Christmas in the Ward 

Friday, December 1, 2023 | 5:30 to 8:30pm | Catalano Square


Shop the Ward 

Dec. 2-23, 2023

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Photos by Eric Halverson

2022 Entertainment Schedule

5:30: Milwaukee Police Band

6:05: Town Bank Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:25: Bach Chamber Choir

6:45: Skylight Music Theatre

7:05: Physicians Realty Trust Fireworks

7:25: The Don Linke Trio presents selections from A Charlie Brown Christmas

6:30-8:30: Santa in Jolly’s Outdoor Gingerbread House!

** All times and entertainment subject to change.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join “Milwaukee’s Christmas Station” 95.7FM WRIT’s afternoon drive personality Hannah as she emcees the tree lighting and leads you in celebration.

Santa Visits Jolly's Gingerbread House
Kids of all ages can visit with Santa and let him know what's on their Christmas list. A $5 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities is suggested.

Cookie Sale
Yum! Holiday Cookies! Buy one or buy a dozen! All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. A special thanks to our cookie sponsors! Cash or card accepted!

Hot chocolate will be available to warm you up. Plus, adults can choose to indulge in our famous Cocoa Cocktails and — new for this year — mulled wine, courtesy of Cafe Benelux. Cash or card accepted!

We're partnering with our friends at The Explorium Brewpub to serve you local brews, crafted right here in the Historic Third Ward! Cash or credit accepted!

Third Ward restaurants will be serving festive fare and kid-friendly food trucks Hot Box Pizza, Press Waffles, Twisted Plants and Meat on the Street will be on-site at Catalano Square. See all the neighborhood dining options.

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Photos by Front Room Photography and Eric Halverson

Live Reindeer
Join us as we welcome Mrs. Claus and her reindeer back to Catalano Square. 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...

Physicians Realty Trust Fireworks
A rare winter fireworks display will dazzle your senses as the rockets' red glare bursts into life over the Milwaukee River.

Sing and dance along while you enjoy performances by plenty of local entertainers.

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

Event Parking
Park your vehicle for just $10 in either of the Historic Third Ward parking structures on Friday, December 2, 2022 after 5pm. Structures are located at 212 N. Milwaukee Street and 225 E. Chicago Street. Cash or card accepted!

Shop the Ward
Don’t forget to Shop the Ward this holiday season! Follow us on Instagram, as we’ll be giving away gift cards to local retailers EVERYDAY Dec. 3-23.

See all the neighborhood retailers.

Arts and Culture
Looking for more ways to celebrate the season? Take in a holiday performance or shop for art at neighborhood art galleries and studios. See all the Third Ward performing arts groups and galleries.



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