07.31.14

Wisconsin Bride Magazine Honors Heidel House Resort & Spa with Best Honeymoon in Wisconsin Award

Wisconsin Bride Magazine Honors Heidel House Resort & Spa with Best Honeymoon in Wisconsin Award

Brides near and far will consider Green Lake as their honeymoon destination when they open the latest issue of Wisconsin Bride magazine. Heidel House Resort & Spa, managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is the 2014 winner of Wisconsin Bride magazine’s Best Honeymoon in Wisconsin, as part of its Best of 2014 annual reader’s choice awards.

Other finalists in the Best Honeymoon category included The American Club Resort of Kohler and Sundara Inn & Spa of Wisconsin Dells.

“Being selected as Best Honeymoon in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Bride magazine readers is an honor,” Star Irvin, catering manager, said. “We hope to leave all our newlyweds with romantic memories and ‘best wishes’ on their new lives together.”

Sunset on the dock.

Christy Tyler held her wedding at Heidel House in May 2009. Tyler wrote of her wedding experience in the Fall/Winter 2014 Wisconsin Bride issue.

“We had a lot of close family and friends come from far and wide for our wedding, and we wanted somewhere people could stay and make a long weekend out of it to enjoy some time with their families,” Tyler said. “It was really just the perfect destination wedding for us without having to fly halfway around the world!”

Heidel House has received Wisconsin Bride magazine reader’s choice awards in previous years. In 2006, Heidel House was selected as Favorite Wisconsin Wedding Reception Location. From 2006 to 2009, the resort was awarded Favorite Wisconsin Honeymoon Location. Additionally, in 2010, Heidel House received Best Wedding Night Hotel.

While honeymooning at Heidel House, newlyweds can enjoy lakeside dining at on-site restaurants, a morning or afternoon cruise aboard the 60-foot Escapade yacht and relaxation and pampering at Evensong Spa.

A winter weddings special is available for couples who hold their wedding at Heidel House between Nov. 14, 2014, and March 29, 2015. This package includes a complimentary lake-view suite with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for the bride and groom, 50 percent off the ceremony room, a waived reception fee and a specially priced seasonal menu.

For more information on romantic packages or weddings, please call 800.444.2812 or visit www.heidelhouse.com.

To view the complete list of winners and finalists in Wisconsin Bride magazine’s Best of 2014 reader’s choice awards, please visit: http://wibride.com/best/wisconsin-brides-best-2014-winners.

About Heidel House Resort & Spa

Since first welcoming its first guests on a snowy New Year’s Eve in 1945, Heidel House Resort & Spa has become a year-round Midwestern destination offering both summer and winter activities. Nestled on 20 wooded acres along the shores of Wisconsin’s deepest inland lake, this full-service resort offers numerous amenities including 190 guest rooms, 18,000 square feet of meeting space, lakeside dining at Grey Rock restaurant and luxurious spa services at the award-winning Evensong Spa. Selected as the 2014 Best Honeymoon Location in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Bride magazine, Heidel House is a favorite destination for weddings and social gatherings, in addition to offering a scenic setting for business and leisure travelers alike. For more information, please visit www.heidelhouse.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation, owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states.  A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations.  The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels.  For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebookand Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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05.15.14

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Assumes Management of Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wis.

Company will bring resort management expertise to beautiful Green Lake resort

Milwaukee, Wis., May 15, 2014. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced it has entered into an agreement to assume hotel management responsibilities of Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wis. effective May 14, 2014. The property is owned by the Fiore Companies, Inc. based in Madison, Wis.

The Heidel House is a 190-room full-service resort and spa nestled on 20 wooded acres on the shore of beautiful Green Lake near Ripon, Wis. First welcoming guests as an estate dining room in 1945, the family-run retreat expanded as its reputation for hospitality and fine dining grew. Today, Heidel House Resort offers numerous amenities including 18,000 square-feet of meeting and event space, an award-winning luxury spa and three restaurants including Grey Rock, which has been named one of Wisconsin’s Top 25 Restaurants and has received the Wine Spectator Award every year since 2002.

