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Everything You Absolutely Must Do in Milwaukee This Winter

Published On 11/29/2016 Published On 11/29/2016
November
Milwaukee Downtown
Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival | Dan Bishop

November

Tuesday - Sunday
Nov 29-Jan 1
Downtown
Downtown will be decked out in lights for the holidays. See it all from the Jingle Bus for a warmer/lazier alternative to walking around outside in the cold.
Tuesday - Monday
Nov 29-Dec 26
West Allis
Remember driving through a neighborhood that went all out with Christmas decorations when you were a kid? That was probably Candy Cane Lane. Yes, it's still going strong, and no, you really don’t want to see their electric bills.
December
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg

December

Thursday
Dec 1
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Sample beers from Biloba Brewing Company, presumably inside and not in the snow-covered gardens, and learn a little bit about the history and process of some of MKE’s local breweries.
Friday - Saturday
Dec 2-3
Third Ward
See a rare winter fireworks display, pick out a Christmas tree, take a horse-drawn carriage ride and listen to some live music, all crammed into the Third Ward for your convenience.
Friday - Sunday
Dec 2-4
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Sure, that was a rousing rendition of Deck the Halls, but the handbells always steal the show. You know the words, so sing along now!
Friday - Friday
Dec 2-23
Miller Brewery
A tradition dating back to the 1950s, Miller updated their lighting display recently to synchronize with holiday music that makes for a much more interesting Facebook live video than season’s past.
Saturday
Dec 3
Miller Time Pub
In recognition of the 83rd anniversary of the 21st amendment, celebrate Repeal Day by imbibing some cost-effective booze. It’s your patriotic duty, right?
Saturday
Dec 3
Iron Horse Hotel
Because burlesque dancers are always a good idea, whether it’s the 1933 or 2017, as are 5-cent tap beers. Happy days are here again!
Saturday
Dec 3
Shank Hall
We’ll spare you any puns here, you’ll need all that strength whether you’re competing in the Milwaukee Pun Slam or just a spectator.
Saturday
Dec 3
Veteran's Park
Historically St. Nick’s workouts tend to include a greater deal of power lifting than cardio but participants in this run receive a Santa-suit hoodie, hat and beard which can’t possibly offer any form of sweat wicking.
Saturday
Dec 3
West Allis
Crafts, music, hayrides, the lighting of the Christmas tree and the West Allis Community Christmas Parade make for a full day of super festive cheer. Grinches not welcome.
Saturday
Dec 10
Downtown
For the most hirsute of individuals, vie for awards in in four categories including Best Mustache, Most Elaborate Mustache, Best Lady Mustache and Best Creeper Mustache.
Sunday
Dec 11
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Traditional versions of Christmas songs just aren't good enough for the TSO, they've got to get all arena-prog rock on your favorite yuletide classics. Try your best not to air guitar.
Saturday
Dec 17
Partake in this organized bar crawl of 12 downtown bars. It benefits the Hunger Task Force, so you can feel even better about drinking your day away.
Thursday
Dec 22
Riverside Theater
The air in the theater will probably be filled with...holiday spirit. Yes, that’s it. Everyone will be smoked, ah, stoked to see the D-O-double-G as an early Christmas gift. No word if Martha Stewart will be there to lend some verses or recipes.
Thursday
Dec 29
BMO Harris Bradley Center
We had no idea a ventriloquist could sell enough tickets for an arena tour, but there you have it.
Friday - Saturday
Dec 30-31
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Even if you're not into classical music, you gotta admit that live scoring a Spielberg film is pretty awesome. It might also be the only time all year you can get away with wearing a fedora...might.
Saturday
Dec 31
Keep safe and leave the driving to the pros. Hop on and off limo buses making loops between various bars all night long and never have to worry about parking.
Saturday
Dec 31
Milwaukee Art Museum
Ring in the new year in your fanciest cocktail dresses and suits while treating yourself to lobster, truffles and chocolate. Then it’s back to take out for the rest of 2017.
Saturday
Dec 31
Turner Hall
Party retro-style with funk and soul music playing directly from 45s and not some DJ’s laptop. You might even hear the needle drop.
Saturday
Dec 31
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Sweet Georgia Brown! A MKE NYE tradition continues as the Globetrotters come to town to close out another year and another opponent that’s not going to get any calls from the ref.
January
The Milwaukee Chili Bowl
The Milwaukee Chili Bowl

January

Saturday
Jan 7
The Rave
It seems like just yesterday you saw them in high school, but they're celebrating 20 years and now you’re feeling so much older than you did before reading that.
Sunday
Jan 15
Uihlein Hall
Milwaukee, along with Atlanta are the only two cities to annually celebrate and honor Dr. King since 1984 (the holiday was first observed nationally in 1986). Keep the legacy of MLK alive at this important cultural event.
Sunday
Jan 29
Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
There might be no better cold weather food than a piping hot bowl of chili. Hope you brought some extra Tums.
Sunday
Jan 29
Wisconsin Center
Get autographs and photos with your favorite members of the Brew Crew and, of course, the Racing Sausages will be there. Catch them while you can.

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