Stroll through the site’s Crossroads Village, decked in holiday greenery and full of homes and shops bustling with holiday preparations. Explore how a rich mosaic of ethnic traditions continues to be part of their contemporary celebrations and learn the stories behind them.
See preparations for different holiday festivities in the late 19th century. Discover the vibrant holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by our immigrant ancestors and create your own holiday memories together at Old World Wisconsin’s Home For The Holidays. Hear seasonal songs, sip tasty cider, visit Santa’s workshop, and watch out for Krampus as you discover how our modern celebrations evolved from these historic roots.
Old World Wisconsin is the perfect spot to meet friends and family from across the region to enjoy a day of warmth and discovery as you create your own holiday traditions. Sights, sounds, smells, and tastes will make history come to life as we connect in new ways.
General Admission (13+): $19.99
Children (12 and under): $13.99
Children under 5: Free w/ no ticket required
Society members receive a 10% discount
10:00 am to 3:00 pm December 3 and 4; 10 and 11.
While Home for the Holidays at Old World Wisconsin
Raise a glass and prepare your taste buds as Old World Wisconsin combines two of Wisconsin’s favorite holiday treats: chocolate and beer! Step into the site’s beautiful Clausing Barn and experience the magic of local winter beer flavors paired with hand-made truffles from Milwaukee’s own Indulgence Chocolatiers. Explore how complimentary and contradictory flavors enhance what we eat and drink. Take home a gift bag with treats and showcase your newfound pairing prowess during your own holiday events.
Occurs on December 3 & 10, 2022
3:00 – 4:00 pm
This portion is an adult only event.
Know before you go to Old World Wisconsin:
Only the Crossroads Village will be open for this event. Trams will NOT be running as part of this event. Restrooms are available. Paths are brick, earth, or gravel, and may be uneven or snow-covered. The event is held in all weather unless severe weather causes a cancellation. Please dress for the weather. Event lighting is low. The event takes place both in historic structures and outside, with thresholds and steps in some areas. The museum store will be open from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A daily handout will include times and locations for live musical performances, descriptions of the homes and activities, and the menus for warm food and drink will be available.
About Old World Wisconsin:
Old World Wisconsin documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.
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