Local chimney sweep maintained White House fireplaces

Published Dec. 22, 2019

Local chimney sweep Jeff Schmittinger routinely traveled to Washington D.C. to maintain the 35 fireplaces in the White House. Unrelated: he has also, occasionally, seen signs of Santa Claus.


Where you can find Santa this holiday season

Published Dec. 4, 2019

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, I'm telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to Milwaukee! If you're looking for the places where you can put your paws on the Claus, check out this handy guide.


Merry OnMilwaukee Bucket List: Santa Rampage

Published Dec. 3, 2019

Has the cold weather got you down? Do you wish, more than anything, that you could hop on your bike and pedal your cares away? Do you happen to own a Santa suit? If you said yes to all three questions, this is the perfect event for you.


Milwaukee Krampusnacht returns to creep out your Christmas

Published Nov. 15, 2019

He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He's knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake. Think that I'm talking about Santa Claus? Think again. I'm talking about Krampus.


15 sensational shots of Saturday's Santa Cycle Rampage

Published Dec. 3, 2017

A sea of Santas, reindeer, Grinches, elves and even a Joseph with a very pregnant Mary, along with a mass of bicycles, invaded Wauwautosa's downtown district on Saturday morning for the Wisconsin Bike Federation's Santa Cycle Rampage.


Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Finding Santa"

Published Nov. 30, 2017

I've finally encountered a Hallmark holiday movie worthy of this column's title, a movie that clogged my arteries with cheese and gave me diabetes from all the unrestrained saccharine sweetness: "Finding Santa."


Belief in Santa's elves gets a workout at Marcus Center's "Elf"

Published Nov. 23, 2016

The answer to a flying sleigh, and other Christmas mysteries, lies in "Elf," the musical running at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. And when you get down to it, the whole thing is really pretty simple as we find out from an elf named Buddy.


Milwaukee Santa guide

Published Dec. 5, 2015

Were you naughty? Were you nice? Either way -- check out this list of the best places to have fun and see Santa Claus!


Kooky Cooky House returns

Published Oct. 22, 2014

Many Milwaukeeans who grew up in the `60s, `70s and `80s remember the Kooky Cooky House - an electronic gingerbread cookie factory that featured dozens of moving parts - that was located in the now defunct Capitol Court Mall. This year, an updated Kooky Cooky House returns to Discovery World.


Hundreds of Santas to cycle for spirits, support and ska

Published Nov. 25, 2013

The Santa Rampage is an annual event in Milwaukee that has reached cult-status, featuring hundreds of people in Santa suits - as well as a wide swath of various holiday-themed costumes - riding their bicycles through the city. The occasion is so beloved that even the dodgy weather of the season typically does not detract from the merriment or the number of riders who participate in these festivities.


Featured bartender: Bill "Messy" Mesenbrink from Johnson's Green 7

Published June 22, 2013

"Everyone calls me 'Messy' or 'Santa,'" says Bill Mesenbrink during a recent visit to Johnson's Green 7, a Glendale bar and restaurant that's been around - and family-owned - for 51 years. Mesenbrink is enjoying retirement as a golfer, bartender and a booked-solid Santa Claus.


Hey Santa! I owe you one

Published Dec. 20, 2012

Not to be confused with THE Christmas story, I would like to conclude the year with a Christmas story. And a lighthearted, silly little one at that.


A Milwaukee list for Santa

Published Dec. 19, 2012

As we prepare to discard the calendar of a tumultuous and often nasty 2012 in Wisconsin, it's time to launch into 2013 with a clean slate and try to begin the year with no grudges and a spirit of compromise. Here's one man's Milwaukee wish list for Santa.