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Sail on into Thanksgiving week by enjoying some holiday festivities in Milwaukee this weekend!

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 age 1 and under. 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: 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. free. bestplacemilwaukee.com

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 age 62 and over, free/military personnel with ID. folkfair.org

19 Saturday

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Jelly Belly: Bring the whole family for the Jelly Belly Christmas tree lighting! Meet Santa in a spectacular candy wonderland.

Jelly Belly Visitors Center, 10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie. 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. jellybelly.com

Deck the Streets: The Streets of Old Milwaukee will be decked out for the holidays! You'll get the chance to choose a Christmas tree at North Side Fuel & Lumber Co, shop for ornaments in the General Store, and get some stocking stuffers at the toy store.

Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with regular admission. mpm.edu

German Christkindlmarket: See November 18 listing.

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Girls & STEM: Girls will get the chance to learn from female professionals from local organizations like Rockwell Automation, Marquette University and Northwestern Mutual. These women will share their experiences, conduct hands-on science experiments, show off robotics demonstrations and more.

Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with regular admission. discoveryworld.org

GO! Discover Whitetail Wonders: Discover some of the whitetail deer's secrets to survival in the city. Get crafty inside, then head outside to search for whitetails and the signs they leave behind.

Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. friendsofhavenwoods.org

Hilton Milwaukee Tree Lighting: Come watch as hundreds gather to kick off the holiday season and see the beautiful Christmas tree lit in the main lobby. Santa Claus will be in attendance as guests warm up after the Milwaukee Holiday Parade with hot chocolate.

Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. 12:30 p.m. (after Milwaukee Holiday Parade).

Holiday Folk Fair: See November 18 listing.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Holiday New and Used Children's Book Sale: All proceeds benefit the library. There will be a half-price sale in the Bookseller Used Bookstore during the sale.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. mpl.org

Holidazzle Tree Lighting Ceremony: This free, family-friendly event will kick off the holiday season with a countdown to the tree lighting, when hundreds of lights will be turned on to illuminate the live 40-foot tree. Santa will also be making an appearance.

Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale. 6 p.m. welcometoglendale.com

Milwaukee Holiday Parade: The one-mile parade route for the 90th annual holiday parade goes right through downtown Milwaukee. Featuring marching bands, floats, helium balloons, costumed characters, live animals, local celebrities, and Santa Claus.

Downtown Milwaukee. 9:30 a.m. milwaukeeparade.com

20 Sunday

German Christkindlmarket: See November 18 listing.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Folk Fair: See November 18 listing.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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