Christmas at the Domes

‘Calm and Bright’ Holiday Floral Show Now Open at the Domes (2022)

The annual holiday show at the Mitchell Park Domes opened to the public on November 19th, and it’s one of our favorite Milwaukee holiday traditions.

The theme this year is “Calm and Bright”.

The centerpiece of the floral display is a towering Christmas tree, adorned with vintage ornaments from the Domes collection. The show features nearly a thousand festive and colorful poinsettias.

For decades, the Domes have been a destination for families looking for a calming respite during the holidays; the Holiday Show offers an escape to a magical place of annual tradition since it opened in 1964.

This year, the Holiday season at the Domes also includes ‘Sticker Wednesdays’. Visitors on any Wednesday during the Holiday Show will receive a free sticker.

The lights show is also back this year. The first light show of the season will be on Friday, November 25th. After that, all light shows will be on ‘Late Night Thursdays, with admission extended to 8pm (last admission is one hour before close) on Thursday nights.

Here is a preview from last year:

There will also be some performers at the holiday show this year.

WAMI Award winner, David HB Drake will perform seasonal music – obscure folksongs to pop hits – in the guise of two colorful characters: Gnorman the Dome Gnome; and as himself, the “Gentle Troubadour.”

Gnorman will perform December 11 at 2pm, and David performs traditional folksongs, English wassails, and French carols December 18 at 2pm. These performances are included in the regular admission.

The Calm and Bright Holiday show will run until January 01, 2023.

Additional Details

  • Adults $8.00 / Milwaukee residents $7.00,
  • Youth (6-17) or Student $6.00 / Milwaukee resident $5.00
  • Seniors (60+) $8.00 / Milwaukee residents $5.00
  • Admission is free for Members of the Friends of the Domes.
  • The Mitchell Park Domes opens 9am-5pm on Wednesday and Friday, Thursday from 9am – 8pm, and 9am-4pm on weekends. Last entry is one hour before close.

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In 2013, Calie Herbst, a former teacher with three little ones, saw a need for a “One Stop Shop” for family fun in Milwaukee. So she founded Milwaukee With Kids. Her goal was to find the best this city has to offer families and share it with other parents. In one place. In 2019, she published "Exploring Milwaukee WIth Kids", a comprehensive Milwaukee travel guide for families and kids. She appears regularly on WISN News, Fox 6's 'Real Milwaukee', B93.3, and Wisconsin Morning News. She has been featured in Medium, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NPR, the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, and on CBS 58 News. Calie is available for hosting, moderating and media appearances.

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