6 Cultural Events You Won’t Want to Miss This December

Make the most of Milwaukee’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene this month.

1. John Wilde: “Love and Death”

DEC. 2-31 | TORY FOLLIARD GALLERY 

John Wilde (1919-2006) was a famed Wisconsin artist and major influence in surrealistic painting. His work was part of the  magical realism movement. This exhibition showcases his paintings and drawings from 1940-2006. 

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert

DEC. 2-4 | THE RIVERSIDE THEATER

Hear Hogwarts come to life at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s next concert. The world-class musicians perform the score live as the movie plays, bringing both the music and the movie to life. Read our review of the MSO’s movie nights, here

Photo courtesy of MSO

3. The Nutcracker

DEC. 10-24 | MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

It’s your last chance to see this version of Milwaukee Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Next year, the ballet’s artistic director Michael Pink will be introducing new choreography to the show – so catch this iteration of the stunning holiday tradition while you still can. 

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Ballet

 

UNITY AWARDS EVENT

Join Milwaukee Magazine and Quad for the third-annual Unity Awards Event on March 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at GATHER in the Deer District.


4. phil kline’s Unsilent Night

DEC. 14 | SAINT KATE – THE ARTS HOTEL

This is Present Music’s second annual post-modern holiday “caroling” event. Join Present Music as they take boomboxes and smartphones around the city to create a “sound sculpture” by Phil Kline. Every participant is given an audio track to play while roaming Milwaukee’s streets. This one’s free, and you can grab hot chocolate or a cocktail at Saint Kate afterward. 

5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

THROUGH DEC. 24 | TODD WEHR THEATER

Every year, First Stage brings a holiday production to life for families. This year’s show is Rudolph, and it tells the tale of everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer. With fun costumes, nostalgic songs and beloved characters, the show brings holiday magic to children and adults alike. 

Emily Honigman, Karen Estrada, Ashley Oviedo, Tommy Novak (as Sam the Snowman) and cast in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER™: THE MUSICAL. First Stage, 2022. Photo by Paul Ruffolo.

6. Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

DEC. 31 | TURNER HALL BALLROOM 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a little Americana. This traditional “hootenanny” is back for the first time since 2018, and the band is also celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is fresh off of the release of Midnights in Blue and they’ll be performing songs from the new album. 


 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine’s December issue.

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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.