Our Christmas celebration continues on Sunday!
A special thanks to Guardian Credit Union and Max A. Sass & Son for sponsoring the return of the tree lighting fireworks … and thanks to the South Milwaukee High School music program for bringing the Madrigal Singers, drumline and other special guests for the show.
Bring your family and friends!
My favorite time of year … and it starts next weekend.
Mark your calendars!
Another terrific downtown event … bigger and better than ever.
I can’t wait for this!
OK, so it’s a few months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about it, right?
With the Christmas spirit in mind, I want to bring together all of the folks leading the city’s top holiday events together — and anyone else interested in being part of the dialog — for a meeting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, at City Hall.
The goal: Start talking now, as we look to jointly plan, brand and market these events.
We delivered a similar effort with Rocketober last year, to great success, and we’re working on Heritage Days. I think it’s time to do it with Christmas.
I am confident that by collaborating we can make the holiday season feel even more special in South Milwaukee … and help all of our individual events be better.
I also hope we can look to add a new event or two. One big one on my mind: a significant downtown event, one that could incorporate the existing chamber tree lighting along with activities like food, music, caroling, carriage rides, reindeer and more. Similar to what Greendale (pictures in this post from their 2014 event) and a number of other communities do.
I would also love to see a lighted Christmas parade, like this.
I ask you to join the conversation … and celebrate the season, a bit early.
Update: Added information on a special choir concert at Sts. Peter and Paul.
Christmas in South Milwaukee is a special time of year …
And that starts with all the special events happening around town.
Here’s a roundup … if I missed any, please let me know and I’ll add them.
- Saturday, Nov. 22: South Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting. Stop by from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for a visit with Santa, music, hot drinks and more at Heritage Park on 10th and Milwaukee Avenues. Learn more here.
- Sunday, Nov. 30: South Milwaukee Christmas Parade and Old Fashioned Christmas. The traditional South Milwaukee Christmas celebration begins with the Lions’ Christmas Parade starting at 12:30 p.m. at 12th and Milwaukee, continuing west on Milwaukee, then south on 15th Avenue to City Hall. Following the parade, enjoy all the festivities at City Hall, including pictures with Santa, arts and crafts, food and more. The city Christmas tree is lit at 5 p.m., following a performance by the South Milwaukee High School Madrigal Singers. Learn more about the parade at www.smlions.org, or to be in the parade, call Jim at 414-651-2221.
- Saturday, Dec. 6: South Milwaukee Christmas Market. The indoor version of the Downtown Market returns to South Milwaukee High School with more than 50 vendors selling arts, crafts, baked goods, prepared foods and more. Hours (new this year) are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live holiday music is also scheduled, including a holiday performance by Horns A Plenty at 11 a.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Learn more on the market’s Facebook page.
- Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14: Ye Old Christmas Feaste.This tradition of 36 years will be held at the high school. This three-hour event magically transports you to 15th century England for Christmas merriment with a seven-course meal. Pre-dinner music starts 4:30 p.m., and dinner is served at 5. Cost is $30 per person or $170 for a table of six. For more information, click here or call the high school at 766-5100.
- Sunday, Dec. 14: Sts. Peter and Paul Polish National Catholic Church Christmas choir concert. Showtime is 4 p.m. for this special show, as the Milwaukee Circle Choir will be presenting “Love Came Down at Christmas: A Cantata of Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.” This show features traditional carols in both Polish and English. Free Admission. Handicapped accessible by lift chair. Refreshments will be served after the show. The church is 1308 15th Ave.
Also, the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center has a full holiday lineup,with the following shows …
Have a happy holiday season!
Just a reminder, that this is the biggest Christmas weekend of the year in South Milwaukee.
I love this season!
It starts on Saturday, with the South Milwaukee Downtown Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Milwaukee High School. Then it’s the South Milwaukee Christmas Parade on Sunday, starting at 12:30 p.m., followed by the city’s Old Fashioned Christmas celebration.
Learn more in my previous post on Christmas events … and I’ll see you out and about.
I love Christmas … and I love Christmas in South Milwaukee.
And that starts with all the special events happening around town. Here’s a roundup, and I apologize ahead of time for missing any …
- Saturday, Nov. 23: South Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting. Stop by from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for a visit with Santa, music, hot drinks and more at Heritage Park on 10th and Milwaukee Avenues. Learn more here.
- Saturday, Nov. 30: South Milwaukee Christmas Market. The indoor version of the Downtown Market returns to South Milwaukee High School with more than 70 vendors selling arts, crafts, baked goods, prepared foods and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live holiday music is also scheduled. Learn more here … and on the market’s Facebook page.
