By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 18, 2020 at 3:03 PM

Thanks to a new “Holidays with The Hop” initiative, each of streetcar's 18 Downtown stations has been gussied up for the festive season.

The “Holidays with The Hop” initiative was undertaken with a range of partners that chipped in to design and install their own displays. 

The partners include:

  • 2-Story Creative
  • The Grohmann Museum
  • Historic Third Ward Association
  • HNTB
  • Jewish Museum Milwaukee
  • Journey House
  • Metro Market | Pick ‘n Save
  • Milwaukee Downtown BID 21
  • Milwaukee Intermodal Station
  • Milwaukee Public Market

“With millions of lights to see, countless local businesses to support, and safe, socially-distanced

activities for all ages, downtown Milwaukee is the destination for holiday fun,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom
Barrett in a statement Friday. “We’re proud to have The Hop once again be a holiday attraction for the City, and so appreciative of our wonderful partners who contributed their time and talents to make these stations
shine.

"Whether you experience ‘Holidays with The Hop’ on board the streetcar or from the comfort of
your own vehicle, we encourage everyone to make a trip downtown part of their agenda this holiday
season.”

The displays are expected to be completed by Saturday, Dec. 19, and remain up through Sunday, Jan. 3.

For more information, visit thehopmke.com/holidays.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.