The holidays are officially here, and it’s time to put the “most” in the most wonderful time of the year.
Find the best holiday lights, the most magical experiences, the cutest Santa’s mailboxes, and more.
Consider this your holiday headquarters!
Wisconsin Center (400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203)
December 1-31, 2022
The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle presented by We Energies Foundation will premiere this holiday season in 12 cities across North America, and it’s now open in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center from December 1 – 31.
Immersive Nutcracker is an experiential retelling of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve journey, all surrounding the audience in 360-degree, three-dimensional splendor.
It’s appropriate for all ages and features whimsical animated characters alongside footage of professional ballet dancers.
The 30-minute immersive experience introduces young children to the art of ballet and the captivating storytelling that often accompanies it.
Set to the sweeping music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Immersive Nutcracker encompasses visitors in 500,000 cubic feet of projections composed of over one million frames of video curating a grand immersive display that relays the tale of The Nutcracker from opening to finale.
From Wild Lights at the Milwaukee County Zoo, to the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival downtown, to Candy Cane Lane in West Allis, and all the way out to Country Christmas in Pewaukee and Enchantment in the Park in West Bend, we’ve got the lowdown on the most bedazzling holiday lights in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Magical Holiday Experiences
The CP Train is back this year! Plus, stroll through the poinsettias at the Domes Holiday Show, watch the fireworks at Christmas in the Ward, be entranced by the Nutcracker, and more.
A live theater production is sure to spark your holiday spirit, and there’s no shortage around Milwaukee. Choose from “A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney’s Broadway Hits” at the Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage’s, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Elf”, and more!
Santa has landed safely in Milwaukee! He’ll be making stops all over town, including Santa’s Cavalcade in downtown Milwaukee, the Pabst Mansion, the Pfister Hotel, the Cheer District, and more.
Milwaukee is lit! (Literally.)
We found Tree Lightings happening all over the city to dazzle you and your family. They are listed in chronological order and by month, for maximum busy-parent convenience.
Christmas Tree Farms
2022 Experience Gift Guide
This year, we’re highlighting unique experiences from 14 local partners that make great gifts, including Bug & Goose Play Cafe, Little Sprouts Play Cafe, First Statge,School of Rock in Shorewood, and more.
Toy Stores & Children’s Boutiques
We know our readers love to shop local. Have you heard of these local toy stores and children’s boutiques? They’re thoughtfully curated and family-owned.