“Heidel House Resort is only six miles from Ripon, Wis., where The Marcus Corporation began 79 years ago with the opening of the Campus Cinema in 1935. We have been committed to the area for many years and welcome this opportunity to bring our tradition of hospitality excellence and high-quality service and amenities to this distinctive property,” said Thomas F. Kissinger, interim president, Marcus Hotels & Resorts and senior executive vice president, The Marcus Corporation.

“We are pleased to work with Marcus Hotels & Resorts in managing this full-service resort,” said Dave Kruger, president of the Fiore Companies. “Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ strong Wisconsin roots make the company an ideal partner in maintaining the position of Heidel House as a leading Midwestern year-round destination.”

The Heidel House, on the shores of Green Lake, is approximately a 75 minute drive from Madison and 90 minute drive from Milwaukee, and is located just a few miles west of Lake Winnebago. In addition to its restaurants, meeting space and spa, other features include two lounges, a stand-alone ice cream parlor, the elegant Dartford ballroom accommodating up to 380 guests, a Carriage Tent event space for outdoor weddings and social events, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, tranquil beach and lakefront, and nearby golf courses. The resort also has a 60-foot yacht, available for daily excursions on the lake, cocktail cruises, private dinners and receptions.

Known as a year-round destination, Heidel House Resort offers a boat rental and water sports area, hiking and biking trails and a variety of seasonal waterfront activities in summer. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating.

In 2013, the resort was voted Best Wisconsin Lakeshore Resort by meeting planners in the Best of Wisconsin Meetings awards.


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About Heidel House Resort & Spa

Heidel House Resort has built on the lakeside getaway tradition since welcoming its first guests on a snowy New Year’s Eve in 1945. Nestled on 20 wooded acres on the shores of Wisconsin’s deepest inland lake, the full-service resort offers numerous amenities including 190 guest rooms, 18,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and a luxurious spa. Heidel House Resort has become a favorite Midwestern destination for friends, families, businesses and social groups to enjoy a tranquil environment, year-round recreation and first class service. For more information, please visit www.heidelhouse.com.

About Fiore Companies

From a single business in 1921, the Fiore Companies has grown into one of Wisconsin’s leading investment groups, with a mission to develop, own and operate high quality, investment-grade properties and distinctive businesses. Fiore owns and manages a diversified portfolio of real estate assets, operating businesses, venture capital investments and marketable securities. For more information, please visit www.fiorecompanies.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts is a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS). With the addition of the Heidel House Resort & Spa, the company owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations. The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About The Marcus Corporation 

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets.  In addition to its Marcus Hotels & Resorts division, the company’s movie theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fifth largest theatre circuit in the United States and currently owns or operates 685 screens at 55 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio.  For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.marcuscorp.com.

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may generally be identified as such because the context of such statements include words such as we “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect” or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe our future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties which may cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) the availability, in terms of both quantity and audience appeal, of motion pictures for our theatre division, as well as other industry dynamics such as the maintenance of a suitable window between the date such motion pictures are released in theatres and the date they are released to other distribution channels; (2) the effects of increasing depreciation expenses, reduced operating profits during major property renovations, and preopening and start-up costs due to the capital intensive nature of our businesses; (3) the effects of adverse economic conditions in our markets, particularly with respect to our hotels and resorts division; (4) the effects of adverse weather conditions, particularly during the winter in the Midwest and in our other markets; (5) the effects on our occupancy and room rates of the relative industry supply of available rooms at comparable lodging facilities in our markets; (6) the effects of competitive conditions in our markets; (7) our ability to identify properties to acquire, develop and/or manage and the continuing availability of funds for such development; and (8) the adverse impact on business and consumer spending on travel, leisure and entertainment resulting from terrorist attacks in the United States or incidents such as the tragedy in a movie theatre in Colorado. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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06.16.14

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Installs Tesla Automobile High Power Charging Stations to its Properties across America

Milwaukee, Wis., June 16, 2014. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), is excited to announce the installation of Tesla High Power Charging Stations at the majority of its owned and managed properties across the United States.  The Tesla charging stations will provide a convenient and fast charging solution for Tesla Model S owners staying at a Marcus Hotels & Resorts property during the busy summer travel season.

