Thursday, November 24, 2016

See Santa in a Park

What could be more fun than taking the kids to see Santa in a park? Think roasted chestnuts, hot cocoa, and beautifully decorated trees. Here are some upcoming events where you will have photo ops with the red suited guy and his wife.

Christmas in the Ward features Santa in Catalano Square with Mrs Claus and her reindeer. You can take a carriage ride, buy cookies, or do some shopping while strolling through the Third ward.  This event is December 2-3. See the website for a full schedule of music and other entertainment.

The city will be filled with biking Santas on December 3rd for the Santa Rampage.  If you're a cyclist, get out your costume and ride.  Or if you prefer, drive to one of the stops on the route to enjoy costumes and fantastically decorated bikes. The ride ends at Lakefront Brewery at 1030, so you could definitely find them there and then walk across the river to the Swing Park. That's a lot of fun no matter what the weather.
The Santa Rampage includes hundreds of cyclists dressed in red
North Point Lighthouse at Lake Park will host Santa on Sundays, Dec 4, 11, and 18, from 12-4 PM. Purchase tickets at their website. Cost is $8 adults and $5 for seniors and children age 5-11. Younger children are free.

Santa under Glass is the name of the event at Mitchell Park Domes.  All three of the domes are open again. Santa and the little missus will be there Sunday, December 4, 12-3. And additionally December 10 and 17.

Head over to Boerner Botanical Gardens for their Holiday Gift Fair with Santa Claus. December 4 from 10-2. Admission is free. You can do brunch for the regular price. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots, and get $5 off brunch. There will be lots of unique, high quality gifts for sale from local artists.

Cocoa with the Clauses will be held at Cathedral Square December 10. 11-2. Free cocoa and cookies. Local restaurants will have meal specials.  Be sure to stop in at Classy Girl Cupcakes while you're there too.

A Very Merry Milwaukee is the Milwaukee County Historical Society's event, held in their beautiful building at Pere Marquette Park. Sunday December 11. 10-3. Admission is free.  Hear Mrs. Claus read stories and see the Milwaukee holiday treasures and traditions display. $7 gets you a photo with Santa.

The Milwaukee Zoo hosts breakfast and lunch with Santa, though they sell out in advance.  Take action today, and you may be able to get a lunchtime seating with Santa during December.  Or just visit the zoo for free December 3rd.

Red Arrow Park will host Santa at Holiday Hoopla on December 21 from 4-7 PM. Rent skates and do a few laps with the new penguins, useful for beginners to maintain balance. Live music. Free drink samples for all and goodie bags to the first 100 guests.

For a comprehensive calendar of 2016 holiday events, go to the 2016 Everything Holiday Event Calendar at Metroparent Magazine. 
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