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7 fun events for kids on the day after Thanksgiving

Makesgiving: A Holiday Make-a-thon (Free!)

Milwaukee Makerspace and the Bay View Neighborhood Association present this free community event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Black Friday. Why buy gifts on Black Friday when you can make them for FREE! Join us at the Milwaukee Makerspace to learn some new skills and get your craft on. Fill stockings and decorate your home with handcrafted gifts and glamour you and your kids make yourselves at our various activity stations. Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

Gift Making Activities Include: 3D Printed Miniature Refrigerator Vase, Handcrafted Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags, Laser Cut Ornaments, Scroll Saw Feathers, Ever-popular Melted Crayon Ornament, Sugar Scrub, Braded Fleece Dog Toy, and more!

Holiday Kitchen at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Friday, November 24th

Included in the price of regular admission, join the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum the day after Thanksgiving for a special event presented by Sendik’s Food Markets to celebrate cooking together, healthy eating and the importance of family meal time. Participate in a variety of hands-on workshops and learn the value of making good decisions when it comes to nutrition and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Lots of crafty projects, fun programs and delicious food samples will give the entire family a kick-start to healthy living this holiday season. In November, visit Sendik’s Food Markets to purchase select products from Breadsmith, Kemps, Palermo’s, Sargento and Turbana. Show your receipt at the Museum desk to receive FREE admission to Holiday Kitchen. One admission per product. Please check for product information.

Pfister Hotel Tree Lighting Ceremony (Free!)

Friday, November 24, 2017 | 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Official Lighting at 5:30 PM)

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The Pfister Hotel’s tree lighting ceremony is one of Milwaukee’s most celebrated and anticipated traditions, offering a magical experience for guests of all ages. Featuring an 18-foot LED lighted holiday tree, the festive event includes complimentary holiday treats, music, hot cocoa and more. Parents are invited to bring their cameras, as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at 5:20 p.m. on a Milwaukee Fire Department fire truck to greet guests and pose for photos. Guests will be encouraged to write letters to Santa and drop them in Santa’s special mailbox, which he will take back with him to the North Pole. While the actual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m., the other activities will extend to 6:30 p.m. To support those in need during the holiday season, The Pfister Hotel will be collecting food for Hunger Task Force and encourages guests to bring non-perishable food items. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy complimentary parking with any purchase.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” presented by First Stage

Runs November 24 – December 30

$14 and Up

Back by popular demand, this treasured classic comes to life on stage this holiday season. Everyone is giddy with Christmas cheer, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. Will directing the Christmas play help him get in the spirit of the season? Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they learn the true meaning of Christmas. This is one holiday gift the entire family will adore. Suggested for families with young people ages 4 – 14+ Tickets can be purchased at

Naughty or Nice Floral Show at the Domes

Runs through January 7th, 2018 at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes). The Domes are located at 524 S. Layton Blvd. in Milwaukee.Visitors to the show will get a behind-the-scenes view of the elves at the North Pole. Some elves will be making toys in the workshop or creating havoc in the wrapping department, while others will be hiding in the flower-filled displays, keeping an eye on the girls and boys who visit.Young guests can write letters to Santa and mail them at the special holiday mailbox.The focal point of the show will be the 25-foot holiday tree, encircled by a paper garland. On closer look, visitors will see that the garland is actually Santa’s list of who’s naughty or nice. The tree will be decked in red, green, blue, and white ornaments and lights.​


Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Adults age 18 and over: $7

Youth age 6–17: $5

Children 5 and under: Free

(Milwaukee County Residents with proof of residency receive free admission on Mondays, from 9 a.m.–noon, excluding the celebration of major holidays. Regular admission is in effect Dec. 25, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.)

Live Reindeer at Bayshore Town Center

Friday Nov 24th

1:30pm – 3:30pm

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Share bundles of fun with Rudolph’s friends on Black Friday between 1:30pm and 3:30pm in Town Square. Meet the reindeer & bring your camera for a great photo op! Then, its off to visit Santa in the Grand Promenade (near the food court). Grab a bag of magical reindeer food to sprinkle on your lawn on Christmas Eve; available while supplies last!

Whitefish Bay Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting (Free!)

Friday, November 24th

5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Parade at 6:00 p.m., tree lighting after parade at Sendik’s)

E. Silver Spring Dr.

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Held each year on the Friday following Thanksgiving, the Holiday Stroll includes a parade, tree lighting ceremony, food, music, and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a free pony, train, or trolley ride, visit Santa and his reindeer, and cross things off your holiday list.

The seasonal celebration features a parade with music, Dancing Grannies, racing sausages, Alaskan Malamutes, scout troops, media, and Santa in his sleigh pulled by Cupid and Vixen. It’s an evening not to miss!

The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Kent Avenue and Silver Spring Drive, heading east on Silver Spring Drive ending at Lake Drive in front of Sendik’s. The parade lasts about 45 minutes.

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