“We are always finding new ways to enhance our guests’ overall experience.  By combining the leading-edge technology and the forward-thinking of Tesla with our commitment to providing an exceptional experience for our guests, we now have the ability to offer a high-tech, eco-friendly solution for Model S owners traveling this summer,” said Brian Burton, vice president, revenue generation for Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Tesla Wall Charger
“Imagine the ability to travel across the country using only our hotels’ connectors and Tesla’s growing infrastructure of Superchargers.  Tesla customers can go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Minneapolis to Madison, Lake Geneva to Milwaukee, and Chicago to Atlanta.  Owners driving all day can stop at one of our hotels to recharge overnight and be on their way again in the morning.  Or, guests can charge their car for a few hours, while enjoying a drink or bite to eat in our popular lounges and restaurants while they wait.  Driving a luxury car deserves a luxury experience, and we are pleased to provide that high quality experience to Tesla owners.  It’s a win-win for everyone,” added Burton.

The Tesla High Power Wall Connector offers more than twice the power of typical charging stations, adding up to 58 miles of range to the Model S in just one hour.

“Thanks to our growing Supercharger network, Tesla Model S owners are hitting the road in increasing numbers,” said Cal Lankton, director of global EV infrastructure for Tesla. “By offering convenient destination charging services to Tesla owners, Marcus Hotels & Resorts is replicating the convenience our owners have become accustomed to at home.  Waking up relaxed with a fully charged Model S makes for a fantastic road trip experience.”

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has installed Tesla charging stations at the following properties:

  • Crowne Plaza-Northstar, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Ill.
  • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wis.
  • Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, Madison, Wis.
  • Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Heidel House, Green Lake, Wis.
  • Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, Bloomington, Minn.
  • InterContinental Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • The Garland, North Hollywood, Calif.
  • The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • The Platinum Hotel & Spa, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, Atlanta, Ga.

More installations are planned in the coming months.

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About Tesla

Tesla changed the auto industry in 2008 with the launch of the Tesla Roadster, the world’s first highway-capable electric vehicle. Tesla is furthering its mission to drive down the cost of electric vehicles with Model S, the first mass-produced electric premium sedan.

About Model S

Model S is the world’s first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle and has been engineered to elevate the public’s expectations of what a premium sedan can be. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center

of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan.Model S has received many awards and accolades during its first year on the market, includingMotor Trend 2013 Car of the Year©, AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2013 Automobile of the Year, the  2013 Yahoo! AUTOS Car of the Year, TIME’s Best Invention of the Year 2012, Consumer’s Reports highest score ever given to a car, and NHTSA 5-star safety rating.

With the most energy-dense battery pack in the industry and best-in-class aerodynamics, Model S has a range of 265-miles—the longest range of any production electric vehicle in the world. Tesla’s electric motor produces an impressive 443 pound-feet of instant torque, propelling Model S Performance from 0 to 60 in as little as 4.2 seconds.  Sitting beneath the floorboard, the revolutionary Tesla powertrain creates a remarkably low center of gravity and delivers a thrilling driving experience. Paired with an aluminum body engineered for superior handling, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states.  A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations.  The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels.  For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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06.10.14

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Properties and Restaurants Recognized with TripAdvisor® 2014 Certificate of Excellence

Milwaukee, Wis., June 10, 2014. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced that 15 of its owned and managed properties have received the TripAdvisor® 2014 Certificate of Excellence.  Twelve restaurants and lounges in its portfolio also received the 2014 Certificate of Excellence.  Joining the nearly 58,000 U.S. hospitality businesses that received the award this year, the Certificate of Excellence is awarded to the upper echelon of businesses listed on the TripAdvisor website.

