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Milwaukee's 86th Annual Holiday Parade

Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
From website: Johnson Controls volunteers will be collecting your non-perishable food items along the route to benefit the Hunger Task Force's Food For Families. Please help Hunger Task Force and Johnson Controls make a difference this holiday season

For more information, click here.

Milwaukee County Zoo

Breakfast and Lunch with Santa
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
Breakfast is served on Saturdays only at 9 a.m.; Lunch is at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
Tickets are $13 per child or adult; children 2 and under are $5.

For more details, click here.

Milwaukee Public Museum

Lighting of the Whale
Friday, Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m.
Free with admission
From website - Spend “Black Friday” at the Museum and witness a most unusual holiday tradition -- the lighting of the massive humpback whale skeleton that hangs over the Grand Staircase. Museum officials will pull a gigantic lever to light the whale and officially begin the holiday season.

European Holiday Village Comes Alive
Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free with admission
From website - Stroll the decorated European Village and step back in time to a turn-of-the-century holiday. See the traditional décor of European families during a walk through the decorated European village. The whale skeleton over the grand staircase will also be lit up with holiday lights.

Museum storytelling - The Christmas Tree Ship Story

Friday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free with admission
From website - Hear a salty rendition of "The Night Before Christmas" told beneath the lighted whale suspended above the Museum's Grand Staircase.

For more information, click here.

Milwaukee Public Library

Build your own Gingerbread House
From website - Listen to the story of the gingerbread man and create your own miniature gingerbread house. Registration required, please call (414) 286-3011 or register online at www.mpl.org or stop in at any Milwaukee Public Library.

Dates and times vary depending on library branch. For more information, click here.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Fine Arts Society Holiday Luncheon
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 11:30 a.m.
Reservations necessary.

For more information, click here.

Live Music: Pius XI High School Madrigal Singers
Sunday, Dec. 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Holiday Tea and Tour
Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
From website - Indulge in the English tradition of afternoon tea, together with a docent-led tour of the exhibition Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London.

Space is limited; reserve your seat by Monday, Nov. 5. For more information, click here.

Gallery Talk: A Christmas Story with Barbara Brown Lee
Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m.
From website - Celebrate the art of the season with Chief Educator Barbara Brown Lee, as she shares stories from religious works in the galleries, including the Neapolitan crèche.

For more information, click here.

Discovery World

Holiday Artisan Market 2012
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From website - Shop for unique, handmade goods and support local artisans. Admissions to the Market is FREE!

For more information, click here: www.discoveryworld.org/artisans.php

The Domes
Let it Snow - Holiday Show
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 - Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013
From website - Snowboys and snowgirls keep their cool this holiday season. Sleighing, sledding, and having fun, these snowkids play throughout the poinsettia-filled scene. A large tree decorated with snowflakes, icicles, and snowmen is the centerpiece of the show.

For more information, click here: http://county.milwaukee.gov/FloralShowampEventSc10360.htm

Holiday Music Performances
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Musical acts vary. For more information, click here: http://county.milwaukee.gov/FloralShowampEventSc10360.htm

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater

A Christmas Carol
Thursday, Nov. 29 - Monday, Dec. 24
From website - The ultimate holiday tradition returns again for its 37th year! Dickens' classic masterpiece will delight and brighten your holiday season with beautiful carols and a timeless message of hope, peace, love, and the true meaning of the holidays. Bring the whole family and join in a tradition that has been delighting audiences for generations!

For ticket information and performance times, click here:
http://www.milwaukeerep.com/season/carol.html

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

The Irish Tenors
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $38 - $78

For more information, click here.

The Second City: Dysfunctional Holiday Revue
Thursday, Dec. 6 - Sunday, Dec. 16

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Jim Brickman’s On A Winter’s Night
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $37 - $72

For more information, click here.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Friday, Nov. 23 - Sunday, Nov. 25; Friday, Nov. 30 - Sunday, Dec. 2; Friday, Dec. 7 - Sunday, Dec. 9; Wednesday, Dec. 12 - Sunday, Dec. 16; Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Monday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 27 - Sunday, Dec. 30
Times vary, see site for details
Tickets: $18 - $25

For more information, click here.

Holiday Pajama Jamboree
Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free
From website - FCS welcomes special guests, Vocal Arts Academy of MIlwaukee children’s choir, for a concert of holiday favorites and a sing-along of well-known carols. Those who wish may bring a nonperishable food donations for Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force.

For more information, click here.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9; Friday, Dec. 14 - Sunday, Dec. 16; Thursday, Dec. 20 - Monday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 26
Times vary, see site for details
Tickets: $29 - $74

For more information, click here.

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