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Celebrate Holiday Traditions in Milwaukee at The Pfister Hotel, Hilton Milwaukee and Intercontinental Milwaukee

Thanksgiving buffets, tree lighting ceremonies, breakfast with Santa, Pfister marketplace and more kick of the holiday season!

By - Nov 1st, 2016 08:31 am
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Milwaukee, Wis., November 1, 2016 – Holiday activities in Milwaukee at The AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel, AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Milwaukee and InterContinental Milwaukee, owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, are an unparalleled experience.  From the moment Santa Claus flips the switch to light the Christmas tree, to breakfast with the jolly old man himself in the days leading up to the 25th, there are plenty of memories to be shared for young and old at three of Milwaukee’s premier hotels this holiday season.

The Pfister Holiday Season

Milwaukee’s treasured hotel is pleased to present a number of memorable experiences and events for all to enjoy, including:

A Pfister Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch

Thursday, November 24, 2016 | 10 AM – 2 PM

The gracious atmosphere of The Pfister’s ballroom is the perfect setting for a memorable Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Casual, yet elegant, the hotel’s bountiful brunch provides ample holiday cheer, from appetizers and entrees, to side dishes and desserts – plus all the traditional trimmings!  Pricing: $60 Adults, $20 Children (3-10), 2 and under free.

Pfister Annual Tree Lighting Event

Friday, November 25, 2016 | 5 PM – 6:30 PM

One of Milwaukee’s most celebrated traditions, The Pfister Hotel kicks off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 25, 2016.  A magical experience for the whole family, the event includes complimentary holiday treats, music, hot cocoa, eggnog and bubbly. Parents are invited to bring their cameras, as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at 5:20 p.m. on a Milwaukee Fire Department fire truck to greet guests and pose for photos. Guests will be encouraged to write letters to Santa and drop them in Santa’s special mailbox, which he will take back with him to the North Pole.  Children can also take part in decorating a giant-sized gingerbread hotel. While the actual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m., the other activities will extend to 6:30 p.m.   To support those in need during the holiday season, The Pfister Hotel will be collecting food for Hunger Task Force and encourages guests to bring non-perishable food items.

Pfister Holiday Marketplace

November 25 – December 24, 2016 – Monday through Thursday 10 AM-7 PM; Saturday 9 AM-7 PM; Sunday 9 AM-5 PM.  December 24, 10 AM-2 PM.

Special hours on Friday, November 25, 12 PM – 9PM |Opening Reception free to the public beginning at -7 PM with live entertainment by Nineteen Thirteen.  Meet participating artists and enjoy light snacks.

Discover, interact and connect with local artists with a unique experience that fuses holiday fun and art in many forms.  Featuring over 60 local artists and curated by talented artist Renee Bebeau, guests can explore music, fine art and learning opportunities including snowflake cutting, art demonstrations, introductory henna class, and more.  The Pfister Marketplace opens Friday, November 25 at 12:00 PM and will continue through December 24.  Learn more at

Breakfast with Santa

Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17, 2016 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

A Pfister tradition that creates lifelong memories, share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom. Pricing: $45 Adults, $20 Children (3-10), 2 and under free.

Christmas Celebration Brunch

Sunday, December 25, 2016 | 10 AM – 2 PM

Join The Pfister Hotel in a hearty brunch Sunday, December 25, 2016 from 10 AM – 2 PM.

A Pfister Christmas begins with a complimentary toast, followed by a spectacular buffet featuring a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, entrees and decadent desserts in the elegantly appointed ballroom.  Pricing: $60 Adults, $20 Children (3-10), 2 and under free.

Pfister Holiday Brochure

Each year, The Pfister Hotel produces a holiday brochure available free of charge to visitors and guests.  The annual holiday brochure showcases stunning imagery and highlights all of the exciting holiday activities available to local residents and hotel guests from Thanksgiving brunch and the annual tree lighting to breakfast with Santa and more.

New Year’s Eve with a View at Blu

Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 5 PM – 12:30 AM

Reserved seating with bottle service available 7:30 PM – 12:30 AM. 

Ring in the New Year in style at Blu, The Pfister’s 23rd floor gem in the sky.  Blu is one of the few lounges and bars with a view of Milwaukee’s skyline. VIP packages are available including a reserved table with premium champagne, party favors and a dessert & cheese display.  Also enjoy live music and entertainment by 10-piece Milwaukee band De La Buena.

Add an overnight stay to your Pfister experience.  Rates start at $119 per night, plus tax.  Valid November 25-27 and December 16-23, 2016.  For reservations call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950.

