Home for the Holidays

Weekends Dec 3-4 & 10-11
10 AM – 3 PM

Discover the vibrant holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by our ancestors and create your own memories.

Sponsored by the Old World Foundation

Home for the Holidays

Weekends Dec 3-4 & 10-11
10 AM – 3 PM

Discover the vibrant holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by our ancestors and create your own memories.

The Past Makes a Great Present

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Travel Through Time and the Stories of America’s Heartland

Old World Wisconsin includes 60 beautifully restored historic structures, relocated from throughout Wisconsin, on over 600 acres of picturesque landscape. Through stories of perseverance, you explore the lives of those who came before us – connecting people and inspiring understanding. Your day will be fun, engaging, enriching, and authentic as you encounter history by exploring sensory-rich spaces, stories, and hands-on activities.  

Each area at Old World Wisconsin showcases different stories. As you travel through time from the 1840s to the 1910s, you will find historic spaces to explore, gardens and trails to wander through, and costumed staff ready to help you get hands on with history. You will also meet a variety of animals that helped our ancestors survive and thrive in America’s Heartland. Experience the daily life of the people who called these buildings home as you help with chores and cooking, try your hand at crafts and trades, and play – yes, even the grownups! 

MORE TIME FOR FUN!

Planning your visit is easier than ever with advance online ticketing. Purchase your tickets today and make more time for fun on your next adventure.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Cheers and Chocolates Holiday Beer Pairing

Sat Dec 3 & 10 | 3 – 4 PM

Raise a glass and prepare your taste buds as we combine two of Wisconsin’s favorite holiday treats: chocolate and beer! Step into the site’s beautiful Clausing Barn and experience the magic of local winter beer flavors paired with hand-made truffles from Milwaukee’s own Indulgence Chocolatiers.  

The five fermentation vats (one for each day of brewing during the summer season) and kegs shown as equipment is moved into the new Brewhouse at Old World Wisconsin in preparation for the June 2022 grand opening events. Taken 2.24.22 by Dan Freas

The Brewhouse

Now Open!

From large breweries to corner bars, big labels to modern microbrews, beermaking is a huge part of Wisconsin’s culture and heritage.

HAVE YOU HEARD?!

Old World Wisconsin has been voted the #1 place to take kids in the Milwaukee area! Travel through time and experience the stories of America’s heartland with hand-on activities and fun for the whole family!


NEW ARRIVALS: A CAMPAIGN

A newly constructed Brewing Experience building, combined with relocated historic Wittnebel’s Tavern and a festive outdoor Beer Garden, will allow Old World Wisconsin guests to celebrate Wisconsin’s brewing traditions like never before.

CREATING AN IMMERSIVE WELCOME EXPERIENCE AT OLD WORLD WISCONSIN

The Wisconsin Historical Society is excited to open the brand new Brewhouse at Old World Wisconsin in 2022. This building is just the first new structure completed as part of a $5.5 million project that represents the first two phases of a larger, multi-year master plan to transform the site’s entry area with a reimagined Welcome Experience.

Best Deal in History!

Becoming a member is the best way to explore Wisconsin history. Members get free admission to our historic sites and discounts on special events!


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Stories of early immigrant settlers come to life as you explore homes, farms, and gardens at this hands on living history experience.

Santa and Krampus met up to exchange notes about the naughty and nice list after Home For The Holidays this weekend!

What a special weekend it was. We had so many families out to experience the Christmastime traditions that make the holidays special for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend. Remember that we have one more weekend of Home For The Holidays ahead of us! Tickets and tokens are still available at wihist.org/3AobWUv
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Santa and Krampus met up to exchange notes about the naughty and nice list after Home For The Holidays this weekend!

What a special weekend it was. We had so many families out to experience the Christmastime traditions that make the holidays special for everyone. 

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend. Remember that we have one more weekend of Home For The Holidays ahead of us! Tickets and tokens are still available at https://wihist.org/3AobWUv

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Thank you! It was such a fun holiday event! Beautiful weather to be outdoors today!

We loved it! And met up with both Santa and Krampus.

Melissa Randle

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Massage me for your favorite Trees🎄🎄

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Krampus was roaming the village today during Home for the Holidays. He will be back on the prowl tomorrow looking for the naughty boys and girls. Come out a join us for a day filled with seasonal family fun! oldworldwisconsin.org ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago
Krampus was roaming the village today during Home for the Holidays. He will be back on the prowl tomorrow looking for the naughty boys and girls. Come out a join us for a day filled with seasonal family fun! oldworldwisconsin.org

The first day of Home For The Holidays was a (chilly!) success! Thank you again to the Old World Foundation for sponsoring this event and helping us create a space for holiday traditions to come together!

Santa spent the day in his workshop, made possible by Waukesha State Bank! Come see Santa, write him a letter, and see all of the other activities we have tomorrow and next weekend. Tickets and tokens are still available at wihist.org/3AobWUv

📸: Alan Charles
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2 days ago
The first day of Home For The Holidays was a (chilly!) success! Thank you again to the Old World Foundation for sponsoring this event and helping us create a space for holiday traditions to come together!

Santa spent the day in his workshop, made possible by Waukesha State Bank! Come see Santa, write him a letter, and see all of the other activities we have tomorrow and next weekend. Tickets and tokens are still available at https://wihist.org/3AobWUv

📸: Alan Charles

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We had a wonderful day! Thank you!

We had so much fun! Krampus was the best!

Nice!