Christmas in Wisconsin

Glad tidings from the team at Krause Family Funeral Homes! The holiday season is here in full force, and we know you may have faraway friends and family headed to Wisconsin to celebrate Christmas and the ring in the New Year. Many of our favorite events happen this time of year in the greater Milwaukee area.

We hope you and your family are able to enjoy some of our top activity picks for this year – and perhaps make a new tradition of some of them! There is no time like the present to begin making memories with family that will last a lifetime.

  • Head out to downtown Milwaukee for the annual Festival of Lights. Running through January 1, enjoy shopping, live music and glorious light displays throughout downtown Milwaukee. Catch a ride on the Jingle Bus with the kids, pop a letter to Santa in his mailbox, and round out your evening with hot cocoa from a local street vendor.
  • Burn off those candy cane calories and hit the Slice of Ice! Lace up your own skates or rent them for $8 at Milwaukee’s downtown public skating rink in Red Arrow Park. Skate for FREE if you have your own skates! Open through February, you might make it a new Sunday afternoon winter tradition.
  • Of course, some of the best sights of the season in and around Milwaukee can be found in nature. Pack up the family and take a trip to Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. The 25-foot holiday tree will be on display through Jan. 7, and even those less-than-green thumbs can enjoy the winter gardens and floral displays.
  • Looking for the true meaning of Christmas? Take in a live performance of the Peanuts’ classic: A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Even the ‘scroogiest’ scrooge on your list will enjoy the lively antics of the Peanuts gang through December 30th. Tickets start at $14.
  • Ring in the New Year with the kids at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum at the New Year’s at Noon party on December 29 then head downtown with adults on December 31 for dinner music and dancing at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s New Year’s Eve party.

Of course, the team at Krause Funeral Home is well aware that if you have recently lost a loved one, or are missing someone who has been gone for many years, the holidays can be difficult. It can be hard to balance your feelings of sadness or loneliness with the high spirits of the season and all the twinkling lights and fun surrounding you. We have heard from some families we’ve served that have heard it can be helpful to your grief process to either start new traditions or join up with loved ones to enjoy activities your loved one would have appreciated. We hope this list has sparked some ideas for you!

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