The Village in Wauwatosa Catches Spirit for the Holidays
With the holidays in full swing, there is a time and a place for shopping and hanging out of “the mall” with several outstanding places in the Milwaukee area. There is also a time and place to get away from the malls, and the place to go then is the Village in Wauwatosa.
With a diverse selection of some 125 businesses in a comfortable and very walkable area, the heart of the Village is a bustling historic district with a distinctly European feel where old world meets new world.
Quaint urban locations like the Village are especially appealing during the often chaotic holiday shopping season. Shoppers and other visitors can browse for gifts while relaxing and dining in a charming setting along the picturesque Menomonee River surrounded by holiday decorations and other real reminders of Wauwatosa’s rich history.
The Village adds to its already authentic European holiday vibe with its Village Holiday Spirit activities and specials including Village Holiday Spirit, Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Open House and this year’s Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visit.
The Village Holiday Spirit promotion presents shoppers with a chance to enter to win gift baskets at participating shops and stores anytime before drawings on December 20. Prizes include packages with gourmet food and beverages, desserts, apparel, gift cards and more. It’s a great time to shop in the Village’s authentic atmosphere with a chance to win some cool gifts from our local shops.
Friday, December 4, is the brightest of holiday nights in the Village with its 18th annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., including a visit from Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot beverages, children’s craft creations and caroling from the Sophia’s Heart Choir and the McKinley Elementary School Chorus. It doesn’t get much for special for the holidays, or does it?
It gets very special in the Village when the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops in the Village at 8:05 p.m. on Harwood Avenue near the Tosa Farmer’s Market location, following the Tree Lighting. The visit includes a show featuring music by Canadian country artist Kira Isabella and country band Doc Walker. It’s a chance for a creating family memories and holiday photo opportunities for all.
The 2015 Train visit was initiated by local Girl Scout Troop 1185 members Michaela Miller and Maddie Sveum, who rallied the community to support the project. Their reason for doing so was to raise awareness and donations for local food pantries like Tosa Cares. Food donations can be made the night of the event on December 4 or see more details online at www.tosacares.com.
The weekend of December 4-6 features the annual Holiday Open House at Metcalfe’s Market at 6700 W. State Street. Showcasing a recent remodeling effort, Metcalfe’s Open House displays some 75 vendors with appetizers, libations and more. The Open House and all the other special events are just some of the many ways to enjoy the holidays in the Village in Wauwatosa.