- Serve Christmas dinner to the community.
For the past 27 years the Salvation Army serves up a free ham and turkey dinner to thousands on Christmas Day. Feeling charitable but don’t have extra cash? Sign up to volunteer serving, they’re always looking for hands!
- Salvation Army Christmas Family Feast, Wisconsin Center, 400 W Wisconsin Ave, Sunday 11-2:30 PM
2. Have your annual viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Avalon Theater.
To top off their mini-Christmas-movie-marathon, the Avalon is screening the 1946 Christmas classic on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day… every time a bell rings, and angel gets his wings!
- Avalon Theater – Its a Wonderful Life, 2473 S Kinnickinnic Ave. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 AM
3. Burn off some Christmas calories (and stay warm) ice skating indoors.
Looking to work off a few of those Christmas cookies? The Petit National Ice Center has public ice skating both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day… perfect for families!
- Petit National Ice Center Public Skate, 500 S 84th Street, Saturday and Sunday
4. Celebrate with some Kung-Fu and Chinese food.
Need to get away from the family for a bit? Nomad on Brady is serving up free Chinese food and playing Kung-Fu flicks both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- Nomad World Pub, 1401 E Brady Street, Saturday @ 7:30, Sunday @ 3:00
5. Top your Christmas pancakes with some… custard?
Pancake breakfast: pretty normal. Pancakes topped with custard and candy? Now we’re talking. Spoil your Christmas dinner the right way and head over at Oak Creek’s Georgie Porgies for their annual Pancake and Custard Breakfast.
- Georgie Porgie’s Treefort, 9555 S Howell Ave, Saturday 7:00 – 10:30 AM
6. Check out the impressive lights of Candy Cane Lane.
The Milwaukee classic ‘Candy Cane Lane’ is back and better than ever. Head over to West Allis and walk (or drive) past over 300 houses all lit to raise money for the MACC Fund.
- Candy Cane Lane, 96th – 92nd St, West Allis, Saturday and Sunday
7. Catch ’em all at Game Universe in Franklin.
Spend your Christmas Eve with Pikachu, Squirtle and… well, those are all of the Pokemon I know… But Game Universe in Franklin has their Casual Pokemon Saturdays going on from 12-3 pm for those that are looking to get away from the holiday’s for a bit.
- Game Universe, 6550 S Lovers Lane, Franklin, Saturday 12 – 3 PM.
8. Celebrate with a Traditional Polish Meatless dinner
In Poland, Christmas is celebrated with a twelve-dish meatless supper…. and Milwaukee’s got a pretty Polish history, so why not save the cooking this year and celebrate with a traditional dinner? Polonez Restaurant in St. Francis has the homemade feasts for you ready to take home, just shoot them a call ahead of time.
- Polonez Restaurant, 4016 S Packard Ave, Saint Francis, Saturday 11 AM – 3 PM
9. No family in town? Eat Turducken (that turkey/duck/chicken thing) with other “Christmas Orphans.”
Alone for Christmas? D14 is hosting a “Bay View Christmas Orphans Party” for those that couldn’t make it home for the holidays– complete with two Turduckens, the Packers and, of course, good beer.
- D14 Brewery and Pub, 2273 S Howell Ave, Saturday and Sunday
The presents are opened, the food’s been eaten, the sports have been watched… now what?
Whether you’re hosting family, being hosted, or rocking it solo this Christmas, there’s tons of great stuff going on in Milwaukee to get you out of the house and in the holiday spirit.
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