Theater and Dance
Featuring the local talents of Josh Krause, Raeleen McMillion and Kat Wodtke, this holiday show tells the story of staunchly religious Clara Nowak and her children – daughter Ruth shakes things up for the family. Running Nov. 22 through Dec. 17 at Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre (158 N. Broadway)
Twenty of twenty-three theater troupe members come down with food poisoning, leaving only three of them to perform their musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. The show must go on in this fast-paced musical, running Dec. 1 through Jan. 7 at Tenth Street Theater (628 N. Tenth St.)
Over the course of 40-plus years, the Rep has gone through a number of Scrooges in this holiday classic. This year, Jonathan Wainwright becomes the twelfth actor to take on the role for the Rep. Running Nov. 29 through Dec. 24 at the Pabst Theater (144 E. Wells St.).
For one night only, a dozen dancers take the stage alongside a DJ and electric violinist, re-mixing Tchaikovsky’s traditional score and setting the story in contemporary New York City. The show comes to the Riverside Theater (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on Dec. 7.
For a more local Nutcracker experience, see the Milwaukee Ballet perform the holiday classic Dec. 9–Dec. 26. The Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s score, and more than 200 dancers take the stage to tell the story of Clara, Fritz and Marie.
Milwaukee’s premier independent choral organization will perform three concerts Dec. 8-10 at the historic St. Josaphat Basilica (2333 S. Sixth St.). Organist Kevin Bailey will accompany the choir, directed by Richard Hynson.
Presenting one of the world’s most cherished musical works, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform at three different venues – St. Mary Catholic Faith Community, the Cathedral of St. John and St. Josaphat Basilica – between Dec. 13-17.
Milwaukee’s very own LGBT and LGBT-affirming chorus presents their “A Grown Up Christmas Wish List” Christmas concert at Plymouth UCC Church (2717 Hampshire St.) Dec. 9 and 10.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings holiday hits like “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” and “Christmas Canon” to the BMO Harris Bradley Center (1001 N. Fourth) on Dec. 29.
As part of a series of holiday events, the Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.) gives families the opportunity to enjoy a jolly breakfast with Santa himself Saturdays during the month of December.
The Milwaukee County Zoo (10001 W. Bluemound Rd.) offers opportunities for families to enjoy the company of Santa and Mrs. Claus Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. Tickets include admission to the zoo as well as breakfast, featuring live Christmas carols and Racine Danish Kringles.
Make sure to drop a letter for Santa off in Community Spirit Park in Cathedral Square (520 E. Wells St.). Don’t forget to leave a return address, because every child will receive a personalized letter back from the big guy himself.
This winter children get a chance to send off letters to Santa and watch elves at work making toys at the Mitchell Park Domes (524 S. Layton Blvd.). Come see the special holiday flower-filled displays and a 25-foot tall holiday tree. Nov. 18-Jan. 7.
Events for Everyone
Every year, the historic Pabst Mansion (2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.) gets a holiday makeover and opens three floors to visitors. Children ages 16 and under can tour free. Nov. 17-Jan. 7.
Lace up and burn some energy this winter season at Red Arrow Park. Participate in this downtown Milwaukee tradition, named after the 32nd Red Arrow Division of the US Army, at 920 N. Water St. from Nov. 29 until spring arrives.
Walk the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Public Museum (800 W. Wells St.), adorned with holiday touches of garland, wreaths and ribbons. To enjoy a holiday tour of the exhibition led by “Granny Hannah” guests can download a “Deck the Streets” app starting Nov. 17. Runs through Jan. 29.
Take in the hotel’s 23rd-floor views of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan while enjoying a table-side tea blending and silver service by a Pfister Tea Butler. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 1 at the Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.). More information and reservations available online or at 414-935-5950.
With “Christmosas” and Fireball hot toddies, Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Monarch Lounge (506 W. Wisconsin Ave.) offers a seasonal Christmas drink list this season. Attend ugly sweater parties Fridays from Nov. 24-Dec. 22
The Kimpton Journeymans’ rooftop bar (310 E. Chicago St.) transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with lights, decorations and holiday cocktails, like “How the gimlet Stole Christmas.“
One mile, twelve bars, 5,280 feats of strength. All runners receive a winter scarf, a Festivus pole medal and a free beer at any of twelve participating Brady Street bars – not to mention an additional beer at the half-mile turn-around point. “Feats of Strength” competitions in participating bars begin at 9:30 p.m.