By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Dec 06, 2023 at 12:01 PM

Snuggle up with some holiday cheer as OnMilwaukee shares stories of everything merry and bright in the spirit of the season.

The OnMilwaukee Ho Ho Holiday Guide is brought to you by Educators Credit Union, Harley-Davidson Museum and MolsonCoors

This article is written in partnership with Swarmm Events.Toss on your most hideous holiday apparel and hit the streets for the love of kids with “12 Bars of Christmas.”

This year, the events take place on Saturday. Dec. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. on three streets: Water Street, Old World Third St/ Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. and Brady Street. (The Brady Street event, however, is already sold out.)

There is also a Madison version on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Tickets are $15 each – also available in packs of four for $50 – and include a lanyard, food and drink specials, a holiday drink mug and a donation towards Toys For Tots. This event, organized by Swarmm Events, has raised $16,000 for the organization since 2013.

Here is more info on the two routes:

10th Annual Water Street Holiday Party

Get tickets here.

Attendees pick up their lanyards with passports for drink specials and mugs between 10:30 a.m. and noon at Brothers, 1213 N. Water St. Folks are then free to stroll to any of the participating bars:

  • Bar None
  • Elwoods
  • Pourman’s
  • Red Rock
  • McGillyCuddys
  • Mojo MKE
  • The Brewery
  • The Harp
  • Vagabond
  • Dukes 
  • Trinity Three (also the location of the after-party starting at 5 p.m.)

Old World Third Street/Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Holiday Party

Get tickets here.

Attendees pick up their lanyards for drink specials and mugs between 10:30 and noon at RWB, 1044 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., and are then free to visit any of these participating bars:

  • Third Street Tavern
  • Lucky Clover
  • Who’s On Third
  • Oak Barrel
  • Drink Wisconsinbly
  • Old German Beer Hall
  • Milwaukee Brat House
  • Deer Camp
  • Uncle Buck’s
  • Truth Lounge

Tickets for any of the parties, including the Madison party, are available here.


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.