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The Top Black Friday Alternatives For Families

Not interested in facing the crowds at the mall? We rounded up some family-friendly alternatives for Black Friday:

1. Makesgiving: Family-friendly, gift-making workshop

(Ages 5+) – FREE!

November 29th 1pm – 5pm

Milwaukee Makerspace, 2555 S. Lenox St., Milwaukee WI, 53207


MakesGiving: Holiday Make-a thon, is a free community event hosted by the Milwaukee Makerspace on Black Friday. Head to the Milwaukee Makerspace in Bay View for a hands-on gift-making workshop stations where you will to learn new skills and create unique holiday gifts for friends, family, or yourself! Each guest (adults and kids!) receives 10 free activity tickets to take to any of the workshop stations when you arrive. You can make one of each gift or you can make multiples of your favorites – use you tickets however you like!

2. Black Friday at Milwaukee Public Museum

Fri, 11/29/2019 at 11:00 am


Stroll through the splendor of the decorated Streets of Old Milwaukee and European Village  exhibits!

Then, join educators for fun family programming, including:

Holiday Postcards – Decorate a themed postcard to take home!

What is a Spider?  Think spiders aren’t festive? Think again! Spider webs are actually the inspiration for using tinsel on trees. Uncover arachnid misconceptions and check out specimens.

Sami Traditions –  Hear about the Sami  people of northern Scandinavia. Take a  look at some Museum artifacts to learn more about the winter traditions and lifestyle of this often-overlooked indigenous group.

Milwaukee Rep Christmas Carolers – At 1:00 p.m., the carolers from the Milwaukee Rep’s A Christmas Carol will sing in the Streets of Old Milwaukee.

3. See A Live Holiday Show

It’s opening weekend of a Christmas Carol at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, AND First Stage’s “Elf The Musical” is now showing at Todd Wehr Theater.

4. Pfister Annual Tree Lighting

Friday, November 29, 2019 from 5PM-6:30PM

Santa Arrives 5:20pm

Official Lighting at 5:30PM


Open to the public, complimentary parking with purchase. The Pfister Hotel’s annual tree lighting ceremony is one of Milwaukee’s most celebrated and anticipated traditions. 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 are 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 takes place at 5:30 p.m., the other activities extend to 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy complimentary parking with any purchase.

5. Adventure Rock Black Friday


Don’t make Shopping on Black Friday harder than it needs to be. Drop off your children at Adventure Rock so you can take care of shopping, while we take care of your kids.

6. Visit Santa At Discovery World


The holiday isn’t complete without a visit with Santa! Come and greet Jolly Old St. Nick all the way from the North Pole!

7. Classic Holiday Garden Show At The Domes


Domes Holiday Show in 2017

The 2019 holiday garden show captures the look and feel of all the classic lights, ornaments and decorations of the holiday season. There will be several varieties of poinsettias including ‘Classic Red’ and ‘Polar Bear White’ leading up to a classically-decorated tree, decorative garlands and a newly refurbished sleigh for holiday photo ops. Beautiful single stemmed white mums that look like snowballs will make an appearance along with other holiday staples such as cyclamen and amaryllis plants.

North Suburbs:

Holiday Stroll in Whitefish Bay

Photos With Santa At Cabela’s

South Suburbs

Greendale’s Annual Tree Lighting

Holiday Concert Series at Southridge Mall

West Suburbs

Santa At Ruckus & Glee

Turkey Tumble at M&M Gymnastics

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