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recognizes establishments that consistently achieve exceptional reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, and represent the top tier of businesses listed on the website.  Now in its fourth year, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence celebrates leaders in the hospitality industry from across the globe that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews.

Winners of the Certificate of Excellence award are chosen based on an algorithm that takes review ratings, volume and recency of reviews as well as the business’ tenure and popularity ranking into account.  Only establishments with at least a four out of five overall rating are eligible for consideration. Winners of the prestigious award include accommodations, eateries and attractions of all sizes.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winners are:

Hotels

Restaurants

“We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional experience for our guests from the moment they walk through the door.  Everything from our incomparable features to our high level of customer service creates a more personalized and enjoyable visit for our guests,” said Thomas F. Kissinger, interim president, Marcus Hotels & Resorts and senior executive vice president, The Marcus Corporation.  “We are especially honored to receive 27 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards in 2014 because they are based on the feedback of those who matter most – our customers.”

For more information on the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winners, please visit:http://www.tripadvisor.com/PressCenter-i6746-c1-Press_Releases.html.

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About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools.  TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.  The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com.  TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states.  A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations.  The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels.  For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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11.19.12

TCD’s 2012 Holiday Fun Guide

While taking care of all your to-dos this holiday season, don’t forget to pencil in time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Or better yet, save yourself the trouble and let TCD’s 2012 Holiday Guide keep you busy. From tree lighting ceremonies to breakfast with Santa, our guide includes holiday fun for the whole family.

Holiday Lights and Decor

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

This magical night is not one to miss. The Holiday Lights Festival is the unofficial start to the holiday season in downtown Milwaukee. Cathedral Square, Zeidler Union Square and Pere Marquette Park are each decorated with a specific theme in mind. See them all in one night, or make an evening out of each park.

  • Thursday, Nov. 15- Dec. 31
  • Pere Marquette Park, 900 N Plankinton Ave, 53202
  • Cathedral Square, Kilbourn Ave & N Jefferson St
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Zeidler Union Square, 301 W Michigan St
    Milwaukee, WI 53244

Holiday Tree Lighting at Bayshore

The tree lighting at Bayshore is always an extravagant event.  While you’re getting a head-start on your holiday shopping, why not take a much needed break and walk on by Bayshore’s beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

  • Now through Christmas
  • Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N Bayshore Dr, Glendale,53217

Candy Cane Lane

There is nothing more indicative of the holiday season than Christmas lights, and there’s no better place to see them than Candy Cane Lane. Drive or walk around the neighborhood to witness some of the most unique holiday light displays in the city! Check the MACC Fund website for special entertainment including performances by Comedy Sportz and the Diamond Dancers.

  • Friday, Nov. 23 – Dec. 26
  • Monday-Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 5-10 p.m.
  • West Allis, WI
    • Neighborhood bounded by Oklahoma and Montana Avenues and 92nd to 96th Streets

MillerCoors Holiday Lites

With more than 300,000 LED lights, the “Holiday Lites” show at the Milwaukee Brewery is the largest in the Midwest! And only in Wisconsin does your visit also include a free mini brewery tour with samplings for those 21 and older.

  • Every Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30- Dec. 22
  • 4:40- 9 p.m.
  • 4251 West State Street,53208

The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights

Join us for Wisconsin’s largest holiday lights display at Jellystone in Campground.  The event features 1.3 million lights and dozens of one-of-a-kind displays in an experience that goes on for more than a mile.  Be blown away by the the main building adorned with 31,000 lights synchronized to music and and be wowed as you drive through a 250-ft tunnel of lights. One dollar from every car this season will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.

  • Every evening, Nov. 23- Jan. 1
  • 5 p.m.
  • 8425 Hwy 38 Caledonia, 53108

Family Fun

Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra

Dressed in their holiday best, this “beary” unique ensemble of musicians is not only an amusing sight but an entertaining one as well.  Every hour the group engages visitors with holiday classics that patrons of all ages will enjoy.

