special events - december 2011
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DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS by Historic Milwaukee, “Skywaukee Walking Tour” through Dec. 17 and Jan. 7-May 26, 1 p.m. Saturdays, explore the early history of Milwaukee as seen through the skywalk system. All tours start at Shops of Grand Avenue, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., statue on ground floor atrium beside TJ MAXX. For other tours and starting points visit www.historicmilwaukee.org. 277-7795.
WESTOWN INDOOR MARKET, Wednesdays, through Dec. 21; Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 276-6696.
MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL, through Jan. 1; Downtown Milwaukee. Cathedral Square Park, N. Jefferson and E. Wells St.; Pere Marquette Park, W. State and Old World 3rd St.; Zeidler Union Square, W. Michigan St. between 3rd and 4th St. See KEY Cover feature, pages KeyMilwaukee.com cover feature. 220-4700.
M&I BANK HOLIDAY DISPLAY, through Jan. 2; M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank Lobby, 770 N. Water St. Popular holiday display featuring life-sized Steiff stuffed animals. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The lobby will be closed after 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 and Dec. 24, and at 5 p.m. on Jan. 2.
BLIZZARD OF ART SHOW & SALE, through Jan. 3; Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N547 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.
RED ARROW PARK ICE SKATING, continuing as weather permits; 920 N. Water St. Weather permitting, Milwaukee County’s “Slice of Ice” rink is open. No charge for skaters with own skates. Skates rented for $8. For hours, updates, http://county.milwaukee.gov/RedArrow11930.htm
MILWAUKEE COUNTY WINTER FARMERS MARKET, through April 14, no market Dec. 24 and Dec. 31; Tommy Thompson Youth Center, Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St. 8 a.m.-noon. 30 weekly vendors who live within 90 miles of Wisconsin State Fair Park offer high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products. Local food vendors also bring a wide variety of freshly baked goods, jams, cider, honey, maple syrup, sorghum, sauces and soups, as well as delicious ethnic cuisine. www.mcwfm.org
TARGET FREE FIRST THURSDAY, Dec. 1; Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 224-3200.
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, Dec. 1-31; Country Springs Hotel, Waukesha. Wisconsin's largest drive-through Christmas Lights Display. 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays and 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. $15 per carload, $25 limo, large van or mini coach. www.thecountrychristmas.com. 800-247-6640.
WRAPPED IN GOLD FINE ART SALE, Dec.2-31; Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N547 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.
MILLER BREWING HOLIDAY LITES, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and special edition on Dec. 23. Miller Brewery Tour Center, N. 42nd and W. State Streets. Part of the free Milwaukee Brewery tours that begin at the tour center. Staged pyrotechnics, audience interactions and enhancements throughout the brewery tour. Features 300,000 LED lights. Tours every 20 minutes, 4:40-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 931-BEER (2337).
CEDARBURG FESTIVE FRIDAY EVES, Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 16; Cedar Creek Settlement, Washington Ave. and Bridge Rd. in Historic Cedarburg. Series of free, family-oriented special evening events during the holiday season, Continues every Friday through Dec. 16 with a different theme for each night. 12/2 “Christmas in the Country,” 12/9 “Santa’s Workshop,” 12/16 “A Taste of Christmas.” 5-9 p.m. 262-377-4763, 866-626-7005.
CHRISTMAS IN THE WARD, Dec. 2-3; Historic Third Ward, just south of downtown Milwaukee. On Friday, at Catalano Square, Broadway & Menomonee and throughout the Historic Third Ward neighborhood. Old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting on Friday starting at 5 p.m. Santa and his reindeer welcome the holiday season with carriage rides, fireworks, the Trinity Irish Dancers and more. 5-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 273-1173.
CEDARBURG ARTISTS GUILD HOLIDAY ART FAIR, Dec. 2-3; Cedarburg Community Center, W63N641 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. Cedarburg Artists Guild Members offer jewelry, paintings, photography, etchings, ceramics, wood, fused glass, basketry, wearable and fiber arts. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. www.cedarburgartistsguild.com.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, Dec. 2-4 Two locations: Cedar Creek Settlement and Wisconsin Quilt and Textile Arts Museum, Cedarburg. Midwestern artists and Christmas artisans in a juried show. Trolley will link shows during the weekend. 414-352-5655.
FAMILY FREE DAY AT THE ZOO, Dec. 3; Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 256-5412.
MAGIC OF THE SEASON, Dec. 3; Port Washington. Annual “Christmas on the Corner” event features horse and carriage rides, live Nativity, cookie decorating, letters and pictures with Santa, Elf Yourself Photo Booth, live reindeer, strolling musicians and parade at 6:15 p.m. followed by fireworks. New this year is “Movies on Grand.” 3-7 p.m. 262-268-1132. www.visitportwashington.com
STOP, SHOP & RESTORE IN SHOREWOOD, Dec. 3; Relaxation stations 10 a.m.-5 p.m. including free massages, refreshments, holiday goodies, salon services, wine tasting, cooking demos and more, FREE trolley rides, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FESTIVUS, Dec. 3; Brady Street neighborhood. Milwaukee’s “Greenwich Village” borrows a holiday celebration from the Seinfeld show, complete with coveted Festivus Pole. 272-3978.
SATURDAYS WITH SANTA, Dec. 3, 10, 17; Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. . Radio Disney Road Crew puts on a show featuring music, games and prizes, plus visits with Santa. noon-1:30 p.m. 224-0655.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WITH SANTA, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18; Milwaukee County Zoo. 256-5412.
EUROPEAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE COME ALIVE, Dec. 9-10; Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St. Learn about European holiday traditions of a century past, while gaining a new perspective on some traditions that are still in existence today. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
POLAR EXPRESS, Dec. 17; Port Washington, Grafton and Cedarburg. Board in one of three communities to journey to the North Pole (Port Washington Fire House) for fun. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 262-284-5881.
WINTER FEST 2011, Dec. 21-31; Frontier Airlines Center. Activities, games, rides, photo opportunities, skating, movies, life size snow globe photo opportunity, and entertainment. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 12/21-23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 12/24, CLOSED 12/25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 12/26-28, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. 12/29 (Doors re-open for Winter Jam with Night Storm, 7-10 p.m.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 12/30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 12/31 (Doors re-open at 6:30 p.m. for Radio Disney’s Family Fun New Year’s Eve). www.milwaukeewinterfest.com
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, Dec. 31; Bradley Center. 1 & 6 p.m. games, a traditional family event on New Year’s Eve. 85th season of high-flying basketball entertainment. See KeyMilwaukee.com Sports.
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