By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Nov 17, 2022 at 8:06 AM

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

The OnMilwaukee Ho Ho Holiday Guide is brought to you by Educators Credit Union, Harley-Davidson Museum and MillerCoors

The Hop streetcar brings back its “Holidays on The Hop” program for the third year.

In addition to holiday-themed station decorations and streetcar wraps, there will also be giveaways of cookies and a new live music series.

The series starts on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26 from 3-5 p.m. with the JL Russell Jazz Trio. Music then contines each Saturday, at the same time, through Dec. 17. Cookies will be provided by Pick 'n Save.

The Milwaukee Choristers performe Dec. 3, JL Russell's trio is back on Dec. 10 and Sarah Fierek appears on Dec. 17.

Station decorations will be completed soon, and will include holiday messages from partners like the City of Milwaukee Christmas Tree, The Explorium Brewpub, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, HNTB, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Marquette University Athletics, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Pabst Theater Group, Salvation Army of Milwaukee County, Skylight Music Theater and the Vince Lombardi Foundation.

A streetcar with a Salvation Army of Milwaukee County wrap will also travel the route, and bell ringers can be found along the route collecting donations.

“The Hop is one of the easiest ways to experience all that the holidays have to offer in Downtown Milwaukee,” said Commissioner of Public Works Jerrel Kruschke.

“We’re proud to be expanding our holiday lineup this season, and so appreciative of our many Downtown partners who make our ‘Holidays on The Hop’ event possible.”

More information on “Holidays on The Hop” can be found at

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 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.