It's a fabulously festive weekend in Milwaukee, so get out and enjoy it, Milwaukee parents! Check out "A Christmas Carol," Santa in the Ward, a symphony for kids, a seasonal IMAX movie or any of the other fun events listed in this week's Roundup.
SANTA AND ST. ANN
Santa and St. Ann's Center are once again coming together for the annual Santa brunch. Stop by Saturday morning for games, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, a secret Santa gift shop and the amazing Al magic show.
ONE OF SANTA'S MANY STOPS
Santa is making quite a few appearances this weekend; stopping in the Third Ward's Catalano Square for a jolly meet and greet. On both Friday and Saturday, you'll find Santa in the gingerbread house on the corner of Erie St. and Milwaukee St. You can bring your own camera to take a photo or donate $5 to Toys for Tots and an elf will be your photographer.
ALL WEEKEND LONG
HOLIDAYS IN OLDEN TIMES
Old World Wisconsin is the perfect place for a little taste of Christmas past. Providing a historical reproduction of Wisconsin during colonial times, Old World Wisconsin recreates holiday traditions from storytelling and caroling to games and treats. The Crossroads Village lights up with decorations and activities as you stop in the gift shop for some holiday giving.
SYMPHONY HAS HOLIDAY POPS
This weekend at the beautiful Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, bask in the glow of holiday cheer with Milwaukee's Yuletide tradition -- the MSO's "Holiday Pops!" Jeff Tyzik, one of America's foremost pops conductors, and the MSO will take you on musical "sleigh ride" you won't want to miss. Call (414) 291-7605.
ENJOY THE LIGHTS RESPONSIBLY, PLEASE
Miller Brewing is going "green" this holiday. Check out the annual light show; this year using 200,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Set to the music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Holiday Lites display is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Tours are available starting this weekend and running every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas from 5 to 8 p.m.
SNOWMAN V. SANTA
This animated IMAX holiday favorite tells the tale of a lonely snowman who gets swept away by the magical wonders of Santa's Village in the North Pole, but soon becomes jealous of Santa and the attention he gets at Christmas. A hilarious polar war erupts, waged with weapons such as hot chocolate squirt guns, but it's not long before friendship and laughter save the day.
THE HAPPY ELF FROM HARRY CONNICK, JR.
There's no such thing as an unhappy elf, so when Eubie finds himself in Bluesville, his elf-ness is put to the test as he is determined to make the naughty town smile in time for Christmas. Check out Harry Connick Jr.'s "The Happy Elf" again this weekend from First Stage.
CANDY CANE LANE
Take a trip down Candy Cane Lane in West Allis and share the true spirit of the season. The West Allis neighborhood bounded by Oklahoma and Montana Avenues and 92nd to 96th Street is transformed into a winter wonderland in December to benefit the MACC Fund. The holiday lights will be aglow through Dec. 27, 6-10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 5-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
LIGHT SPECTACULAR OUT WEST
The big "Country Christmas" continues this weekend for the 13th year in a row on 40 acres of wooded Waukesha. This drivable exhibit entertains children and adults with a scenic view of holiday lights, a Christmas Village train display and Streets of Bethlehem nativity. This holiday favorite is open every night of the week from now until New Year's Eve.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, A MILWAUKEE TRADITION
The holidays are upon us and it's time for the tradition of "A Christmas Carol" at The Pabst. Running through December, this family favorite brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley and Tiny Tim to life on stage at The Rep.