Christmas in Milwaukee is a special time of year, with lots of festive activities & events to help you get into the holiday spirit!

Whether you are looking to start new family Christmas traditions or partake in old ones, browse our interactive map & calendar for Milwaukee Christmas events, holiday light displays and kid-friendly Christmas shows near you. Find out where you can go ice skating or cut your own Christmas tree, too, for even more seasonal family fun.

What are your family's favorite things to do for Christmas in Milwaukee? Like & review your picks below, and add any that are still missing!

    Christmas Carnival of Lights

     (767.7 mi)


    Lisa R:  One mile of Christmas lights take families on a journey past beloved holiday characters and heartwarming winter scenes. The road ends at Santa's coffee shop and workshop where you can get out of your car, warm up with hot drinks, and take care of some last minute holiday shopping. Santa will be on hand for photos throughout most of December. You can also consider booking a seat in Santa's sleigh or in a limo golf cart.

    Santa's Mailbox in Cathedral Square

     (772.3 mi)


    Lisa R:  Fast track letters to the North Pole at the Santa Mailbox in Cathedral Square. Kids can drop off their letters with no postage needed. Every letter with a return address will receive a personalized letter in return. No need to add your own stamp.

    Pabst Mansion - Self Guided Holiday Tour

     (774.3 mi)

    Mon - Sat opens at 10 am, Sun opens at 11 am

    Last entry at 3:15 pm, daily

    $18/adults, $11/child

    Lisa R:  A Milwaukee holiday tradition! With unique decorations every year, this grand exhibition offers an ever-changing feast for your eyes. Open every day for guests to explore each festive room. Perfect for those from one to ninety-two, enjoy this time with family and friends at the Mansion as you enjoy the elegantly decorated interiors.

    Mitchell Park Domes - The Domes Holiday Show

     (774.6 mi)

    Lisa R:  Enjoy the traditional holiday floral show with staples such as pointsettias, amaryllis, single stem white mums (resembling snow balls), snow white pop mums and cycalmen. You will also see some non traditional color among the classics such as bright pink poinsettias and lime green amaryllis.

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