In the spirit of Christmas, we all can use a little holiday cheer that doesn’t require admission to attend. Here is a roundup of free holiday events in the Milwaukee area for December:
Festival City Symphony: Holiday Pajama Jamboree, Dec. 1. Bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force. Marcus Center Bradley Pavilion, 929 N. Water St. (262) 853-6085.
Arts At Large: Holiday Celebration, 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Wreath making for families to include wreaths, ribbons, ornaments and fun decorations to make a holiday wreath. 1100 S. Fifth St. (414) 763-7379.
Village of Brookfield: Tree Lighting, 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Santa and reindeer, with hot cocoa and cookies for children to decorate. Art-N-Soul Design Studio, 18720 Pleasant St., Brookfield.
Grace Lutheran Church: Chant Claire concert, 5 p.m. Dec. 3. Donation appreciated to support the artists. 1209 N. Broadway.
Christmas in the Ward: Tree lighting ceremony in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Enjoy music, live reindeer, hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, and a winter fireworks display over the river. Catalano Square, 138 N. Broadway.
Christmas on KK: Tree lighting, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Opening ceremony with music by children’s choir. Zillman Park, 2180 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Tosa Village: Tree Lighting, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3. 7603 W. State St., Wauwatosa.
Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church: Live Outdoor Nativity, 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3; 4:45, 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4. See the live nativity animals, enjoy cookies, coffee and cocoa, with musical performances by church and school family. 1941 Madison St., Waukesha.
Hales Corners Library: Village Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Holiday music, with Santa arriving by firetruck. Parking lot, 5885 S. 116th St., Hales Corners.
New Berlin Historical Park Museum: Kids Holiday Fest, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 5. Free event. Ornament/jewelry crafts for kids, storytelling, visit with Santa from 2:30 to 3:30. BYO flashlight for walks through the park, with hot chocolate and cookies. 19885 W. National Ave. (262) 542-9591.
Boerner Botanical Gardens: Holiday Gift Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5. Gifts for sale from dozens of area artists, crafters and vendors. Masks are required inside the building. Whitnall Park, Education & Visitor Center, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. (414) 525-5600.
Old Falls Village: Tour the Miller Davidson House, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 5. Enjoy a free cookie and beverage in the decorated dining room. Shop the Cookie Sale in the Public House to help support the Menomonee Falls Historical Society. Pilgrim Road and Highway Q, Menomonee Falls. (262) 250-3901.
The Corners of Brookfield: Hanukkah celebration featuring a candy cane menorah, 4 p.m. Dec. 5. 20111 W. Blue Mound Road, Brookfield.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: Advent Lessons and Carols presented by the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Women’s Choir, 5:15 p.m. Dec. 5. A freewill offering benefiting the Cathedral’s music and fine arts ministry is requested. 812 N. Jackson St.
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Bay View Tree Lighting: Dec. 6. Carols by the St. Thomas More High School Choir begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a singalong for children and families, and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus at 7 p.m. to light the tree. Hot food and beverages will be served. Gather in the west parking lot of Immaculate Conception Church, 1023 E. Russell Ave.
Milwaukee Art Museum: Kohl’s Family Sundays: Holiday Edition online, through Dec. 19. Virtual participants will enjoy musical performances, student art exhibits and art-making ideas. Available online at: mam.org/learn/family-sundays
Milwaukee Garden District: Tree Lighting with caroling by area schools, 6-7 p.m. Dec. 7. Visit with Santa, and free cookies and hot chocolate, while supplies last. Farmer’s market area and gardens at West Norwich Avenue and South Sixth Street.
Muskego Public Library: “Herald the Holidays with Less Stress” Zoom webinar, 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Register at cityofmuskego.org/calendar
New Berlin Community Band: “A Holly Jolly Christmas” concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. New Berlin West PAC, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin.
Jackson Park Lutheran Church: Live Outdoor Nativity, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11. Characters and stable animals will gather in a manger scene outside the church, with Christmas music, and a retelling of the Christmas story from the chapter of Luke. Hot food and beverages will be offered outdoors. 4535 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Cocoa with the Clauses: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Santa and Mrs. Claus return for annual outdoor event for kids to share their wish lists, and for moms and dads to take a keepsake photo. Bring your own camera. Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St.
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.: Merry + Bright Holiday Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12. First 50 attendees will receive a sample of one of Anodyne’s signature holiday coffee blends. WMSE DJ Johnny K plays holiday tunes, with local vendors selling handmade, vintage and curated goods. Triciclo Perú will be on-site selling empanadas. 224 W. Bruce St.
North Shore Library: Altered Book Art: Snowmen, 1 p.m. Dec. 14. For adult crafters, learn how to make a snowman out of recycled book pages. Materials will be provided. 6800 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale. Registration required: (414) 351-3461.
Urban Ecology-Menomonee Valley: Christmas Bird Count, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 18. Join volunteers collecting data on bird population trends. 3700 W. Pierce. (414) 431-2940.
Arts At Large: Make Pinecone Gnomes, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 18. Learn how to create your own gnomes out of pinecones. 1100 S. 5th St. (414) 763-7379.
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