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The Best of Downtown’s Christmas Trees

Downtown buildings get dressed up for the holidays, who does it best?

By - Dec 24th, 2018 10:44 am
The Christmas trees at Federal Courthouse. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

The Christmas trees at Federal Courthouse. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

“The Scrooges won’t notice, but the holiday decorations are the one time of year when often anonymous architectural spaces get a lot of attention,” said Toronto writer and city lover Shawn Micallef in a 2016 column.

Micallef, who has written a number of books on Canada’s largest city, annually documents every lobby Christmas tree he encounters on Twitter. He finds everything from dramatic, space-defining trees to half-hearted trees plunked near exits.

Downtown Milwaukee may not have as many skyscrapers as Toronto, nor their accompanying marble lobbies, but the Cream City has plenty of buildings lit up with Christmas trees. From the US Bank Center to Milwaukee City Hall, trees add life to the concrete jungle.

With just the amount of seriousness any journalist should apply to a Christmas Eve column, I present you a tree-by-tree look at how Downtown’s lobbies dress up for the holidays.

Have a favorite? Vote in our poll below. We’ll announce the winner New Year’s Day, just in time for property managers to start planning for Christmas 2019. And yes, apologies in advance, I know we missed a few.

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