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.
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.
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.
We told you it was coming... but beginning today, Santa Camp has arrived. And it's everything you'd expect... and so much more. Take a peek at what to expect.
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.
There is exactly one member of The Fraternal Order of Real-Bearded Santas living in Wisconsin. It's Brian Lewis, a retired IT professional living in Fond du Lac.
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.
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."
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.
Were you naughty? Were you nice? Either way -- check out this list of the best places to have fun and see Santa Claus!
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.