holiday events



Dec. 1-2

Christmas in the Ward

An old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting in the heart of the Historic Third Ward. Santa and his reindeer welcome the holiday season with fireworks.

Historic Third Ward


Dec. 2

Christmas on the Corner

& Parade

Port Washington


Through Dec. 10

12 Days of Pewaukee

Special holiday activities, see details at:


Through Dec. 22

Festive Friday Eves

Free, family-oriented evening events held at Cedar Creek Settlement on six Fridays, leading up to the holidays.



Through Dec. 24


A Pop-Up Cocktail Bar, serving cocktails like the Snowball Old Fashioned (Gingerbread Bourbon, Wormwood Bitters, Lemon Zest) in a festive setting.

The Outsider, Kimpton Journeyman Hotel


Through Dec. 30

Waukesha Silver Bells

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Downtown Waukesha


Through Jan.1

Holiday Lights Festival

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Through Jan 2

BMO Harris Bank Annual

Holiday Display

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BMO Harris Bank lobby

770 N. Water St.


Through Jan. 7

A Grand Avenue Christmas

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Pabst Mansion


Through Jan. 7

Naughty or Nice Holiday Floral

Show at The Domes

The Show Dome is transformed into a winter forest filled with spruces, firs and pines – decorated in a variety of woodland themes and rustic styles. Featured plants include poinsettias, amaryllis, coleus, cyclamens, and pansies.

  As visitors explore the wintery woods, they discover nests, burrows, and other homes of forest animals. A fanciful mural depicts the woodland critters celebrating the holidays.

524 S. Layton Blvd.

(414) 257-5611

Mitchell Park Domes


Dec. 1-2

Christmas in the Ward

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Historic Third Ward


Dec. 1-23

Holiday Lites Tours at the miller brewery tour center

Miller's Holiday Lites display transforms Miller Valley into a festive wonderland with more than 600,000 lights synchronized to holiday music. The display and Holiday Lites Tours run Friday and Saturday nights during the first four weekends in December, beginning Dec. 1st through Dec. 23rd. Shows and tours run every 20 minutes beginning at 4:40 pm through 9 pm.

     Visitors to the Miller Holiday Lites Show will receive a free mini brewery tour, special giveaways and discounts at the Girl in The Moon Gift Shop, and special post-tour beer samples in the historic stables sampling area if 21 or older.

 Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys-For-Tots, a non-perishable food item for Hunger Task Force, or obsolete ipad, smartphone or tablet to e-cycle through Goodwill.

 The Miller Visitor Center is closed Dec. 24, 25, 26 & 31 and Jan. 1.

4251 W. State St.  (414) 931-BEER/2337.


Dec. 1-31

The Country Christmas

Features over a million holiday lights festively displayed on 40 wooded acres of Waukesha's countryside. Experience enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes all from the comfort of your car. Sun.-Thurs.: $15/carload or minivan; Fri., Sat. & Holidays: $20/carload or minivan.

As part of admission to Country Christmas, you can experience the Country Christmas Trail, Christmas Village, and the Streets of Bethlehem.

Country Springs Hotel


Dec. 2

Christmas on the Corner & Parade

Live reindeer, elf scavenger hunt, in-store promotions, photos with Santa, living nativity, carriage rides and book drive. 6:15pm Christmas parade.Post-parade fireworks display.

Port Washington


Dec. 2

Santa Hustle 5K  Run

10,000 participants dressed up in Santa hats and beards (provided with registration).

Veterans Park


Dec. 2-31

Fantastic Forest in the zoo

Admire the artistry on the brightly-lit trees.

The ornaments are decorated by Milwaukee-area youth groups who participated in the Zoological Society of Milwaukee's Trim-a-Tree project.

     The zookeeper-hosted Giving Tree is decorated with ornaments of suggested enrichment items that visitors can purchase for the animals at the zoo.

10001 W Bluemound Rd.

(414) 771-3040


Dec. 3, 10 & 17

Soda with Santa

Visit and photos with Santa begin 45 minutes before tour time. Includes pictures and visit with Santa, tour special glass and beer samples for adults, soda samples for everyone. Reservations required. (414) 964-2739.

Sprecher Brewery


Dec. 9

Ugly Sweater Day

Downtown Waukesha shops and restaurants hold Ugly Christmas Sweater Specials and parties for those who sport these festive beauties.

Downtown Waukesha


Dec. 14, 5-9pm

Holiday Bike Night

Join fellow riders for good cheer and live music by the Whiskey Belles, a melding of country, folk, Americana and holiday favorites to get you in the spirit.

MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant


Dec. 31


Milwaukee's biggest New Year's Eve Party.

The city's largest bar, huge dance floor, DJs, Champagne toast, free parking, VIP packages and more.

Event Center, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino