By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Jan 10, 2021 at 11:31 AM

With icy temperatures and snowflakes sure to return soon to the forecast, you may be dreading another wicked Wisconsin winter. Have no fear. Whether you're game for braving the blustery outdoors or would rather be plopped in front of the fire in layered-up long johns, we've got the goods to make the most of a Milwaukee winter.

Enjoy again – or for the first time – this classic OnMilwaukee.com "100 things list," updated for the 2020 holiday season. And, as we are in the midst of a pandemic, be sure to be safe, be smart and be courteous when doing anything on this list!

1. Venture inside the warm and illuminated Domes
2. Take a warm and cozy stay-cation to the Irish escape that is County Clare
3. Enjoy a romantic carriage ride Downtown (but due to COVID, bring your own blanket!)
4. Ski on the frozen Milwaukee River (at your own risk)
5. Cross country ski in Grant Park
6. Go sledding at Northpoint (again, the risk is your own)
7. Toboggan at your favorite park
8. Reserve yourself an ice skating session at Red Arrow Park (opening soon!)
9. Fondue!
10. Bumper ski behind a friend's car (carefully in a parking lot, please!)
11. Get a greenhouse for Bryant's Tom & Jerry pop-up at Zocalo
12. Do donuts in a Pick 'n Save parking lot
13. Warm up the tummy with soup from The Soup House
14. Pick up hot chocolate from Colectivo
15. Marvel at the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival scattered around Downtown
16. Go ice fishing
17. Snowmobile at Bong Rec Area
18. Build an igloo on the lakefront (or at least try)
19. Take a safe and boozy tropical getaway at Lost Whale and its warm outdoor Tiki bar PufferFish
20. Rock your snow suits and moon boots
21. Heat up in the sauna at "The Tubs"
22. Enjoy a "festive and fabulous outdoor experience" at Tied House Chalet in Historic Third Ward
23. Show your love (and get some Christmas shopping done) with the Pabst Theater Group's new curbside shop
24. Support your favorite hidden gem bars by buying a gift card or beverages to go
25. Stay in with a movie from Milwaukee Film's Sofa Cinema
26. Slurp some tasty matzo ball soup at Benji's
27. Take in the lights on Candy Cane Lane

28. Keep a Christmas tradition alive by viewing the Rep's takes on "A Christmas Carol," old and new, from home
29. Get your new Christmas tree for the 2020 season
30. Binge OnMilwaukee's FoodCrush and Dandelions podcasts
31. Find a heated patio for a night out on the town or maybe a dome or yurt
32. Erect a Festivus pole
33. Find the perfect local gift from one of our "Unique Boutiques
34. Take a tropical vacation – or at least set your Zoom background to somewhere sunny
35. Make (naked?) snow angels in the front yard
36. 'Tis the season for giving, so donate to a good cause – like one of these or another of your choosing
37. Winterize your car
38. Go check out the Lux Domes above Cafe Benelux or the winter patios at Centraal
39. Take in the holiday scene at Holy Hill
40. Get chili powder at the Spice House
41. Treat your pet with a special gift this holiday season
42. Stay at home and snuggle up
43. Ride The Hop around Downtown and stay warm inside
44. Get out the snow blower and go to town
45. Shovel your elderly neighbor's sidewalk
46. Grow a beard for warmth
47. Drink your way through this year's batch of Hallmark holiday movies
48. Have chocolate cream puffs for Christmas courtesy of the State Fair
49. Cover up your toes with warm, wooly footies
50. Be happy you don't live further up nort, eh
51. Make your way through Lori's 52 restaurants for your 2020 bucket list
52. Ride a sled down a hill
53. Do you want to build a snowman? It doesn't have to be a snowman

54. Don't eat the yellow snow
55. Play some snow football
56. Learn to curl
57. Bake holiday cookies, or just buy some at the Public Market
58. Donate to your favorite local charity
59. Prepare for a blizzard when the weather forecasters predict just a "dusting"
60. Dig your car out of the post-plowed snow
61. Fetch yourself the hottest treat of the season: hot chocolate bombs
62. Finally wear the sweater Grandma got you last year for your weekly Zoom call so she knows you didn't get rid of it
63. Turn up the heat and have a Hawaiian party
64. Pack on the pounds, then hide it with big sweaters
65. Count down 'til that wonderful day when pitchers and catchers report
66. Order a delicious pie for your holiday
67. Social distance in Door County
68. Go winter camping
69. Frolic with your dog at a dog park
70. Stock up on Carmex for winter
71. Drink some local holiday brews 
72. Have yourself an Edgar Allan Poe moment and curl up with a spine-tingler from a local bookshop
73. Spark up a snowball fight with the neighbor kids
74. Treat your wind-burned skin to a day of pampering at a spa
75. Commit to Dry January with one of Milwaukee's various mocktails
77. Binge your way through all of the best movies on Netflix ... and then move on to Hulu
78. Find a bar with outdoor fireside drinking on the menu


79. Play pond hockey on Lake Ernie in Franklin
80. Decorate your house for the season while listening to your favorite MKE bands
81. Invent a new snow sport. Snow croquet? Ice bowling?
82. Call your grandma or grandpa. They're even more lonely and cooped up during this strange winter
83. Put a snowball in your freezer to throw at someone (gently) in July
84. Drink mulled wine
85. Snowshoe in Doctor's Park
86. Cheer on the Packers, Bucks, UWM and Marquette. There are no fans in the stands, so make sure they hear you all the way from home!
87. Roast chestnuts on an open fire
88. Rent yourself a Hop House from Lakefront Brewery
89. Warm up with a nice shower – complete with a shower beer
90. Insulate your attic
91. Pack up your skis and head Da U.P.
92. Write to Summerfest requesting bands for next year's three-weekend edition
93. Enjoy the holiday light displays, from the Miller Holiday Lites show in the Miller Valley to the Winter Winders lights in Boerner Botanical Gardens and Whitnall Park
94. Figure out the difference between winter storm watch and winter storm warning
95. Finally put those old photos in albums
96. Treat yourself and those you love to a Let's Eat MKE digital coupon book for more than 20 local restaurants.
97. Craft your own special candle with Glassnote Candle Bar
98. Help the St. Benedict ministries feed the hungry – or donate to one of these food banks
99. Make an ornament out of popsicle sticks in memory of the good old days
100. Be merry. Say hi to your neighbors. Be the change.