10 Things to Do in Milwaukee This Holiday Weekend: Dec 23-31 25


1. Christmas dinner at ARIA

FRIDAY FROM 2 PM TO 8 PM | SAINT KATE – THE ART HOTEL

Savor a vacation-inspired, home-cooked Midwestern meal at ARIA at Saint Kate Arts Hotel. The festive menu includes a three-course meal including chicken and meatball soup, Caesar salad, roast prime rib with herbs, or an 8 oz side dish. filet, whipped Yukon potatoes, Tuscan kale cream and, for dessert, eggnog creme brulee. Reservations are required and can be made at 414-270-4422 or online at Open Table.

2. Christmas at the Iron Horse Hotel

FRIDAY FROM 7AM TO 11AM, SATURDAY FROM 7AM TO 2PM | IRON HORSE HOTEL

Cozy up in the library by a roaring log fire and surround yourself with vintage-inspired holiday decor at the Iron Horse Hotel during their Christmas specials this weekend. Christmas Day Brunch will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature prime rib and eggs as well as bottomless mimosa and a Bloody Mary basket in addition to their regular brunch menu. Reservations can be made by calling 414-831-4677 or by visiting Open Table online.

3. Christmas brunch at the Pfister

SATURDAY FROM 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM | THE PFISTER HOTEL

Brunch in the Pfister’s “elegantly decorated” ballroom on Christmas morning will include complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary and a full buffet. The buffet offers an assortment of fresh seafood, Wisconsin cheeses, carved meats, made-to-order omelets, holiday salads and entrees, customizable pasta and more. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 414-935-5850 or 877-704-5320.

4. Gambling

SATURDAY AT 1:30 PM | FISERV AND NATIONAL TV FORUM

The Milwaukee Bucks face the Boston Celtics this weekend at home. Christmas Day games often feature some of the biggest clashes in the NBA and this game is no different. You can get tickets to the home game or catch it on ABC.

5. Sweater party and gift exchange

SUNDAY FROM 2 PM TO 6 PM | SUGAR MAPLE

Things will be festive at the Sugar Maple Sweater Party and Gift Exchange. All you have to do is wear a holiday sweater and bring a present. The opening of the gifts will take place at 3 p.m. The bar will serve flights of variations of the Fermentorium’s Weather Milk Stout Sweater.

6. Winter tour of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

SUNDAY AT 3 PM AND 7:30 PM | FISERV FORUM

Rock holiday classics with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as the group celebrates 25e anniversary of his flagship album Christmas Eve and other stories. The group will present their “multisensory extravaganza” at the Fiserv Forum at 3pm and 7.30pm on Sunday. Tickets for both shows are available on Ticketmaster.

7. Kwanzaa 2021: Opening & Traditional Ceremony

SUNDAY AT 3 PM | BLACK AND VIRTUAL HISTORIC SOCIETY OF WISCONSIN

Join the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum for the opening of Kwanzaa and traditional ceremonies this Sunday. This event is a space for celebration and reflection, and the Wisconsin Black Historical Society uses Kwanzaa “as a platform to discuss issues of the African American community.” There will be speakers, entertainment, dancing, percussion and vendors. This free program starts at 3 p.m. and doors open for the in-person event at 1 p.m. Register online here.

8. Watch a movie at the Oriental Theater

MULTIPLE SHOWS | ORIENTAL THEATER

Three new films open this weekend at the Oriental Theater: The lost girl, Red rocket and Licorice Pizza. It’s also the last weekend to see Wes Anderson The French dispatch. There’s no better time than a vacation to relax, snack on popcorn, and watch a good movie, so head to the Oriental and enjoy an independent movie while supporting a local theater.

9. Catch the last weekend of the Milwaukee vacation shows

MULTIPLE SHOWS | SEVERAL LOCATIONS

It’s the last weekend to enjoy the Milwaukee Ballet Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Socket A Christmas Carol in their last performance on Friday, and the last performances of A Charlie Brown Christmas and the Nutcracker are Sunday. All three shows still have tickets available on their websites for these final performances.

10. Way of the Candy Cane

ALL THE WEEKEND | ALLIS OF THE WEST

From 96th Street to 92nd Street and from Montana Avenue to Oklahoma Avenue in West Allis, you will find some of Milwaukee County’s most extreme Christmas decorations. It’s the last weekend to see the neighborhood light show. It’s a free experience but Santa Claus is there to collect donations for the MACC Fund, a good cause.






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