  • Now through Jan. 6
  • Bears perform every hour
  • The Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court, 275 W Wisconsin Ave, 53203

Jingle Bus

For just a dollar, the Jingle Bus takes you on a scenic tour throughout the city as a Milwaukee Public Service Ambassador talks you through the famous sights of our great downtown. Grab some complimentary cookies and cocoa before the trip, then sit back and enjoy the ride.

  • Thursday-Sunday, Starting Nov. 16- Dec. 30
  • 6-9 p.m., last departure at 8:20 p.m.
  • The Shops of Grand Avenue – Center Court, 275 W Wisconsin Ave, 53203

Lunch with Santa

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves invite guests to have lunch with them at the zoo! Come for the lunch, stay to see the animals, including the reindeer!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
  • Begins at noon
  • Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W Blue Mound Rd, 53226

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Hometown Holiday Tour

Milwaukee is fortunate to be home to a nationally acclaimed symphony orchestra and even more fortunate to experience their engrossing performances for free this holiday season! Our hometown orchestra scheduled several shows in various venues throughout the city to reach audiences who wouldn’t otherwise be able to see them.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 11-15
  • Time and location varies, check website (link above) for further information

Build a Gingerbread House & Breakfast with Santa

Children are invited to show their artistic taste and customize their own gingerbread house plus have breakfast with Santa at Motor Bar & Restaurant.  They will provide everything you need to create the perfect gingerbread house for the family to enjoy.

  • Sunday Dec. 9 and Dec. 16
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Motor Bar & Restaurant, 401 W. Canal St., 53203

 Winter Activities

 

Westown Indoor and In-Store Market

Enjoy live music performances while you shop the indoor market for home-grown produce and handcrafted art located on the second floor of the mall.

  • Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 7- Dec. 19
  • 10 a.m. –  3 p.m.
  • Shops of Grand Avenue Mall, 275 W Wisconsin Ave, 53203

Grand Avenue Christmas

The Historic Pabst Mansion has been a Milwaukee icon over the last hundred years. Treat yourself to their annual Christmas decoration display that has received national acclamation.

  • Friday, Nov. 16- Jan. 13
  • Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
  • Pabst Mansion, 2000 W Wisconsin Ave, 53233

“Let it Snow” Show at the Domes

There are very few places where you can walk through the desert and then five minutes later roam through a snowy oasis (don’t worry, it’s not real snow). The floral interpretation of the phrase “Let it Snow” is this season’s special exhibit in the Show Dome. Visitors will stroll through a winter wonderland where they’ll see classic sights such as a sleigh and children sledding.

  • Saturday, Nov. 17- Jan. 6
  • 6-9 p.m.
  • Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), 524 S Layton Blvd, 53215

Slice of Ice, Red Arrow Park

Whether or not you have the skills of Michelle Kwan or can barely walk in skates, the ice rink at Red Arrow Park accepts all ability levels. Ice skates are available to rent at the park and a Starbucks is conveniently located next to the rink to warm-up afterwards.

  • Opens Thursday, Dec. 6, (weather permitting) -Jan. 4
  • 11 a.m.-8 p.m., times change weekly
  • Red Arrow Park, 920 N Water St, 53202

Snow Day Bar Crawl

This holiday themed pub crawl  has its roots in Washington D.C. and has since traveled to the Midwest. Participants will enjoy exclusive drink specials in their complimentary mug and, if you’re still standing, are invited to an after party hosted by Buckhead Saloon.

