There’s no better place to be during the holidays than right in the heart of the city, and this year The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, is once again proud to contribute to the festive atmosphere in Downtown Milwaukee.
The “Holidays with The Hop” initiative is returning for a second year, with new and returning partners alike transforming one of our streetcars and each of our 18 stations into holiday displays reflecting the spirit of the season. The Hop will also continue providing daily service throughout the holiday season, including extended service until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.
“We’re thrilled to once again have The Hop be a safe, convenient and free way to experience the holidays, as well as a holiday attraction itself, as people make their way downtown to experience the joy of the season in the heart of Milwaukee,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.
“There’s so much to safely do and see in Milwaukee during the holidays, and we so appreciate all of our partners who help make this such a festive time of year.”
The “Holidays with The Hop” initiative was made possible through the support of numerous streetcar partners, each of whom took on responsibility for designing their own unique holiday displays. Participants include:
- Brady Street BID
- Historic Third Ward Association
- Jewish Museum Milwaukee
- Marquette University
- Milwaukee Downtown BID 21
- Milwaukee Public Market
- Pabst Theater Group
- The Explorium Brewpub
A special thank you to the Salvation Army of Milwaukee County, who in addition to sponsoring two shelters, has created a holiday-themed streetcar for downtown residents and visitors to enjoy.
The Salvation Army’s 2021 Red Kettle Campaign kicked off Friday, Nov. 12, and the recognizable bell ringers will be along the route and at countless other holiday destinations around the city throughout the holiday season. Online donations are also accepted www.salvationarmywi.org.
All station displays are scheduled to be completed in the coming weeks, and both the stations and Salvation Army holiday car will remain on display throughout the holiday season.
The streetcar schedule during the holidays is as follows:
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25) – Sunday schedule in effect (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) – Normal weekday service (5 a.m. – midnight)
Christmas Day (Dec. 25) – Sunday schedule in effect (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) – Extended weekday service (5 a.m. – 2 a.m.)
New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) – Sunday schedule in effect (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Streetcar riders can plan their holiday trips by seeing the real-time positions of the streetcars and exploring destinations or parking options along the route by visiting thehopmke.com/interactive-map/. The Transloc app also provides real-time streetcar information and can be accessed via thehopmke.com/real-time-app.
For more information on The Hop, visit thehopmke.com.