For more information on The Pfister Holidays, visit: 

Holiday Traditions at The Hilton Milwaukee Hotel

Annual Tree Lighting Event

Saturday, November 19 12:30 PM (After Milwaukee Holiday Parade)

Don’t miss this beloved annual tradition after the downtown Milwaukee Christmas parade on Saturday, November 19 as the Hilton Milwaukee’s Christmas tree lights are turned on to kick off the holiday season. Visit with Santa, warm up with hot chocolate and listen to the sounds of The Naturals — Marquette University’s premier all-male a cappella group. After the ceremony, enjoy the beautifully lit lobby from a warm seat in the Monarch Lounge or treat the little ones to a root beer in Miller Time Pub & Grill. Complimentary parking with purchase.  Official tree lighting takes place at 12:30 P.M.

Warm Cider November Weekends

Enjoy complimentary hot apple cider in the Hilton lobby or adult spiked cider for $5 in the Monarch Lounge on Saturdays and Sundays throughout November.

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast and Buffet

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Breakfast: 6:30 AM – 11 AM; Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet: 11 AM – 3 PM

The Hilton’s culinary team provides a day of feasting on Thanksgiving Day in the Hilton Café.  Enjoy breakfast a la carte with a full beverage menu from 6:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  The Thanksgiving Buffet available from 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. includes all of the traditional holiday fixings including a turkey carving station, braised beef with mustard sauce, roasted salmon with balsamic onion, sage and root vegetable stuffing, brulee sweet potato, green bean and mushroom casserole and butter and maple poached carrots with dill essence.  A special children’s buffet is also available.  Pricing: $34 Adults, $17 Children (3-10), 2 and under free.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17 | 9 AM – 11 AM

Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift for each child December 3, 10 and 17 from 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  Kids will enjoy building and decorating their own keepsake ornament, face painting, crafting letters to Santa, a holiday movie and much more. And don’t forget the camera! Pricing: $35 Adults, $20 Children (3-12), 2 and under free.

Hot Cocoa & Cookies in December in the Monarch Lounge

Mondays – Saturdays in December | 5 PM – 9PM

Relax and enjoy the comfort of the season with a mug of hot cocoa and two cookies for $6.  If you like to take your hot cocoa up a notch, you can add a shot of Baileys, Kahlua or peppermint schnapps for an additional $5.

New Year’s Eve Celebration in Monarch Lounge

Saturday, December 31, 2016 4 PM – 1 AM

Enjoy holiday beverages, complimentary party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.   Reserved seating is available for the countdown to midnight and live music by Phil Seed Trio.

For more information on the Hilton Milwaukee holidays, visit: 

An InterContinental Milwaukee Holiday

Thanksgiving Brunch and Dinner at Kil@Wat

Thursday, November 24, 2016 | 7 AM – 8 PM

Feast with family and friends at Kil@wat’s incredible Thanksgiving brunch or four-course dinner. Bringing together traditional favorites and adventurous new creations, this will be a Thanksgiving to remember.  Dinner Pricing: $49 per person/$69 with wine pairings.

Glühwein & Sweets Special at CLEAR

Saturday, December 24, 2016 | 4 PM – Close

Enjoy the hotel’s rustic recipe of Glühwein – a classic mulled beverage – and sample some desserts to satisfy your holiday season sweet tooth.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Kil@Wat

Saturday, December 24, 2016 | 4 PM – 9 PM

Dine at Kil@wat for a fantastic five-part holiday feast.  Each course can be complemented with a perfectly paired wine. Pricing: $69 per person/$94 with wine pairings.

Christmas Day at Kil@Wat

Sunday, December 25, 2016 | 7 AM – 2 PM

Spend time with friends and family enjoying a spectacular plated brunch.

Countdown to Bubbly at CLEAR

Saturday December 31, 2016 | 9 PM – 2 AM

Celebrate with a little bubbly this year with a unique tasting flight of sparkling wines and Champagnes served with a selection of chocolate truffles for just $39.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Kil@wat

Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 5 PM – 10 PM 

Ring in the new year with style as you savor a sensational five-course dinner. Upgrade to enjoy delicious wine pairings with each dish. Pricing: $79 per person/$109 with wine pairings.

New Year’s Day Brunch at Kil@wat

Sunday, January 1, 2017 | 7 AM – 2 PM

Get 2017 off to a great start with brunch at Kil@wat. A special New Year’s Day feast will be served from 7 A.M. – 2 P.M.

New Year’s Day at CLEAR

Sunday, January 1, 2017 | 10 AM – 11 PM

Bloody Mary Bar: 11 AM – 2 PM

Dining:  11 AM – 11 PM

CLEAR away the fog from your New Year’s Eve festivities with one of CLEAR’s unique infused-vodka Bloody Mary concoctions with hangover-healing garnishes. And for those in dire need – 5 oz. random beer chasers. Hungry too? CLEAR will be open for dining.

For more information on InterContinental Milwaukee holidays, visit:

Marcus Hotels Holiday Gift Cards

Purchase $100 in Marcus gift cards and receive a $25 bonus gift card redeemable at any Marcus restaurant, spa hotel or theatre.  Purchase today at:

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. For more information follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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