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Historic Third Ward Events - 2013
25th annual Christmas in the Ward - December 6 and 7
Christmas in the Ward Schedule:


Join Dave Murphy from Oldies 95.7 Milwaukee's Christmas Station as he hosts the 25th Annual Christmas in the Ward Tree Lighting Ceremony!

5pm                    Milwaukee Police Band

5-8pm                Mrs. Claus and her LIVE Reindeer

5-8pm               Cookie Bake Sale, Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire,

                            Hot Chocolate & Cocoa Cocktails for the adults

5:30-8pm          Costumed Characters

5:30-8pm          Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

5:40pm             Official Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Tom Barrett

6pm                   Trinity Irish Dancers

6-8pm               Visit Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House

6:15pm             Bartolotta Fireworks over the river

6:30pm             Salvation Army Brass Ensemble

7pm                   Milwaukee Ukulele Club

7:30pm             Sussex Hamilton A Cappella Choir


10pm-6pm      Shop Local - Shop the Ward for your Holiday Gifts

12-2pm            Visit Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House

12-2pm            Costumed Characters, Mrs. Claus & her LIVE Reindeer,

                          Cookie Bake Sale and Hot Chocolate.

12-2pm            Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

4-6pm              Visit Santa in Jolly's Gingerbread House


Receive a cookie and tell Santa what you want for Christmas.  Have your picture taken with Santa for a $5.00 donation or bring your own camera. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

House Hours:

Dec 6 ~ 6-8pm

Dec 7 ~ Noon-2pm, 4-6pm

Dec 13 ~ 5-7pm

Dec 14 ~ 5-7pm


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 - click here for specials! 

Take a break from shopping and the festivities to enjoy some festive fare or even brunch with Santa at local Third Ward Restuarants!  Click here for specials.


Join us Friday at Catalano Square as we gather around the Christmas tree and enjoy some spectacular holiday music from the Milwaukee Police Band, Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, Milwaukee Ukulele Group, and Sussex Hamilton A Cappella Choir and the Trinity Irish Dancers.


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 be roasting on an open fire. Third Ward restaurants will be serving festive fare and food trucks will be at Catalano Square. Click here for Festive Fare specials!


Commemorative Travel Mug
Keep the holiday spirit alive with a commemorative Christmas in the Ward 25th Anniversary travel mug! Get yours on Friday or Saturday at Catalano Square during event hours for $6. Limited quantities available. 

Not able to make it? Visit the Historic Third Ward Office at 219 N. Milwaukee St., 3rd Floor, to purchase a mug.


Cookie Sale

Friday, December 6 ~ 5pm-8pm

Saturday, December 7 ~ Noon-2pm

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

                        A special thanks to our cookie sponsors!

                  The Art Institute of Wisconsin, Canfora Bakery,
         Colectivo Coffee, C. Adam's Bakery, Patricia O'Brien & Co.,
                         Whole Foods Market, Wild Flour Bakery,

        Milwaukee Cupcake Company, and Outpost Natural Foods.


Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Friday 5:30pm - 8pm and Saturday 12 - 2pm.

Board at the northeast corner of Broadway and Chicago.

$3 Adult, $1 Child (12 and under).  Holiday music by Sigmund Snopek.


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

Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 12-2pm

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...


Window Decorating Contest



Vote for your favorite retailer window beginning on Friday, December 6.  Voting will end on Sunday, December 22 at midnight.  Winners will be posted online Monday, December 23.  May the best window win!


Find your perfect Christmas tree in Catalano Square.  Choose from Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir or White Pine.  Sizes 4ft to 10ft.  Prices range from $25 to $60.  Call 414.220.9600 to pre-order or stop by the park during the following times:

                         NEW! SHOP EARLY DAYS

      Sat, Nov 30 ~ 10am-8pm                    Sun, Dec 1 ~ 10am-7pm

      Fri, Dec 6 ~ 3pm-9pm                          Sat, Dec 14 ~ 10am-7pm

      Sat, Dec 7 ~ 10am-7pm                      Sun, Dec 15 ~ 10am-5pm

      Sun, Dec 8 ~ 11am-6pm


$5 Parking Friday Evening

Park your vehicle in either of the Historic Third Ward parking structures for just $5 on Friday, December 6 after 5pm and Saturday, December 7 from 10am-6pm. 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







                  Milwaukee Public Market

           The Salvation Army



Neighborhood Sponsors


Bella Caffe


Whole Foods Market

Canfora Bakery

Outpost Natural Foods

Wild Flour Bakery


Milwaukee Cupcake Company

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