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This is your week to start getting in the holiday spirit with fun holiday events in Southeast Wisconsin like the kickoff to the downtown Milwaukee holiday lights and the Holiday Folk Fair!

14 Monday

Anime and Manga Night at Centennial Hall: See all the entries from the Manga Drawing Contest, vote for your favorite in the People's Choice voting, and enjoy refreshments and activities. Come in costume for a chance to win a prize!

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Suitable for teens and up. mpl.org

16 Wednesday

Thank you Notes at Martin Luther King: Listen to a Thanksgiving story, then make special thank you notes to share with your family and friends during holiday gatherings.

Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St., Milwaukee. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. mpl.org

17 Thursday

Elephant and Piggie Party: Celebrate friendship and the world of Mo Willems with stories, activities and crafts.

Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. 414-471-8486. wauwatosalibrary.org

German Christkindlmarket: This authentic German Christmas market will feature over 20 vendors selling holiday items such as ornaments, candy, Advent calendars, spices, cheeses and wreaths. Sit with costumed storytellers, decorate cookies, and join in on tree-lighting and keg-tapping ceremonies.

Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee. 4 to 10 p.m. bestplacemilwaukee.com

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-off Extravaganza: Downtown Milwaukee's holiday lights will officially turn on with a switch-flipping ceremony. There will be live music, dance acts, a visit from Santa, a fireworks ceremony, free hot cocoa, cookies and Jingle Bus rides.

Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee. 6 p.m. 414-224-9424 milwaukeeholidaylights.com

18 Friday

Big League Fun: The grand opening of this new exhibit that immerses visitors in the exciting world of baseball. It will feature fun activities, simulated game experiences, and trivia challenges that promote important educational concepts for children and engage fans of all ages. The exhibit will run through January 8.

Betty Brinn Children's Museum, 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with regular admission: $8/adults and children, $7/seniors ages 55 and above, Free/children ages 1 and under. 414-390-5437 bbcmkids.org

Board Game Night: Take time out at the end of the school day to play a board game at the library! Families are invited to play games and have a great time together.

Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee. 3 to 5 p.m. mpl.org

German Christkindlmarket: See November 17 listing.

Holiday Folk Fair: The cultural heritage of people living in Southeast Wisconsin will be celebrated through the theme, "Celebrate the Culture of Water." Fairgoers will learn how water and its symbolism is incorporated into music, food, dance, art and crafts.

State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. 2 to 10 p.m. $10/advance tickets, $12/adults at gate, $8/children ages 6 to 12 at gate, Free/children under 5, $10/adults ages 62 and over, Free/military personnel with ID. 414-225-6225 folkfair.org

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