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Historic Third Ward Events - 2014
26th annual Christmas in the Ward - December 5 and 6


Christmas in the Ward Schedule:



Milwaukee Police Band

5:00-8:00pm LIVE Reindeer, Costumed Characters, Cookie Bake Sale
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

Mrs. Claus & her LIVE Reindeer

Cookie Bake Sale and Hot Chocolate

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

2:00-4:00pm Showing of Frozen at the Hudson Business Lounge (seating is limited)
4:00-6:00pm Santa in Jolly's Outdoor Gingerbread House

Movie at the Hudson

Watch your favorite characters Olaf and Elsa on the big screen at the Hudson Business Lounge!  Enjoy a FREE viewing of Frozen on Saturday, December 6th at 2:30pm.  Doors open at 2pm, seating available for the first 50 guests.  Complimentary goodie bag for children; refreshments available for purchase.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Sponsored by Bangles & Bags, hosted at the Hudson Business Lounge.


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 or even brunch with Santa 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 5 ~ 5:00-8:00pm

Saturday, December 6 ~ Noon-2pm

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

A special thanks to our cookie sponsors!

The Art Institute of Wisconsin - Culinary School, Canfora Bakery, Colectivo Coffee, C. Adam's Bakery, 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 5 ~ 6-8pm

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

Dec 12 ~ 5-7pm

Dec 13 ~ 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, 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...


Costumed Characters

Kids will squeal with delight when they see Jolly & Gingerbread, Penworthy Bear, 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 28 ~ 10am-8pm                    Sun, Nov 30~ 10am-7pm

      Sat, Nov 29 ~ 10am-8pm

      Fri, Dec 5 ~ 3pm-9pm                          Fri, Dec 12 ~ 3pm-9pm

      Sat, Dec 6 ~ 10am-7pm                      Sat, Dec 13 ~ 10am-7pm

      Sun, Dec 7 ~ 11am-6pm                    Sun, Dec 14 ~ 10am-5pm


$5 Event Parking

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

Bella Caffe

Corley Real Estate

Faymous Music & Sound

Herzfeld Foundation

La Macchia Group, LLC

The Penworthy Company

Russ Darrow Automotive Group

Tim & Debbie Costello

Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & Grill

g. moxie

Joanie Kelsey

Ken & Melinda Krei

The Marshall Building

Mercantile Building - Graceville, LLC

Milwaukee Kayak Company

Monarch Creative, Inc.

Patrick & Jackie Cummings


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


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