16 Things To Do This Weekend: Dec. 20-23

Get in one last festive weekend before Christmas.

Holiday Parties

Holiday Game Party

Stop by The Backyard this Friday, December 21, for a night of drinks and games — pool, darts and golden tee will be free all night, and other games will be available as well.


Gather around the Festivus Pole at Great Lakes Distillery this Sunday, December 23, for the airing of grievances, feats of strength, Festivus-themed food and gag gifts.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Karaoke Party

Break out your ugly Christmas sweaters and get ready to sing this Friday, December 21, at Werd Bar. Too nervous to sing? Drink specials are available all night to help give you the liquid confidence you need.


Another Very Burnhearts Holiday Party

This Thursday, December 20, Burnhearts Creepy Santa returns, and the first 100 people who sit on his lap will get a present. All money raised at the bar will benefit Voces de la Frontera.

Creepy Santa
Photo courtesy of Burnhearts

Milwaukee’s Premier Holiday Wine Tasting

Sample over 100 wines at Black Swan MKE this Thursday, December 20, sponsored by the Corvina Wine Company. Be sure to taste as many of the hand-selected wines as possible.


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This December 22-23, go to either the Times Cinema or the Avalon Atmospheric Theater to catch a showing of this timeless holiday movie.

Pundamonium Pun Slam

Feeling punny? Show off your skills this Friday, December 21, at Shank Hall in a slam-style pun contest.

Lil’ Rev and the Ukulele Sunshine Band

Escape your winter blues this Friday, December 21, with some upbeat ukulele tunes from Lil’ Rev and the Ukulele Sunshine Band at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn.

Holiday Ballroom Social

Ballroom Dancing
Photo courtesy of Jessica Sartori Wharton

Learn the waltz from a professional dance instructor this Friday, December 21. After the lesson, show off your skills, switch partners and dance the night away at Delaware House.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Mediumship Night

This Thursday, December 20, the Pasta Tree Restaurant and Wine Bar will be hosting mediums Emily Hall, Skully Sati, Renee Luna Bebeau and Jen Cintron. Emily can give you a reading in poem form, Skully can give you guidance, Renee can give you beautiful henna and Jen can give you a reading that balances the arts and sciences.


Holiday Celebration at Burnham Ice Rink

The Burnham-Roger Playfield is hosting a free ice-skating day this Saturday, December 22, with holiday music, hot cocoa and skates available to borrow for kids and adults.

Candy Cane Lane – Winter Solstice Fun Run

Start burning off the pounds you know you’ll be gaining this holiday season and meet at Gus Amann’s Bar this Saturday, December 22, for a run (or walk) through Candy Cane Lane.


Dickens Dinner

Victorian Carolers
Photo courtesy of Kelly Mallegni

Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit quite like a Christmas feast, carolers and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Bartolotta Catering at The Grain Exchange offers all of those, and you can experience this Victorian-style Christmas from December 19-22.

Nightmare Before Christmas: Gingerbread Workshop

Man Coloring
Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Adult Coloring Group

Build and decorate your own gingerbread house, then binge on pancakes and hot chocolate this Saturday, December 22, at Hotel Madrid.

Adult Coloring Party! Winter Solstice

Don’t let the name or location fool you: kids are welcome (and free!) to join in the coloring fun this Saturday, December 22, at Art Bar.

Day of Community Service

The holidays are all about giving back, so have your kids join Project Hope Youth Program this Saturday, December 22, to help make hygiene bags and wrap gifts for families in need.