This year, Brookfield is combining its tree lighting ceremony and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus with a German-themed market with vendors and dancers. It's in celebration of Brookfield's sister city of Seligenstadt, Germany. The free event runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Bring a letter for Santa to mail in the mailbox in the City Hall clock tower, and Santa will answer any letters delivered there.
The tree lighting and carols will be in the Civic Center plaza next to City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Rd., and the Senior Community Center will have refreshments, holiday entertainment and crafts.
German sausages, hot dogs, beverages and mulled cider will be available, and German singers and dancers from the United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee. More details:
Outside on Civic Plaza stage:
3 to 7 p.m.: Holiday Hay Rides
3 to 3:30 p.m.: Brookfield East High School choirs
3:30 to 4 p.m.: Brookfield Central High School choirs
4:15 to 4:30 p.m.: Kindergruppe Dance (ages 3-12)
4:30 to 4:45 p.m.: Jugengruppe Dance (ages 13-24)
4:45 to 5 p.m.: TREE LIGHTING (Holiday songs by children from Mary Linsmeier School)
5 to 5:15 p.m.: Kulturgruppe singing
5:15 to 5:45 p.m.: Nora Collins (Guitar/Singer)
5:45 to 6:15 p.m.: Alex Siy (Finger Guitarist-Holiday Music)
6:15 to 6:45 p.m.: Brookfield Central High Jazz Ensemble
Inside City Hall and Senior Center:
3 to 6:45 p.m. (City Hall lobby): Write and/or mail letters to Santa
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Senior Center): Story time
3:30 to 6:45 p.m. (Senior Center): Crafts for Kids
4:30 to 6:45 p.m. (Council Room): Santa & Mrs. Claus - Photos (photos will be emailed upon request)