M&I Holiday Display open to the Public
M&I Bank has opened it’s 2010 holiday display. The Enchanted Forest display is free and open to the public and features M&I Bank’s collection of more than 150 life-sized costumed animals including lions, kangaroos, penguins, monkeys and bears.
The M&I holiday collection of animals began in 1972, when 30 life-sized Steiff animals were discovered at FAO Schwartz in New York City. Steiff animals are collectors’ items originally made in Germany, by Margarete Steiff, who hand-stitched the animals. Many of the figures are no longer being made. The Steiff Company made the original teddy bear in 1903.
The display is located in the lobby of the M&I Bank at 770 N. Water St. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Weekends, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day the display will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The display will remain in the lobby until Monday, Jan. 3.
Santa to visit Sprecher
Santa and his elves are scheduled to appear at Sprecher Brewing Company, 701 W. Glendale Ave., for the annual Soda with Sana event on Sundays Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 starting at 11 a.m.
Families can take a brewery tour, visit with Santa, have a photo taken with him and even have the picture placed on a bottle of Sprecher root beer.
Brewery tours will be given on the hour from 12 to 3 p.m. Pictures with Santa cost $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and includes a brewery tour, a commemorative glass, beer and soda samples. Pictures with Santa are $3 for children and include a tour, a coloring book, and soda samples. U.S. Military personnel with valid ID are free.
The personalized Sprecher Root Beer will be ready to take with you when you leave and will cost $2 per bottle, minimum 12 bottle order.
MillerCoors lights up Miller Valley
MillerCoors will kick off it’s annual “Holiday Lites Show” on Friday, Dec. 3. This year’s display has more than 300,000 LED lights synchronized to a series of holiday songs. The display will run through Saturday, Dec. 18.
“The Milwaukee Brewery celebrated its 155th anniversary in 2010, and the Holiday Lites tradition is one way we can show our appreciation to the Milwaukee community,” said Mike Jones, MillerCoors vice president of corporate affairs. “We have more lights than ever before in this year’s show and hope that all who visit our Milwaukee Brewery Tour during the holiday season enjoy the program and have a great time.”
The show is one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest and shows run every 20 minutes and are included as part of the free Milwaukee Brewery Tours that begin at the Visitor’s Center. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the Brewery’s Toys for Tots drive or to donate non-perishable food items to benefit Feeding America.