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Historic Third Ward Events - 2017
29th annual Christmas in the Ward - December 1 AND 2
Christmas in the Ward Schedule:



Milwaukee Police Band

5:30-8:30pm Mrs. Claus and her LIVE reindeer
5:30-8:30pm Cookie Bake Sale, Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Cocoa Cocktails for the adults
5:30-8:30pm Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
5:30-8:30pm Costumed Characters

Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:25pm Musical Performances
6:45pm Trinity Irish Dancers
6:30-8:30pm Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House!
7:05pm Fireworks over the river
7:25-8:30pm Musical Performances
All day!

Shop and Dine in the Third Ward!

Find holiday savings at all your favorite places!

12-2pm Joy to the World Carolers, all around the Ward! Join them at the Tree at 2:00 pm to enjoy more Holiday favorites!


More Updates Coming Soon!


Holiday Shopping, Events and Festive Fare

Get all of your holiday shopping done in the locally owned shops of the Historic Third Ward.  Find great savings and unique gifts at local retailers. See the full list here.


Holiday Refreshments

Hot chocolate and coffee will be available to warm you up.  Our famous Cocoa Cocktails will be on hand for the adults and chestnuts will roasting on an open fire.  Third Ward restaurants will be serving festive fare and food trucks will be at Catalano Square.


Cookie Sale

Friday, December 1 ~ 5:30-8:30pm

Yum! Holiday Cookies!  Buy one or buy a dozen!  All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

A special thanks to our cookie sponsors!


Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Friday, December 1 ~ 5:30-8:30pm

Board at the northeast corner of Broadway and Chicago.

$3 Adult, $1 Child (12 and under). 


ReindeerJoin us as we welcome Mrs. Claus and her reindeer back to Catalano Square.

Friday 5:30-8:30pm

Santa's elves will be on hand to answer questions like "do reindeer really fly?" And "is Rudolph's nose really red?"

You'll BELIEVE when you see them...


Costumed Characters

Kids will squeal with delight when they see Jolly & Ginger Gingerbread, and Frosty the Snowman!


$5 Event Parking

Park your vehicle in either of the Historic Third Ward parking structures for just $5 on Friday, December 1 after 5pm. Structures are located at 212 N. Milwaukee Street and 225 E. Chicago Street.

You can help make Christmas in the Ward happen. Donate today!





Christmas in the Ward


Physician's Realty Trust

Town Bank



Cornerstone Realtors

Mandel Group

The Salvation Army

LaMacchia Group


Eppstein Uhen Architects

Milwaukee Public Market




95.7 BIG FM


M Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine

Bent Tree Church

Herzfeld Foundation


Kimpton Journeyman Hotel

Pyramax Bank

Russ Darrow

Wisconsin Vision, LTD.

Whole Foods Market

Vino Third Ward




All proceeds from the Cookie Sale benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin.


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