Polar Bear Plunge


Dec. 26-31

Frosty Free Week

Free admission for all visitors. Advance online reservations required.

Milwaukee County Zoo


Through Jan. 1, 2021

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

Milwaukee’s downtown shines brightly as more than 500,000 lights and dozens of animated displays are set aglow. See details here >>

See details at milwaukeedowntown.com


Through Jan. 3,  5-10pm

Winter Wonders

Spectacular drive-through holiday lights display with one million lights and concert lighting

Boerner Botanical Gardens


Through Jan. 3

Poinsettia Promenade

Holiday Floral Show

Stroll through a luscious holiday garden packed with a wide variety of poinsettia plants.

The Domes


Through Jan. 2

Country Christmas

Over a million holiday lights displayed on 40 wooded acres. thecountrychristmas.com

The Ingleside Hotel, Waukesha


Through Dec. 30

Waukesha Silver Bells

Waukesha is transformed into a winter wonderland of fun and holiday magic. Waukeshasilverbells.com

Downtown Waukesha


Through Jan. 17

Virtual Samson Stomp & Romp

This race honors Samson, the gorilla (1950-1981).


Milwaukee County Zoo

Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm

Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market

Connects neighbors to fresh, local food by bringing them together.

The Mitchell Park Domes Annex


Jan. 1

Polar Bear Plunge

Bradford Beach


Jan. 1, 11am-5pm

34th Cool Fool Kite & Ice Festival

Soar into the New Year at the Cool Fool Kite Festival, hosted by Gift of Wings. Bring your own kite or purchase one from Gift of Wings, the largest collection of giant kites in the Midwest. Free coffee and hot chocolate are provided at the event to help you keep warm. Demonstrations of ice sculpting will also take place courtesey of The Quiet Ice Carvers. Details at giftofwings.com.

Veterans Park



Jan. 2

Family Free Day

Advance online reservations required.

Milwaukee County Zoo


Jan. 10

Fête des Rois The Feast of the Three Kings (virtual)




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