- Sunday, Dec. 1: South Milwaukee Christmas Parade and Old Fashioned Christmas. The traditional South Milwaukee Christmas celebration begins with the Lions’ Christmas Parade starting at 12:30 p.m. at 12th and Milwaukee, continuing west on Milwaukee, then south on 15th Avenue to City Hall. Following the parade, enjoy all the festivities at City Hall, including pictures with Santa, arts and crafts, food and more. The city Christmas tree is lit at 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 8: Pancake Breakfast with Santa. Stop by the American Legion Post 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon for breakfast and pictures with Santa. Adults are $4, children 6-12 are $3 and those under 5 are free. The post is at 920 Monroe Ave. Also, the Milwaukee Circle Choir is playing at 3:30 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 1308 15th Ave. Admission is free. Learn more about the concert here.
- Thursday, Dec. 12: Calmus Christmas A Cappella. The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center continues to bring in terrific acts. This Christmas season, it’s Calmus, a German quintet that has drawn raves worldwide. The group will perform traditional and contemporary favorites. Learn more here.
- Friday, Dec. 13: Cantare Chorale concert. The chorus brings its “Songs of the Season” performance to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center for a show starting at 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.
- Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15: Ye Old Christmas Feaste. This tradition of 35 years will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the high school. This three-hour event magically transports you to 15th century England for Christmas merriment with a seven-course meal, featuring a new menu this year. Pre-dinner music starts 4:30 p.m., and dinner is served at 5. Cost is $30 per person or $150 for a table of six. For more information, click here or call the high school at 766-5100.
And merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to all readers of South Milwaukee Blog!
With the holidays finally here, I am taking a few days off from blogging, but I’ll be back next week and beyond with more news, information and viewpoints from South Milwaukee and the region. In the meantime, I hope you can enjoy some time with family and friends (like I will), all while keeping in mind the reason for the season.
Thank you for reading!
Here are a few holiday reminders:
- City Hall has limited hours through Jan. 2. Learn more at the city website.
- The library also has limited hours.
- There will be no City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. It next meets Jan. 17. Learn more on the city calendar.
- South Milwaukee schools are on break through Jan. 1. See the school calendar here.
And, finally, be sure to check out this funny and heart-warming Journal Sentinel column about a truly unique South Milwaukee nativity display. Ewe’ll be happy ewe you did.
Don’t forget: South Milwaukee’s Old Fashioned Christmas celebration begins with the Christmas parade at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The parade starts at 12th and Milwaukee Avenues, heads west on Milwaukee and then south on 15th Avenue to City Hall, where the festivities continue with food, fun and a visit from Santa. The tree lighting is at 5:30.
Learn more in this post and at SouthMilwaukee.org, City Clerk Jim Shelenske’s events website. See you there!
Update: Be sure to check out SouthMilwaukee.org for information on community events year round. And here is a Christmas Feaste flier.
I love Christmas, and I love South Milwaukee during the Christmas season.
There is always plenty going on around this time of year, and there’s more happening than ever in 2011 to celebrate the season. Among the Christmas-related events coming up …
- Saturday, Nov. 12: Get some Christmas shopping done early from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Bazaar at the Grobschmidt Senior Center. A variety of homemade items and baked goods are available for purchase. A raffle and lunch are also planned.
- Saturday, Nov. 19: Join Santa and enjoy some hot cocoa and cider at the South Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce tree lighting at Heritage Park, 10th and Milwaukee Avenues. You can also pick up Chamber coupon booklets at the event. Hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Also planned for Nov. 19 is the annual South Milwaukee Historical Society bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the society headquarters at 717 Milwaukee Ave. A variety of home-baked goods, books, ornaments and other gift items are for sale.
- Sunday, Nov. 27: The city’s Old Fashioned Christmas celebration returns starting with a parade at 12:30 p.m.. The route takes it from 12th and Milwaukee Avenue, west down Milwaukee and south down 15th to City Hall, where a variety of special events and activities (including a visit from Santa) are planned. Hour are 1 to 5:30 p.m., when the tree will be lit outside City Hall. To enter the parade or for more information, contact Jim Shelenske at 651-2221 or at email@example.com.
- Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4: Ye Olde Christmas Feaste returns at South Milwaukee High School. Learn more in this flier.
- Saturday, Dec. 3 and 10: The South Milwaukee Downtown Market is holding two indoor Christmas Markets at Caterpillar’s Heritage Building, 1970 10th Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Learn more in this post. The Friends of Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse are also holding their holiday tea from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Grant Park clubhouse.
Mark your calendars, and let me know if I missed anything!