Sunday, December 14, 2014

So Much Holiday Spirit!

There is so simply so much holiday spirit in Milwaukee this time of year.  I hope you find some time to enjoy the lights, music, outdoor displays and overall enchantment of the season.  It's easy to get swept away in gift giving lists and holiday "functions" that we can forget to enjoy the simple things.  Then....whoosh!  It's all over!

There's a great slide show currently running on the county parks website and just below it is a list of all upcoming events.  So be sure to check that. Don't feel bad if you missed out on some of the fun events that have been held, there are plenty more. Here's what I recommend before the season is over:

Get over to Cathedral Square and see the decorated trees that are done by community organizations and schools.  Remember when Christmas trees were much simpler and decked out with paper chains?  This will bring back some of that nostalgia.  Currently we're kind of lucky that there isn't a blanket of snow over everything, but I do hope we see some flakes for Christmas eve.  If you go at night, you can see thousands of lights in many colors.

Ride the Jingle Bus and see all the lights from the comfort of your seat.  Cost is $1.  The 40 minute trip is narrated by the Milwaukee downtown ambassadors who point out attractions as the bus takes you to see the holiday lights, both in the parks and on the streets.  Looking for easy parking?  Park for $3 at Grand Avenue Mall structure.  Then you can go inside the mall to see the singing bears and get your tickets.  The last bus ride will be December 28.  Rides run Thursday-Sunday from 6-9 PM.

Go ice skating at Red Arrow's Slice of Ice.  Do this at night if you can to fully enjoy all the Christmas trees that are lit and decorated.  Skating is free if you bring your own skates, but you can also rent them there.  They offer sharpening too, which makes skating much easier if you've had yours stuffed in a closet for a couple years.  Don't forget hot drinks and snacks in the Starbucks warming house.  The week AFTER Christmas is S'mores week.  You can sit around the campfire with sticks and roast marshmallows.  The park has kits for sale at $3 each which include everything you'll need to make the perfect s'more.

Enjoy flowers and maybe even some music at Mitchell Park Domes before January 4 when the Mele Kalikimaka holiday display will be replaced.  Here's a schedule of when you might find Santa and live music.  If you haven't done your photo greeting card yet, this is one of the best places in the city for gorgeous back drops.  Be sure to check out the gift shop for some Milwaukee themed items.

Learn more about Christmas past by stopping in at the Milwaukee Historical Society, located in Pere Marquette Park.  Admission is $5/$3.  They pulled out some real Milwaukee treasures and have them on display, and of course the building is simply amazing, no matter what's on display.

 BMO Harris Bank, located at 770 N. Water Street, continues the tradition started 42 years ago using Steiff stuffed animals to create a holiday display at their lobby.  This year's theme is The Nutcracker.  It's simply delightful, as usual.  They donate $5 to Feeding America for every visitor who comes this season.  You also get a free candy cane.

If you don't mind a drive, pile into your car to see Candy Cane Lane in West Allis.  Be prepared to wait in traffic as this draws a crowd.  If the weather is fairly nice, you can always park a couple blocks away and walk the route.  They accept and encourage donations which go to the MACC fund. There's also a creative Nightmare Before Christmas themed neighborhood in Bayview.  The link takes you to the Facebook page that tells you more about the project.  No matter what you decide to do, enjoy the season!
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