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Historic Third Ward Events - 2015
27th annual Christmas in the Ward - December 4 and 5


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 Coktails for the adults
5:30-8:00pm Costumed Characters
5:30-8:00pm Horse-drawn Carriage Rides (board at Chicago & Broadway)

Tree Lighting Ceremony

5:45pm Highpoint, an award winning Barbershop Quartet
6:00pm Trinity Irish Dancers
6:00-8:00pm Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House!
6:15pm 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)

2:00-3:00pm Tinker, The Miniature Horse
2:00-4:00pm Sweaters in the Square
4:00-6:00pm Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House

Sweaters in the Square

Grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and head to Catalano Square on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 2-4pm! Enjoy hot chocolate, a DJ featuring a “Sweater Strut” and a “Christmas Conga”, and prizes for the ugliest (and by ugliest, we mean BEST!) Christmas sweater! Don’t forget to bring your loose change to donate to The Salvation Army Red Kettle. Take a photo in your ugliest Christmas sweater, upload it to social media using #salvationsweater and tag 2 friends to do the same. They have 24 hours to upload the photo or donate to


Tinker, the Miniature Horse

The Salvation Army’s most popular bell ringer visits Christmas in the Ward on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 2-3pm. Tinker, a bell-ringing miniature horse will make an appearance you won’t want to miss!


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!

Take a break from shopping and the festivities to enjoy some festive fare at local Third Ward Restaurants!  Click here for specials.


Holiday Music in the Park

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 more.  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.  Click here for Festive Fare specials!


Cookie Sale

Friday, December 4 ~ 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!

C. Adam's Bakery, Canfora Bakery, Colectivo Coffee, Holey Moley Doughnuts, Metro Market and Patricia O'Brien & Co.


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 4 ~ 6-8pm

Dec 5 ~ Noon-2pm, 4-6pm

Dec 11 ~ 5-7pm

Dec 12 ~ 5-7pm


Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Friday, December 5 ~ 5:30-8:00pm

Saturday, December 6 ~ Noon-2:00pm

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

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!


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:

                            SHOP EARLY DAYS

       Fri, Nov 27 ~ 2pm-9pm                    Sun, Nov 29~ 10am-7pm

      Sat, Nov 28 ~ 10am-8pm

      Fri, Dec 4 ~ 2pm-9pm                          Fri, Dec 11 ~ 2pm-9pm

      Sat, Dec 5 ~ 10am-7pm                      Sat, Dec 12 ~ 10am-7pm

      Sun, Dec 6 ~ 11am-6pm                    Sun, Dec 13 ~ 10am-5pm


$5 Event Parking

Park your vehicle in either of the Historic Third Ward parking structures for just $5 on Friday, December 4 after 5pm and Saturday, December 5 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


La Macchia Group

Herzfeld Foundation

Penworthy Company

Corley Real Estate

Tim & Debbie Costello

The Marshall Building

Wisconsin Vision, LTD.

Patrick & Jaqueline Cummings

Bill & Melinda Krei

Bella Cafe

Faymous Music & Sound

PyraMax Bank Third Ward

The Broadway Condominium Association


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


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