Holiday highlights

December, 2017

Streets of Old Milwaukee and

European Village at MPM

Through Jan. 29

The holiday decorations at the Streets exhibit remain through Jan. 29. The Streets of Old Milwaukee is a walk-through diorama, transporting the visitor back to a fall evening in Milwaukee at the turn of the 19th century.

   Next to the Streets exhibit, The European Village recreates homes and shops from many countries, circa 1875-1925. Visitors can observe the daily life of Europeans who came to the U.S. Through Jan. 18, holiday decorations add a special touch and highlight the diverse traditions represented.

800 W Wells St. (414) 278-2728


BMO Harris Annual Holiday Display

Through Jan. 2

In a Milwaukee holiday tradition, BMO Harris Bank transforms the lobby of its downtown location into a themed display of life-sized Steiff stuffed animals. This year's theme, A Holiday in King Arthur's Court, features BMO's collection of 150 life-sized Steiff animals, each in their own carefully crafted rich royal-themed costumes. The animals will be displayed in an elaborately designed vignette in BMO's downtown bank lobby where kings, queens, knights, thrones, medieval towers, and even the famous Round Table will be featured. A dragon or two might even stop by.

     In keeping with the holiday spirit and tradition, BMO Harris will again donate $30,000 to Feeding America in conjunction with the Holiday Display. The Holiday Display is free and open to the public.

BMO Harris Bank lobby, 770 N. Water St.


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Holiday Display at Pabst Mansion

Through Jan. 7

The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., presents A Grand Avenue Christmas Nov. 17-Jan. 7.

     Three floors of the mansion are elegantly transformed during this annual holiday tradition.

     The Pabst Mansion’s hours are 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday and noon-4pm Sunday. Special hours are 10am-1:15pm (last entry) on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Holiday admission is $12.50 adults. Children 16 and under tour for free during the holiday season, sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

    Tours during the holiday season are self-guided, with last entry at 3:15pm daily. The mansion is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

     A Twilight Tour happens Dec. 22, 6-8pm. The self-guided tour concludes with light refreshments and a live performance by zitherist, Kurt Eckroth, and vocalist, Megan Eckroth. Tickets are $15 adults and $8 children (6-17). Children under 6 are free.

     For special events reservations or more information,

call (414) 931-0808 or visit


Celebrate with Waukesha Silver Bells

Through Dec. 30

Waukesha’s Downtown not only decks out for the holidays, it makes everything magical with horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, Santa Breakfast Workshops, an art crawl and a 5K Santa run & walk. Retailers keep the doors open later all through the month of December.