Best Christmas Events in Milwaukee, WI: Explore the Best the City Has to Offers for the Holidays

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year! As you make your gift shopping list, prepare holiday menus, and decorate your home, it’s important to make time to get out and have a bit of family fun. Whether you’re looking at lights, taking in a show, or listening to festive music, making memories is what the season is all about. So, here are a few Christmas events in Milwaukee, WI, that you can attend close to Christmas Day. 

Noel Indoor Light Park & Christmas Market

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Sometimes you need to maximize your time during the holidays by going to one event that does it all. And Noel Indoor Light Park & Christmas Market is just that! Not only can you do your holiday shopping in the holiday market section, but you can get food and drink while on site. There are also millions of lights to enjoy, from larger-than-life light structures to animated displays throughout one of the best Christmas events in Milwaukee, WI.

Children will enjoy seeing Santa and princesses, playing interactive games, and having their faces painted. There is also live entertainment to cap off the festivities! Be sure to make Noel — one of the best Milwaukee Christmas events — the highlight of your season. Noel runs through January 2nd, so there is plenty of time (even after Christmas!) to enjoy this festival of lights.

Potted Potter

Ok, we get that Harry Potter doesn’t quite fit in with quintessential Milwaukee Christmas events, but we just couldn’t resist! For a limited time (from December 21st-January 2nd), you can see a show that encompasses all of the Harry Potter series’ seven books in just seventy minutes. It’s a fun way to get a hilarious synopsis of the stories, especially for someone unfamiliar with the books. The official name is Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, and it’s a must-see for Potter enthusiasts and novices alike.

Milwaukee Ballet’s The Nutcracker

ballet performance

Not only does the music of The Nutcracker encompass the holiday season, but you can see the tale brought to life on stage. Watch Clara as she dreams and discovers wonder in a nutcracker. The story, coupled with the beauty of dance performed by the Milwaukee Ballet, is an enjoyable part of the season. There are several dates to catch this show until December 26th, so book a day when the whole family can attend this one of our Christmas events in downtown Milwaukee.

The Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Many know and love the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas. It has such familiar music that evokes a sense of the holidays in a childlike way. Bring those feelings to life by watching The Comercialists perform The Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This event is one night only on December 23rd, yet there are two showings to fit everyone in to enjoy the tunes. 

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum from afar

The Milwaukee Art Museum is an art piece itself. Depending on when you see the building, it’s in a constant state of flux as it was designed to open and close its lovely bird-like arms throughout the day. And that’s just on the outside! The inside is bursting with gorgeous displays and installations, and they are open on Christmas Eve (and other times, of course!) so that out-of-town family and friends can appreciate the works inside. The museum may be one of the unexpected Christmas events in Milwaukee, WI, but all ages can enjoy the gorgeous paintings, sculptures, and other works of art at the museum. They’re open 10 am-3 pm on Christmas Eve and regular hours on December 26th.

Winter Wonders at Boerner Botanical Gardens

The Boerner Botanical Gardens invite you to celebrate the wonder of the season at their drive-through holiday light show. The Boerner Arboretum and Whitnall Park are filled with over one million LED lights on a 1.5-mile driving route. Winter Wonders will also have holiday bag giveaways, and Santa is along the drive so that children can wave and send him Christmas wishes. Keep the holiday spirit going, as this event doesn’t close until January 2nd.

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