  • Saturday, Dec. 15
  • 1-8 p.m.
  • Participating bars: Buckhead Saloon, Brother’s, Irish Rec Room, Milwaukee Brat House, Upper 90 Sports Pub

Milwaukee Winter Fest

This indoor festival brings more than 50 rides and activities to the Delta (formerly Frontier Airlines) Center in the week leading up to the new year. Highlights include one of the largest indoor zip lines in the state, a roller rink, radar snowball pitch and a polar cafe for parents. Admission is $15 for children and $10 for adults at the door, or $12 and $8 in advance.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 26 – Monday, Dec. 31
  • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wed/Thurs/Sun, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri/Sat, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday
  • Delta Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Holiday Performances

The Nutcracker

In its tenth year of production, Milwaukee Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is updated every year to keep the show fresh. Check out our own Tom Strini’s review of last year’s show.

  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26
  • Monday and Wednesday at 1:30p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 1:30
  • Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N Water St, 53202

Who Killed Santa?

Was it Rudolph? Could it have been Frosty? Or perhaps The Little Drummer Boy? I wouldn’t write off “poor” Tiny Tim either. Like the game of Clue, audience members try and help the detectives figure out which of Santa’s guests turned the holiday party into a murder scene. Written by local playwright Neil Haven, this puppet show is back for its fourth year of production.

  •  Friday, Dec. 14 – 30
  • Wed/Thurs at 7:30 p.m., Fri/Sat at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • Carte Blanche Studios, 1024 S 5th St, 53204

Holiday Events

Santa Hustle 5K

I would say that this run would be a good way to burn off all those hearty winter meals and cookies you’ve consumed throughout the season, but with snacks and treats available along the course route, I wouldn’t be fooling anyone. With candy posts throughout the course, this is a run even Santa would consider. By the way, did I mention that you get a Santa hat and beard, and a themed t-shirt with your registration?

  • Saturday, Dec. 22
  • 9 a.m.
  • Veterans Park, 700 N Art Museum Dr, 53202

A Mason Street Grill Christmas

Your Christmas tradition starts at Mason Street Grill featuring classic American favorites and a specially prepared Christmas prix fixe dinner.  Private dining rooms are also available for your family gathering whether it’s six or 60.

  • Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25
  • Monday from 5 – 10 p.m. and Tuesday from 1 – 7 p.m.
  • 425 E. Mason St, 53202
Your Pfister Christmas features a spectacular buffet filled with a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, entrees, and decadent desserts presented in our ballroom.  Add an overnight stay on December 24 or December 25 for $230 (includes brunch for two), and add a second night for just $99 more.  Also, the Lobby Lounge now offers an innovative selection of small bites, Pizzettas and fondues for sharing, and that feature many local ingredients.  Guests can take in the luxurious lobby lounge experience while snacking on options like Filet Forks with brown butter mushrooms and tomato hollandaise; Pecan Pizzetta with braised onion and pecan sauce, drunken figs and apricots, merlot syrup rain, and pecan crunch; and Sprecher Amber & Cheddar fondue with salted pumpernickel, local apples fry bread shards, celery hearts and fried curds.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Rouge Ballroom, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave, 53202

Begin your holiday festivities at Kil@wat on Christmas Eve and enjoy a scrumptious Christmas brunch or dinner.  The menu features salads, appetizers, two different entrees and dessert.

  • Monday, Dec. 24
  • Brunch 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Dinner 5:30 – 10 p.m.
  • Intercontinental, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave, 53202

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center Cafe is having a holiday breakfast a la carte and buffet.  Select from your favorite morning dishes or indulge in the bountiful breakfast buffet.  The brunch buffet is $16 per adult.

  • Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25
  • Monday 6:30 – 11 a.m. Tuesday 6:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & a la carte breakfast menu 6:30 – 11: 30 a.m.
  • The Cafe, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave, 53203
Tired of cooking over the holiday season?  Then Don’t!  Make your Christmas Eve less stressful and enjoy tender steak or fresh seafood from Milwaukee Chophouse.
  • Monday, Dec. 24
  • 4:30 – 9 p.m.
  • 633 N. 5th St, 53203

Holiday Getaways

Each of these vacation destinations have special themed activities scheduled  throughout the holiday season

Places to Grab a Christmas Meal


Year -Round Events

Coach and Carriage Rides



 
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