019
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As the Christmas starts approaching, Milwaukee gears up to soak in the celebrations. From the jingle bus rides to the tree lighting events, Christmas in Milwaukee is a time for rejoicing, reunions, and happiness. All the houses, streets, churches, and parks are decked up with lovely decorations. Colorful lights adorn the corners and of course, everyone gets ready to welcome Santa Claus!

So, when you are visiting Milwaukee during the holiday season, here is a list of things you must do to make the best of your holidays:


Spend time with Santa at Milwaukee County Zoo

Every Year Santa and Mrs. Claus make an annual trip to the zoo. In the month of December, children who visit the zoo can have breakfast and lunch with Santa Claus and his elves. The indoor winter wonderland is full of thousands of sparkling lights and exciting displays. It is a traditional Christmas event in Milwaukee is a must for all age groups! 

Be a part of the Candy Cane Lane

More than 300 houses participate to decorate the Candy Cane Lane in Milwaukee. Residents put up Christmas lights and even Santa makes an appearance sometimes! Donations can be given to neighbors since the decorations are done to benefit the MACC funds. One can take a drive or stroll around the lane. As the decorations stay from November till Christmas, you will get plenty of time to explore these Christmas displays in Milwaukee. 

‘A Christmas Carol’

Christmas time is known for its plays and Christmas concerts. Every year ‘A Christmas Carol’ by the renowned Victorian writer, Charles Dickens is performed at Pabst Theatre. It is a wonderful play for both children and adults to enjoy. Do give it a shot. Scrooge won’t disappoint you! Book your tickets in advance as this popular play is attended by many and is sold out pretty quickly. 

Annual Holiday Parade

This annual parade is one of the most popular Christmas celebrations in Milwaukee. Started in 1927, it has become a cherished holiday tradition over the decades. The parade includes bands, floats, giant helium balloons, live animals, dance, music, costumed characters and of course Santa Claus. It is a must-visit as this is where the city together to bask in the festive spirit.

Cocoa with the Clauses

Celebrated at Cathedral Square Park every year, Cocoa with the Clauses is one of the top free Christmas events in Milwaukee. A perfect opportunity for kids to share wish lists with Santa, the event is also full of free cookies, chocolates, and hot cocoa. It also attracts adults with different lights and displays. 

Milwaukee Bakery Tour

This is a bus tour that takes visitors around the city to look at Christmas decorations. Along with that, the tour provides holiday cookies, candies, pastries, and other bakery items collected from local shops. It is an exciting tour with good food, especially for those who have a sweet tooth. Do give this tour a chance and you will have a great time! 

Ride on Jingle bus

The Ride-on Jingle Bus is a forty-minute bus tour that takes the visitors to show the key attractions of the city. One can even get a tour of downtown’s holiday lights. The bus leaves from Grand Avenue and tickets for the tour need to be booked some days prior. It is a grand tour and visitors should certainly try it out!

Ice skating at Red Arrow Park

What is Christmas without a little cold and frost? The Red Arrow Park provides an opportunity to skate for free if the weather is good and the ice is frozen well. You can bring your own skates or rent them for the time. So for eager skaters, this is a good chance! Do try it out.

May the Christmas in Milwaukee be merry and memorable with the help of the events listed above.

Other than all this, visitors can go have a Christmas-y dinner at the many restaurants which provide special Thanksgiving menus. Turkey is a must on the menu and so is plum cake.

Thus, Christmas is a time for merriment and spending time together with close ones. It is a time to come together in the Christmas spirit and have some lousy conversations over food and wine.

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