Streets of Old Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Museum

Holiday highlights

December, 2018

Mitchell Park  Conservatory, The Domes

As the weather turns colder, this is the place to visit the "rainforest," "desert" and "flower show."

     In the Show Dome, Scrooooge! follows the story line of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and runs through Jan. 6.

     Through March 30, on consecutive Saturday mornings (excluding Dec. 29) 8am-Noon, enjoy the Milwaukee Winter Farmers’ Market in the Greenhouse Annex at the Domes, where local vendors sell fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products.

524 S Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5600


Waukesha Silver Bells

Downtown Waukesha, 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.


Nativity Scene (Crèche)

Milwaukee Art Museum

Experience the Milwaukee Art Museum's recently conserved eighteenth-century crèche, which has not been on view since 2013. These delicate sculptures were part of a tradition in Naples, Italy, in which wealthy families attempted to outdo each other with huge, theatrical installations centered around the nativity story.

Level 1, Gallery S107,  Milwaukee Art Museum



Milwaukee Public Museum

The holiday decorations at the Streets of Old Milwaukee remain through Jan. 22. 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, and holiday decorations add a special touch and highlight the diverse traditions represented.

     Dec. 7-8 costumed enactors and interpreters bring to life European holiday practices of the past with holiday artifacts not usually on display, talk with costumed interpreters about holiday traditions and participate in hands-on activities.

800 W Wells St., (414) 278-2728



BMO Harris Annual Holiday Display

BMO Harris Bank lobby, through Jan. 2

A beloved Milwaukee tradition, BMO Harris Bank transforms the lobby of its downtown location into a whimsical holiday wonderland. This year's theme, A Seussified Season, features BMO's collection of 150 life-sized Steiff animals, each in their own carefully crafted costumes. In keeping with the holiday spirit and tradition, BMO Harris again donates $30,000 to Feeding America in conjunction with the Holiday Display. The Holiday Display is free and open to the public. Mon.-Fri., 9am-8pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-4pm. Special hours: Dec. 8 & 24, 9am-1pm; Dec. 25 & Jan. 1,  9am-4pm; Jan. 2, 9am-5pm.

770 N. Water St.


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