Spotlight: Best Holiday Activities

Looking for something to do this holiday season with family and friends? Here are some of the best holiday events to attend during the holiday season.

* Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival is downtown Milwaukee’s holiday celebration beginning in mid-November and running through early January 2005. Highlights include roofline lighting and street level decorations throughout downtown Milwaukee, including three downtown parks.

* First Stage Children’s Theater presents “A Christmas Story” Nov. 26-Dec. 26, based on the book and motion picture written by Jean Shepherd. Set in 1939, the play follows the dreams of young Ralphie Parker who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder 200-shot carbine action range model air rifle for Christmas! Will he get it? Call for tickets, (414) 273-7206.

* Holiday Night Lights at the Zoo includes the Zoological Society’s Winter Wonderland presented by We Energies from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. Enjoy the nighttime magic of the zoo lit by thousands of glowing lights.

* Milwaukee Symphony Pops featuring Doc Severinsen’s Holiday Concert, Dec. 3-5 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Doc delivers a brand new holiday show with all the trimmings. Call the Marcus Center for tickets, (414) 273-7206.

* The 16th annual Christmas in the Ward takes place Dec. 3-4. Enjoy the holiday spirit of the Historic Third Ward with carolers, shopping and delicious treats, plus a visit from Santa, carriage rides and fireworks.

* The Milwaukee Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” runs Dec. 10-26. This holiday perennial will return in essentially the same Michael Pink version unveiled in 2003. Call (414) 273-7206 for ticket information.

* The Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. One of Milwaukee’s oldest and best-loved yuletide traditions, “A Christmas Carol” returns to the Pabst Theater for its 29th consecutive year, Nov. 20-Dec. 26. (414) 224-9490.

* Go ice-skating on Red Arrow Park’s Slice of Ice, 920 N. Water St., in downtown Milwaukee. Have fun and burn some energy at the same time on Milwaukee’s outdoor refrigerated ice rink. Open December through February, weather permitting.

* Experience a Grand Avenue Christmas just like they did in the Gilded Age at the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Nov. 12-Jan. 9. (414) 931-0808.

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-Public restroom
-Place to pamper your pooch
-Seat at the Bradley Center
-Philanthropist that doesn't mind sharing the wealth
-Goody bag finds
-1982 Brewer still making his living as a 1982 Brewer
-Place to get in shape
-Place to spice up your life
-Place to act like Paul Bunyan
-Solution for fixing the roof at Miller Park
-Use of mangos
-Way to eliminate MMSD dumping into Lake Michigan
-Reason to have a hangover
-Place to find Mochi
-Reason to buy sausage 
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-Milwaukee Buck
-Place to find cheap gas
-Place to risk gaining 5 pounds
-Holiday microbrew
-Use for the Park East freeway
-Place to rub elbows with famous people
-Reason to wear a thong
-Representative of Milwaukee
-Reality TV star
-Way to beat the fall chill
-Reason to drive in circles for a parking spot
-Place to raise your cholesterol
-Best holiday activities
-Place drink coffee and watch the world go by

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Contributing writers: Laurie Arendt, Kay Dahlke, Jordan DeChambre, Candace Doyle, Bob Gosman, Matt Hronick, JoAnn Petaschnick, Janet Raasch, Mary Lou Santovec, Amy Siewert Contributing photographers: Nathan Harrmann, Amy Siewert
Illustrations: Anjl Rodee