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, Milwaukee!
New This Year
Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 is celebrating this year’s 25th anniversary of the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, presented by Johnson Financial Group, with a new attraction along Wisconsin Avenue and Water Street.
All season long, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to explore a brand-new collection of 15 larger-than-life, hand-painted ornaments as part of the new Ornament Trail.
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
Explore the new Enchant Christmas in Franklin!
Plus, see the CP Holiday Train pull into town, take a Santa Cruise around Lake Geneva, stroll through the poinsettias at the Domes Holiday Show, watch the fireworks at Christmas in the Ward, and more.
A live theater production is sure to spark your holiday spirit, and there’s no shortage around Milwaukee.
From a casual Pajama Jamboree to a fancy outing for “The Nutcracker” (reimagined this year!), find a live show that’s just right for you.
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, and more.
Make your list, and check it twice! Santa Claus is placing his bright red mailboxes all over town for your children’s letters and wish lists.
Ride the hop to Cathedral Square Park, drop your letter off in the fancy lobby of the Pfister Hotel, or find another mailbox near you!
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
If you’re looking for a good place to get a real Christmas Tree, we found 7 Christmas Tree farms to “pick” from. All of them family-owned and open for business in 2023.
Find one near you >>
2023 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 10 local toy stores and children’s boutiques? They’re thoughtfully curated and family-owned.