Step Back in Time: A Festive December at the Milwaukee Public Museum

MKE With Kids is proud to partner with the Milwaukee Public Museum to help spread the word about their events for families in December.

As the holiday season rolls in, the Milwaukee Public Museum is transforming into a festive wonderland, and you’re invited to join in the fun.

From historical exhibits decked out in holiday cheer to unique cultural experiences, there’s a little something for everyone.

Let’s check out what’s happening at the museum this December!

Deck the Streets and Village (November 10, 2023 – January 21, 2024)

Step back in time and immerse your family in the nostalgic charm of the “Deck the Streets of Old Milwaukee” at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

This seasonal exhibit transforms the museum’s beloved turn-of-the-century streetscape into a holiday spectacle that captures the imagination of both young and old.

As you meander down the cobblestone paths, you’ll encounter storefronts festooned with festive wreaths and garlands, each window a vignette of yesteryear’s holiday cheer.

Peer into a confectionery where stacks of striped candy canes and jars brimming with colorful sweets conjure up the essence of a classic Christmas.

Your kids can stand on tiptoes to get a closer look at the gingerbread houses and frosted treats displayed behind the festive windowpanes.

Stroll under the soft glow of vintage street lamps, their light reflecting off the shiny bricks underfoot.

From the welcoming doors of the Hotel Pfister, to the the authentic signage, the brass door handles to the striped pole of the neighborhood barbershop, the attention to detail is meticulous, and each element is a doorway to the past.

Deck The Streets of Old Milwaukee offers a unique holiday outing that’s equal parts educational and enchanting.

It’s a chance to slow down and savor the holiday season with your little ones.

European Village Alive! (December 8-9, 2023, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Ever wonder how our holiday traditions came to be? Take a trip to the European Village Alive event, where you’ll learn about the roots of beloved holiday customs from all different cultures.

European Village Alive! Milwaukee Public Museum Wisconsin

Watch the European Village come to life with costumed interpreters, unique holiday artifacts, and hands-on activities that will delight both the young and young at heart.

Cocoa & Candy Canes (December 9, 2023, Noon-2 p.m.)

Note: This event is SOLD OUT, but keep an eye out for more events like this next year! Sip on hot cocoa and munch on candy canes while meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Florentine Opera Holiday Concert (December 11, 2023, 2-3 p.m.)

Ready for some melodious holiday cheer? The Florentine Opera’s Baumgartner Studio Artists are set to fill the museum with the sounds of Christmas hymns and classic holiday songs.

Old Milwaukee Mixer (December 14, 2023, 7-9:30 p.m.)

For a bit of grown-up fun, check out the Old Milwaukee Mixer. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy the holiday-decorated Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit, learn about Victorian holiday celebrations, and savor some delicious appetizers and drinks. It’s an after-hours party with a historical twist!

The Milwaukee Public Museum is more than just a treasure trove of history – it’s a place where the holiday spirit truly comes to life.

Whether you’re looking to dive into the past or simply enjoy some festive fun, these events offer a delightful blend of both.

So, grab your calendar, and let’s make this December one to remember!

Happy Holidays to all! 🌟

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