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Historic Third Ward
Historic Third Ward Events - 2016
28th annual Christmas in the Ward - December 2 and 3
Christmas in the Ward Schedule:



Milwaukee Police Band

5:00-8:00pm Mrs. Claus and her LIVE reindeer
5:00-8:00pm Cookie Bake Sale, Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Cocoa Cocktails for the adults
5:00-8:00pm Horse-drawn Carriage Rides (board at Chicago & Broadway)
5:30-8:00pm Costumed Characters

Tree Lighting Ceremony

5:45pm Musical Performances
6:00pm Trinity Irish Dancers
6:00-8:00pm Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House!
6:45pm Bartolotta Fireworks over the river
6:30-8:00pm Musical Performances
10:00am-6:00pm Shop Local - Shop the Ward for you Holiday gifts!

Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House!

Costumed Characters

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides (board at Chicago & Broadway)


Joy to the World - Carolers from all corners of the city will fill the Ward with the music
of Christmas.

2:00pm Join the carolers around the Christmas tree at Catalano Square as they perform some holiday favorites.
4:00-6:00pm Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House

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 - Click here for specials!


Musical Performances

Join us Friday at Catalano Square as we gather around the Christmas tree and enjoy some spectacular holiday music from the Milwaukee Police Band, Highpoint Barbershop Quartet, Sussex Hamilton A Cappella Choir, and Sigmund Snopek.  At 6pm enjoy the lively steps of 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 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 2 ~ 5:00-8:00pm

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

A special thanks to our cookie sponsors!


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 2 ~ 6-8pm

Dec 3 ~ Noon-2pm, 4-6pm

Dec 9 ~ 5-7pm

Dec 10 ~ 5-7pm


Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Friday, December 2 ~ 5:00-8:00pm

Saturday, December 3 ~ Noon-2:00pm

Board at the northeast corner of Broadway and Chicago.

$3 Adult, $1 Child (12 and under). 

Holiday music by Cole Heinrich and Amanda J Hull.


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

Friday 5-8pm

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, Frosty the Snowman, and Captain Kettle!


And NEW to Christmas in the Ward, Saturday, December 3 - 90 carolers from all corners of the city (Bent Tree Church, Alleluia Singers (Men’s choir from Elmbrook Church), Eastbrook Church, MIAD, Hales Corner Lutheran School, Heritage Christian School (The Blaze), and Winds of the Spirit Church) will fill the Third Ward with the music of Christmas between 12-2pm, creating a festive atmosphere while you shop. Then at 2pm join the carolers around the Christmas tree in Catalano Square as they perform some holiday favorites!


Find your perfect Christmas tree in Catalano Square. Choose from Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir or White Pine. Sizes 4ft to 10ft. All prices and sizes available. Call 414.220.5012 to pre-order or stop by the
park during the following times:


Monday - Thursday 4pm to 8pm
Friday 2pm to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm


$5 Event Parking

Park your vehicle in either of the Historic Third Ward parking structures for just $5 on Friday, December 2 after 5pm and Saturday, December 3 from 10am-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






Bent Tree Church

La Macchia Group

Herzfeld Foundation


Russ Darrow

Tim & Debbie Costello

Two Forty Corp.

Wisconsin Vision, LTD.

Bella Cafe


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


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