It's a weekend of holiday fun for the whole fam. Giddy up and get outta the house!
BEST … PAGENT … EVER
Here come the Herdmans again as WCT returns to one of its most loved holiday classics. The Christmas pageant is infused with madcap mayhem (and fantastic fun) when the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history, collide with the Christmas story head-on. Get in the spirit with this holiday play.
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Those furry trouble makers are back and on the big screen. “Alvin and the Chipmunks” premieres this weekend starring Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”) as David Seville in this combination of CGI and live-action based on the 1960s cartoon series. And, in the spirit of the season” “Christmas, Christmas time is here / Time for toys and time for cheer … “ Bet you’ll be singing that song the rest of the weekend. To see when Alvin and a host of other films play this weekend, check out the OnMilwaukee.com movie listings.
SANTA COMIN’ TO FRECKLE FACE
It’s true: The big man in the red suit is coming to Freckle Face Boutique, 407 E. Buffalo St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a new toy to donate, and your child can drop it in Santa’s bag and tell him what he or she wants for Xmas. It’s a great photo opportunity for parents, plus there will be a craft and yummy treats. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the Sojourner Truth House.
A NIGHT WITH MA NATURE
Celebrate the Winter Solstice! Explore Riverside Park by candlelight with a guided walk accompanied by poetry and readings of the season. After the walk return to the Center to warm yourself by the fire and for apple cider, snacks and music by Regina Gallero. Call to register, (414) 964-8505. Walks leave every 15 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. with music getting underway at 8 p.m.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Hear seasonal folk songs, popular tunes, original hits and traditional carols at the Mitchell Park Domes. David HB Drake performs a variety of handmade folk instruments including the mountain banjo and dulcimer, concertina, a Native American flute and the guitar.
PASS THE NUTS
Bring the family and let the little ones see the classic show "The Nutcraker," by The Milwaukee Ballet.
CURIOUS ABOUT GEORGE
Let the loveable little monkey entertain your little monkeys at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit. The kids can let George teach them all about math, science and take part in engineering-based adventures. http://www.onmilwaukee.com/events/event-82544.html
TWIST ON OLIVER
The Modjeska Youth Theatre Company presents its December musical, “Oliver”. The show is a take on the classic Dickens’ tale of a boy growing up during England’s industrial revolution. The show runs through Dec. 16 with weekday matinees at 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday performances at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays.
(DRIVIN’) THROUGH A WINTER WONDERLAND
The Country Springs Hotel is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. The annual drive-through display of holiday lights features over a million lights and animated scenes including “The Streets of Bethlehem” with a Nativity Scene inspired by a similar display at the Vatican and a multi-level model railroad.
IN THIS CORNER, FROM THE NORTH POLE
Give the kids a thrill at the Humphrey IMAX as “Santa vs. the Snowman” premieres. The movie tells the tale of a lonely snowman that gets jealous of all the attention Santa gets at the North Pole. The sprouts will love the “polar war” that’s fought with hot chocolate squirt gins and will ooh-and-ahh at a happy ending. The show runs through Jan. 3.
Don’t be a Scrooge, head to the Pabst Theater for the Milwaukee Rep’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol." A Milwaukee tradition for more than 30 years, the show runs through Dec. 23. http://www.onmilwaukee.com/events/event-82537.html
FIRST STAGE HAS A MILWAUKEE CHRISTMAS
First Stage Milwaukee presents, 12 Days – A Milwaukee Christmas – the story of a turn-of-the-century schoolteacher who spent the holidays spreading the spirit of the season to her students and families. In the midst of the First World War, Miss Brown’s enthusiasm takes a hit until she discovers a new song that rekindles her passion. http://www.onmilwaukee.com/events/event-82291.html
YOU’LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT
Can’t wait until the 24-hour “A Christmas Story” marathon on TV? Enjoy the holiday classic live on stage with the Lake Country Players. Catch 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday or Saturday or a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee at the Lake Country Playhouse. Call (262) 367-4697 for tickets.
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.