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special events - december 2014

Complete address of sites is listed with first mention. Area codes of phone numbers are 414 unless shown otherwise. Please confirm events when possible; listings are subject to change.

Saturdays, through Dec. 20, MILWAUKEE COUNTY WINTER FARMERS MARKET; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, “The Domes,” 524 S. Layton Blvd. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Nov. 29.

Through Dec. 28, MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL; Animated light displays in Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park and Zeidler Union Square. Jingle Bus Tours ($1/person) Thurs.-Sun. from 6-9 p.m. board at the Shops of Grand Avenue. See cover feature.

Fridays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, CEDARBURG FESTIVE FRIDAY EVES; Cedar Creek Settlement, Washington Ave. and Bridge Rd. in Historic Cedarburg. 866-626-7005.

Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14, SODA WITH SANTA; Sprecher Brewery, 701 W. Glendale Ave. Santa is in the Gift Shop at 10 a.m., with tours running from noon-3 p.m. Arrive 45 minutes prior to tour for photos and Santa. Charge includes tour, soda and beer samples, commemorative glass, visit and photo with Santa. Reservations at 964-2739.

Dec. 4, TARGET FREE FIRST THURSDAY; Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr. No admission charge all day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 224-3200.

Dec. 4-6, CEDARBURG CRAFT AND GIFT SALE; Cedarburg Senior Center, W63 N643 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-5p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.

Dec. 5-6, EUROPEAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS COME ALIVE; Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St. Visitors can immerse themselves in the European holiday traditions of a century past. Also part of the fun are costumed interpreters. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.

Dec. 5-6, CHRISTMAS IN THE WARD; Milwaukee’s 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.


Dec. 5-7, CEDARBURG ARTISTS GUILD HOLIDAY ART FAIR; Cedarburg Community Center, W63 N641 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

Dec. 6, FAMILY FREE DAY AT THE ZOO; Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Dec. 6, CHRISTMAS ON THE CORNER AND CHRISTMAS PARADE; Port Washington. Live reindeer, elf scavenger hunt, in-store promotions, photos with Santa, living nativity, carriage rides, book drive and fireworks following parade. 3-7 p.m., 6: 15 p.m. parade.

Dec. 6, FESTIVUS; Brady Street in Milwaukee. 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.

Dec. 6, 13, 20, SATURDAYS WITH SANTA; Shops of Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Ave. at Old World 3rd St. 2-4 p.m. Also on the first floor, Maestro Leonard Bearstein and his animatronic orchestra of bears perform every hour, on the hour.

Dec. 6, 13, 20, WINTER FARMERS MARKET; First Congregational Church, 135 N. Webster St., Port Washington. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, BREAKFAST & LUNCH WITH SANTA; Milwaukee County Zoo. Breakfast or lunch with Santa, picture with Santa, and live music and entertainment. Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, lunch at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Dec. 7, MEMBER SWAP DAY; Members at Milwaukee Art Museum, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Discovery World, Grohmann Museum, Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Pabst Mansion and Villa Terrace Art Museum receive reciprocal free general admission at all seven with membership card and photo ID.

Dec. 10-11, NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON; Riverside Theate, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. A conversation about the universe with host of Fox’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

Dec. 12-14, ICE FISHING AND WINTER SPORTS SHOW; Expo Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave.

Dec. 13-14, MILWAUKEE HMONG NEW YEAR; Franklin Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Rd., Franklin.

Dec. 18-21, VAREKAI; BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St. Cirque du Soleil presents a new adventure set in an extraordinary world.

Dec. 19, TWILIGHT TOURS; Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Explore Victorian holiday history and enjoy warm refreshments. Tickets 931-0808.

Dec. 22-23, 26, 29-31 and Jan. 2, WINTER BREAK; Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, 929 E. Wisconsin Ave. Workshops offered 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 390-5437.

Dec. 31, TOAST AROUND THE WORLD PARTY; The Safe House, 779 N. Front St. Annual New Year’s Eve Party celebrates the coming of 2015 in every time zone. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne toasts, roving magic and more. Fun begins at 1 p.m.

Dec. 31, NEW YEAR’S EVE AT NOON; Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. Kids can create their own confetti launcher, count down to the big ball drop at noon and celebrate with dancing and a juice toast. 9 a.m.-noon

Dec. 31, HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS; BMO Harris Bradley Center. A traditional family event on New Year’s Eve. 89th season of high-flying basketball. Games at 1 & 6 p.m.

Dec. 31, NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY CELEBRATION; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes). A night of entertainment, music and food. 6-9 p.m. Advance admission at




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