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Twinkling lights, mouthwatering holiday-inspired eats, and supporting local businesses are just a few of our favorite things in Wauwatosa this time of year. Whether you’ve visited our small town before or are planning your first trip, the holiday season is the perfect time to see what each of our five dynamic districts are all about.
This holiday season, local business owners have truly elevated their shopping and dining experiences so you can safely discover the magic of Tosa for yourself. Whether you pick-up a festive treat with curbside pick-up or check off your holiday list with private shopping appointments, expect to have a smile from ear to ear while you experience community connections like no other.
Holiday Shopping & Festive Storefronts
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without mesmerizing displays of lights, trees, Wisconsin “snow,” and tinsel sprinkled throughout the storefronts of Wauwatosa’s small businesses. Stop by Tosa Bike Garage’s all-new (not yet open!) storefront to snag a candy cane treat from their window box, spot Buddy the Elf from outside Hyde Park MKE’s storefront, watch icicles twirl from Mooi’s window displays, and swoon over Salamander’s flocked Christmas tree display.
It’s always important to support local and shop small (especially, this time of year!), and Tosa’s businesses add an extra touch of magic during the holiday season to help make your shopping experience that much more special.
Small business owners here in Wauwatosa recognize how important gifting is and are here to make picking out that special something just as memorable — whether you shop in-store with a private shopping appointment or utilize curbside pick-up.
Unforgettable (Eat-In or Carry-Out) Dining Experiences
What’s on the menu here in Tosa? Tasty holiday-inspired treats and memorable dining experiences!
Wauwatosa restaurants are committed to providing a safe and clean experience for you whether you choose to dine-in or carry-out. Elevate your dining experience with private, heated igloos and huts at Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club, Eldr + Rime at the Renaissance Milwaukee West Hotel, and Cafe Hollander.
You can also bring the taste of Tosa home with you, and don’t forget the cocktails! Bel Air Cantina offers curbside pick-up and awesome beverage options like their Margarita Kit, Mystery 6-Pack, Paloma Kit, and more.
Evening Strolls Through Tosa Village
Grab your cold gear and bring your camera – expect a magical evening outdoors when you take a stroll through the Tosa Village this holiday season.
While The Village is known for its twinkling string lights hung overhead throughout the district, you can stare in awe as even more lights and holiday decor have been added to the charming downtown area. Capture this can’t-miss district to spot eye-catching lights, festive decorations, and holiday cheer. Don’t forget to add #DiscoverTosa and tag us in your posts!
Take Tosa Home for the Holidays
While we can’t all be together in person this year, we can still celebrate the magic of Wauwatosa from home this season. Local business owners have truly mastered boxing up some of our favorite parts of the Tosa holiday season, tying them up in a perfect bow for you to enjoy from afar.
Black Twig Bakery sells their delicious Gingerbread House Kits with just about everything you need (think icing, gingerbread, gumdrops, and more) through Christmas this year.
Le Reve Patisserie and Cafe has bundled up their Signature Hot Cocoa with house-made marshmallows and rewarming instructions, so you can get the taste of Tosa cozied up from home. As an added bonus, this delicious kit also comes with four Chocolate Chip Sea Salt cookies.
Have you ever wanted to do your own wine tasting from home? The Ruby Tap is celebrating the season with their 12 Days of Bubbles Gift Box, which includes 12 sparkling wine splits all wrapped and numbered. Plus, it’s available for curbside pick-up.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please check local hotel and travel restrictions and retail and restaurant hours/menus before you go.
Header photo courtesy of @lerevecafe