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December What's Up Guide

Poinsettias at The Domes

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Your quick guide to events and programs coming up in Milwaukee County Parks.

Winter Wonders Drive-Through Holiday Light Display

Winter Wonders

Drive-Through Holiday Light Display

Enjoy a 1.4-mile drive through a serene wooded setting to see a show featuring multiple display techniques from around the world including 2D and 3D displays, animated displays and theatrical lighting giving washes of color to trees of the Arboretum. All seen from the comfort of your car!

Nov. 29 – Jan. 1, at area surrounding Boerner Botanical Gardens, Whitnall Park, Root River Parkway

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David HB Drake Holiday Concert at The Domes

Holiday Floral Garden Show,
Holiday Music & Shopping

See traditional holiday displays in a setting filled with flowers, including thousands of poinsettias! Don't miss the live holiday music performance (included with Domes admission), and if you're still looking for a unique present, stop at The Friends' "Gifts Under Glass" gift shop! 

Floral Show Through Jan. 5, at The Domes
Gifts Under Glass, open daily

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Holiday Concert: David HB Drake, Dec. 15

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Holiday Golf Sale at Currie Golf Pro Shop

Holiday Golf Sale

Get great deals on golf gifts including clubs, gear and Milwaukee County Parks gift cards. BONUS: Get $20 of free golf when you purchase a $100 golf gift card. 

Specials available:
Nov. 29 – Dec. 23, at Currie Golf Clubhouse
Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, online giftcard sales (also at Parks Administration)

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Holiday Gift Fair With Santa

Skip the holiday shopping madness at the mall and enjoy a relaxed morning with Santa and music with Gnorman the Gnome. Find unique gifts from dozens of local artists!

Dec. 1, at Boerner Botanical Gardens Atrium

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Find More Santa Sightings!

Giving Tuesday

Cyber Monday

Shop Parks For Good

Parks-inspired t-shirts, posters by local artists, beer-gardening items, and tote bags are among the merchandise available at the online store. All sales help fund future Milwaukee County Parks projects!

Shop & Do Good!

Giving Tuesday

Support Your Favorite Park

Join the movement and support the community! Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a great time to support the Parks through one of our Friends groups!

Support a Parks Friends Group!

Milwaukee Power Hockey

Milwaukee Power Hockey

Cheer on The Milwaukee Power, a local junior hockey team in the NA3HL. Catch a home game at the Wilson Ice Arena.

Dec. 6 & 11, at Wilson Ice Arena

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New Year's Eve Youth Hockey Camp

Hockey players born between 2004-2012 are invited to improve their skills at the Milwaukee Power's youth camp.

Dec. 30 & 31, at Wilson Ice Arena

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Homemade Holidays at Wehr Nature Center

Homemade Holidays

Why stress at the mall in search of a present when your children can spend the time creating handmade gifts for the special people in their lives? Take your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, the kids on the block or scout group to create treasures from natural, recycled and repurposed objects.

Dec. 7, at Wehr Nature Center

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Wreaths & Wassail

Wreaths & Wassail

Turn invasive bittersweet into a holiday wreath…
while you enjoy a tasty hot beverage!

Enjoy some merrymaking with friends and family while you decorate a holiday wreath. The wreath, made from invasive bittersweet harvested from Wehr, is now ready for you to add your holiday touch! 

Dec. 7, at Wehr Nature Center

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Run Santa Run at Veterans Park

Holiday-Themed Fun Runs

Register to run as Santa, an Elf or the Abominable Snowman! Enjoy holiday music and stops for treats. You can also fulfill your 2019 resolution by running a chip-timed 5K or 10K on New Year's Eve day!

Santa Hustle
Dec. 8, at Veterans Park

Run Santa Run
Dec. 22, at Veterans Park

Run into the New Year
Dec. 31, start: City Lights Brewing 


Mariachi Infantil performs at The Domes Dec. 14, 2019

Mariachi Infantil Concert

Gather the family to enjoy a holiday concert of Latin American folk music and to see the holiday floral show at The Domes! Members of Mariachi Infantil, one of the Latino Arts Strings ensembles, are musical and cultural ambassadors! Concert included with Domes admission.

Dec. 14, at The Domes

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Candlelight Walk at Riverside Park

Candlelight Walks

Celebrate the winter solstice! Take a guided stroll down luminary-lit paths and enjoy stops along the way for readings of seasonal poetry and prose. Back at the Center warm yourself by the fire and enjoy music, snacks and hot chocolate.

Dec. 14, at Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park

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Skating at Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park

Ice Skating Downtown

We'll be building the ice for the 2019-2020 season as soon as the weather allows. You'll skate for free when you bring your own skates, or you can rent skates from us!

December, date TBA, at Red Arrow Park

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Winter Farmers Market at The Domes Annex

Gifts From the Winter Farmers Market

Shop local, all winter! More than 50 vendors sell local foods, gifts and more, Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parking and entry to the market are free. Use the free Veggie Valet to check your veggies while you explore The Domes (admission required). 

Through March 28, at the Mitchell Park Domes Annex

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New Year's Eve Family Night at The Domes

New Year's Eve Family Celebration

Ring in the New Year at this family-friendly special event that includes live music, magic, light shows, balloon twisting, face painting, a DJ dance party AND the Big Balloon Drop at 9 p.m.!

Dec. 31, at The Domes & Annex

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Giant Octupus Kite at Cool Fool Kite Festival at Veterans Park

Cool Fool Kite Festival & Ice Carving Competition

Head to the lakefront on New Year's Day to see the annual, free kite festival, with giant-sized kites, kite lessons, ice carving and free hot cocoa!

Jan. 1, Veterans Park

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Cocoa with the Clauses

Santa Sightings

Events Especially for the Kids



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