special events - december 2013
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THE NUTCRACKER SUITE HOLIDAY SHOW, through Jan. 5; Mitchell Park Conservatory, The Domes. The popular ballet is reinterpreted as the holiday floral show. Poinsettias surround a 30-foot holiday tree. Stroll past scenes of toy soldiers in battle with mice, the enchanting Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets.
A GRAND AVENUE CHRISTMAS, through Jan. 5; Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. 931-0808. See KeyMilwaukee.com feature story on Pabst Mansion.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY WINTER FARMERS MARKET, Saturdays, through April 19; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, “The Domes,” 524 S. Layton Blvd. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. facebook.com/mcwfm
SESAME STREET LIVE, Nov. 29-Dec. 1; BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
CEDARBURG FESTIVE FRIDAY EVES, Fridays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20; Cedar Creek Settlement, Washington Ave. and Bridge Rd. in Historic Cedarburg. Series of free, family-oriented special evening events during the holiday season. 866-626-7005.
TWILIGHT TOURS, Nov. 29, Dec. 20; Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Costumed guides, elaborately decorated rooms, Victorian holiday history, and warm refreshments. 5-7 p.m. Tickets 931-0808. See KeyMilwaukee.com feature story on Pabst Mansion.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, Nov. 30; Locally owned businesses throughout the Milwaukee metro area.
GRAFTON’S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Nov. 30; Circle B Recreation Center, 6261 Hwy. 60, Cedarburg. Buffet style breakfast with Santa and friends by Grafton Lions Club. 7:30-10 a.m. 262-377-1650 (reservations).
GRAFTON 34th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE, Nov. 30; Downtown Grafton. Holiday floats, marching units, bands, South Shore Drill Team and Santa Claus. 11 a.m. 262-377-1650.
SANTA COMES TO SPRECHER BREWERY, Dec. 1 & 8; Santa is in the Gift Shop at 10 a.m., with tours running from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Arrive 45 minutes early for photos and Santa. Charge includes tour, soda and beer samples, commemorative glass, visit and photo with Santa. Reservations at 964-2739 or sprecherbrewery.com
MAM FREE ONLINE SHIPPING, Dec. 2-19; Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr. Free shipping on all orders over $25 to a continental U.S. address at the online Museum Store. 224-3200.
MYTHBUSTERS: BEHIND THE MYTHS, Dec. 4; Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. Featuring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series. 7:30 p.m.
TARGET FREE FIRST THURSDAY, Dec. 5; Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr. No admission charge all day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 224-3200.
MUSEUM STORE: MEMBER DOUBLE DISCOUNT DAY, Dec. 5, 12, 19; Milwaukee Art Museum. (Use promo code "doublediscount" when checking out from the online shopping cart.)
CEDARBURG SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY CRAFT & GIFT SALE, Dec. 5-7; Cedarburg Senior Center, W63 N643 Washington Ave., Cedarburg (Historic Lincoln Building behind the Cedarburg Community Gym). Noon-5 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-5p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.
EUROPEAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS COME ALIVE! Dec. 6-7; Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St. Using the MPM collection of objects and artifacts form around the world, visitors can immerse themselves in the European holiday traditions of a century past. Also part of the fun are costumed interpreters. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
CHRISTMAS IN THE WARD, Dec. 6-7; Historic Third Ward. On Friday, experience special holiday music at Catalano Square around the giant Christmas tree. Both days feature live reindeer, entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and much more. 273-1173, historicthirdward.org.
MILLERCOORS HOLIDAY LITES TOURS, Dec. 6-7, 12-13, 20-21; Miller Brewery, 4251 W. State St. Holiday Lites tours run Fridays and Saturdays the first three weekends of December. Video, special light show, and samples of MillerCoors seasonal brews. 4-9 p.m., with last tour at 8 p.m. BEER/2337 or millercoors.com.
CEDARBURG ARTISTS GUILD HOLIDAY ART FAIR, Dec. 6-8; Cedarburg Community Center, W63N641 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. Cedarburg Artists Guild Members offer a variety of works for gift-giving. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. cedarburgartistsguild.com.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, Dec. 6-8; Cedar Creek Settlement. Art and craft show celebrating 39th year. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. mychristmasinthecountry.com.
FAMILY FREE DAY AT THE ZOO, Dec. 7; Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 256-5412.
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS VISIT THE HOLIDAY SHOW, Dec. 7; The Domes. 1-3 p.m.
CHRISTMAS ON THE CORNER AND CHRISTMAS PARADE, Dec. 7; Port Washington. 3-7 p.m. visitportwashington.com.
FESTIVUS, Dec. 7; Brady Street. After shopping and dining, celebrate this special occasion with awesome “un-holiday” specials and deals. Be sure to come “air your grievances” and participate in the “feats of strength” in an effort to win the Festivus Pole! 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Bradystreet.org
WINTER FARMERS MARKET, Dec. 7, 14, 28; First Congregational Church, 135 N. Webster St., Port Washington. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
SATURDAYS WITH SANTA, Shops of Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Ave. at Old World 3rd St. 4:30-6:30 Dec. 7, and 4-6 p.m. Dec. 14 & 21. Also on the first floor through Jan. 2, Maestro Leonard Bearstein and his animatronic orchestra of bears perform every hour, on the hour.
BREAKFAST & LUNCH WITH SANTA, Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22; Milwaukee County Zoo. Breakfast or lunch with Santa, picture with Santa, and live music and entertainment. Breakfast & lunch on Saturdays, lunch only on Sundays.
MEMBER SWAP DAY, Dec. 8; Members at Milwaukee Art Museum, Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Discovery World, Grohmann Museum, Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum and Pabst Mansion receive reciprocal free general admission at all seven with membership card and photo ID.
RACHAEL RAY, Dec. 13; Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. live onstage with behind the scenes stories, kitchen tips and much more. Each ticket includes a copy of Ray’s new book ‘Week in a Day: Five Meals-One Day!” 286-3663.
Cocoa with the Clauses, Dec. 14; Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St. Kids can share their wish lists while parents snap a keepsake photo. Free hot cocoa and cookies are part of the holiday fun, as well as free face painting, games, music by DJ Shawna, roving holiday characters and kid-friendly restaurant discounts. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 414-220-4700. milwaukeeholidaylights.com.
MILWAUKEE HMONG NEW YEAR, Dec. 14-15; Wisconsin State Fair Park, Wisconsin Expo Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. 9 a.m.-midnight Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. hmoobmilwaukee.com.
WINTER BREAK, Dec. 26, 27, 30 & 31 and Jan. 1-3; Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, 929 E. Wisconsin Ave. Workshops offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. 390-5437.
ART SHOW & SALE, Dec. 28-Jan. 26; Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Ave. “Cash and Carry” show featuring original artwork by local artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, Dec. 31; BMO Harris Bradley Center. 1001 N. Fourth St. A traditional Milwaukee family event on New Year’s Eve. 88th season of high-flying basketball. Games at 1 & 6 p.m.
NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY CELEBRATION, Dec. 31; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes). A night of entertainment, music and food. 6-9 p.m.
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