By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Nov 23, 2022 at 5:56 PM

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

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Santa isn't the only one coming to town this holiday season: The whole dang North Pole is coming, too, thanks to The Enchanted North Pole hosted at Ballpark Commons beginning Friday, Dec. 2.

Found at 7065 S. Ballpark Drive in Franklin, the new outdoor interactive holiday experience will feature more than 4,500 square feet of festive fun for all ages – complete with more photo ops than a blizzard has snowflakes, interactions with Santa's elves, Christmas caroling along with a snow falling show (no matter the weather conditions), letters to Santa, a toy-building experience guided by Santa's Toy Director, treats courtesy of Mrs. Claus and a special collectible Christmas ornament to bring home to the tree. 

Amidst the 90-minute holiday happening is a special feast – whether brunch, lunch or dinner – serving up everything from a classic fish fry to breakfast quiche to turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes. And speaking of sweets, the meals will be topped with holiday cookies, kringle and other desserts to sate everyone's Santa-like hunger for baked treats. The meal is almost a side, though, to the live entertainment as Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will perform live storytelling presentations to engage audiences while eating. 

The Enchanted North Pole will be open every weekend in December until Christmas Day, with the only exceptions being an off-day on Friday, Dec. 16 and a bonus day on Thursday, Dec. 22. Tickets cost $55 or $60 for adults and $45 or $50 for children; infants aged 17 months old and younger are free. 

For more information on the full lineup of events, features and dining options, as well as pricing, visit The Enchanted North Pole's website. And for more holiday happenings, check out OnMilwaukee's holiday guide.

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.