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ThE ‘CALM AND BRIGHT’ HOLIDAY FLoral Show Opens at the Domes NOVEMBER 19, 2022

The Mitchell Park Domes holiday The Mitchell Park Domes holiday show opens to the public on November 19. The show features nearly a thousand colorful poinsettias. The centerpiece of the floral display is a towering Christmas tree, adorned with vintage ornaments from the Domes collection. For decades, the Domes have been a destination for families looking for a calming respite during the holidays; the Holiday Show offers an escape to a magical place of annual tradition since it opened in 1964.

The Holiday season also includes ‘Sticker Wednesdays’ – visitors on any Wednesday during the Holiday Show will receive a free sticker, and starting on Friday, November 25th, the first light show of the season will begin. After that, all light shows will be on ‘Late Night Thursdays, with admission extended to 8pm (last admission is one hour before close) on Thursday nights.

The Calm and Bright Holiday show will run until January 01, 2023.

WAMI Award winner, David HB Drake will appear during the holiday show, performing seasonal music – obscure folksongs to pop hits – in the guise of two colorful characters: Gnorman the Dome Gnome; and as himself, the “Gentle Troubadour.” Gnorman joins us December 11 at 2pm, and David performs traditional folksongs, English wassails, and French carols December 18 at 2pm. These performances are included in the regular admission.

What you need to know when you plan your visit to the domes:

  • Adults $8.00 / Milwaukee residents $7.00,
  • Youth (6-17) or Student $6.00 / Milwaukee resident $5.00
  • Seniors (60+) $8.00 / Milwaukee residents $5.00
  • Admission is free for Members of the Friends of the Domes.

2022 Domes Winter Hours:

  • Wednesday thru Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Weekends: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • *Last admission 1 hour before close

And to reminisce from when we attended in January 2018 to the opening weekend of the Railroad to Wonderland, it was so warm (40 degrees) that waiting outside in line felt amazing. (It really did!) How often can you hang out outside in January with no winter jacket and feel the sun shining down on you?

But inside felt even better! We started with the Show Dome which was decked out for the winter train show. The theme was Railroad to Wonderland. My kiddos loved reading the chapters from Alice in Wonderland as we walked around the round room, decorated with all sorts of scenes from the classic tale. Trains, Tracks and Switches (Shorehaven in Oconomowoc) Milwaukee Domes Train Lake Country Family Fun

We moved on to the Desert Dome next, where of course we checked on my oldest’s favorite lizard. We grabbed a scavenger hunt sheet for this Dome and began our hunt, checking off the items down the list as we found them. Another great idea is playing I Spy with your kiddos throughout the Domes.

My personal favorite dome is the Tropical Dome as I am usually always cold. The thermometer said it was only 72 degrees in the room, but with the humidity so high, it felt like I had been transported to a tropical oasis, a rain forest far away from Milwaukee, WI. Plus, the plants and trees inside here are just gorgeous! My kiddos love to stop on the bridge and watch the Koi fish swimming back and forth. Back and forth.

If you are looking for some educational, gorgeous fun with the kids, we highly suggest a visit to the Mitchell Park Domes. They have many special events going on through the year.  The hours of The Domes are Monday through Friday: 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  For admission rates, please visit their website.


  • We allocated about an hour to explore the Domes.

Madi took her little ones on a sunny, Friday morning in March and enjoyed the peacefulness of the Show Dome.

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