December Events in Milwaukee

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Milwaukee--Wisconsin's largest city--is always a busy city, but things really get crazy during the holidays. From skating at Red Arrow Park in the downtown area to catching one of the great holiday shows at a local performing-arts theatre, there are tons of events to keep everyone busy until 2017.

Looking for Santa? Read this Santa Sighting Guide for details on where to find him.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

When: November 17 - January 1

What: festive light displays downtown

Where: various downtown parks

Cost: free


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

When: November 25 - December 31

What: classic holiday film brought to life on stage

Where: Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St.

Cost: $40 - $120

Contact: (414) 273-7121


Milwaukee Repertory Theater: A Christmas Carol

When: November 28 - December 24

What: a beloved holiday classic

Where: Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St.

Cost: $20 - $65

Contact: (414) 224-9490


Slice of Ice - Skating Season at Red Arrow Park

When: November 29 - spring thaw

What: a Milwaukee winter tradition

Where: Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water St.

Cost: $8 for skate rental, free with your own skates

Contact: (414) 289-8791


Christmas in the Ward

When: December 1 & 2

What: a neighborhood shopping and holiday celebration

Where: throughout the Third Ward

Cost: free


Milwaukee Ballet: The Nutcracker

When: December 10 - 27

What: with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Milwaukee Children’s Choir

Where: Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St.

Cost: $30 - $75

Contact: (414) 273-7206