Christmas in the Ward offers holiday activities for kids December 4th-5th


Christmas in the Ward kicks off its 27th annual celebration this Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th.

Highlights of the weekend include a visit with Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House, Mrs. Claus and her live reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides and costumed characters, including Jolly & Ginger Gingerbread and Frosty the Snowman. There were also be Christmas trees for sale.

Warm beverages include hot chocolate and cocoa cocktails for the adults. (Yes, please!)

On Friday evening, enjoy live holiday music in Catalano Square from the Milwaukee Police Band, Highpoint Barbershop Quartet, Sussex Hamilton A Cappella Choir and more. The Trinity Irish Dancers will perform at 6:00 p.m.

On Saturday, don't miss Tinker, the Miniature bell-ringing horse, making an appearance from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Schedule for Friday, December 4th:

5:00 p.m. - Milwaukee Police Band

5:00-8:00 p.m. - Mrs. Claus and her live reindeer

5:00-8:00 p.m. - Cookie Bake Sale, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, hot chocolate, coffee, and cocoa cocktails for the adults

5:30-8:00 p.m. - Costumed Characters

5:30-8:00 p.m. - Horse-drawn Carriage Rides (board at Chicago & Broadway)

5:35 p.m. - Tree Lighting Ceremony

5:45 p.m. - Highpoint, an award winning Barbershop Quartet

6:00 p.m. - Trinity Irish Dancers

6:00-8:00 p.m. - Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House!

6:15 p.m. - Bartolotta Fireworks over the river

6:30-8:00 p.m. - Musical Performances

Schedule for Saturday, December 5th:

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. - Shop the Ward for your holiday gifts.

12:00-2:00 p.m. - Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House, costumed characters, horse-drawn carriage rides (board at Chicago & Broadway, $3 Adult, $1 Child)

2:00-3:00 p.m. - Tinker, The Miniature Horse

2:00-4:00 p.m. - Sweaters in the Square

4:00-6:00 p.m. - Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House

Visit with Santa in Jolly’s Gingerbread House:

Receive a cookie and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Have your picture taken with Santa for a $5.00 donation or bring your own camera. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

House Hours:

December 4th ~ 6-8pm

December 5th ~ 12:00-2:00 p.m. & 4:00-6:00 p.m.

December 11th ~ 5:00-7:00 p.m.

December 12th ~ 5:00-7:00 p.m.5-7pm

$5 Event Parking

Park your vehicle in either of the Historic Third Ward parking structures for just $5 on Friday, December 4th after 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Structures are located at 212 N. Milwaukee Street and 225 E. Chicago Street.

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