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Events

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7am-9:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

Christmas Village

Irvine Park Christmas Village will be open from dawn to dusk. The display will include more than 100,000 Christmas lights and over 100 life-size Christmas scenes that replicate the Victorian era and the city's early history. The park becomes…

Irvine Park
Bridgewater Avenue
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

8:30-10:30am Sat. Dec. 2

Church of Notre Dame Cookie Walk

An abundant array of cookies, candies and other homemade goodies. Make your way around directing the Cookie Walk volunteers to the goodies of your choice. Choose as many as you want. Weigh your tray, pay and you are on your way.

Notre Dame Life Center
117 Allen St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $7/pound

Age: All Ages

9-11am Sat. Dec. 2

Breakfast with Santa

Families can enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit with Santa. Children can decorate sugar cookies and make a Christmas ornament. Families will also be able to give an early Christmas gift by bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $6/person; 3 and under free (register by 11/27)

Age: All Ages

9am-3pm Sat. Dec. 2

7th Annual Craft Sale

Hand made goods from ten local artists: jewelry, bags, paper crafts, greeting cards, knitting, crochet, felt, up-cycled goods, candles, pottery, honey and other bee products, woodwork and more. Unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas…

Rambo Home
2409 5th Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Sat. Dec. 2

Tiny Tots Playhouse - Open Play

Tiny Tots is a place for kids to bring their parents, grandparents or caregivers for some creative, dramatic, memory making fun. Come on in and get your play on. Make some memories, and burn off some energy.

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $5/child, free for adults and infants under 12 months

Age: All Ages

9am-2pm Sat. Dec. 2

Holiday Cookie, Craft & Vendor Sale

NHS Band Parents Inc are sponsoring a holiday cookie, craft and vendor sale. Get pictures with Santa for a donation. Cookies and candies will be sold by the pound and sold in a cookie walk style where you pick your own holiday treats. Vendors…

Hope Lutheran Church
2226 Eddy Ln.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-6pm Sat. Dec. 2

Artisan Forge Studios - Holiday Artisan Market

Artisan Forge Studios is hosting the 3rd annual Holiday Artisan Market, welcoming 30+ artists. Supporting local art and have a blast doing it! Be the most awesome gift giver with locally made creations. Or spoil yourself with amazing pieces…

Artisan Forge Studios
1106 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-1pm Sat. Dec. 2

Winter Market of Menomonie

A typical Winter market day is presented by 15-20 farmers and artists selling everything from vegetables to fruits, eggs, breads, meats and handmade crafts. Friendly atmosphere, fresh coffee, hot prepared foods and live music every week. All…

Raw Deal
603 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-11am Sat. Dec. 2

Christ Church Cathedral Christmas Cookie Walk

Wonderful Christmas aromas and music set the scene for this special Cookie Walk. A beautiful and delicious assortment of cookies, candies, and other holiday goodies for sale. Go early for the best selection.

Christ Church Cathedral
510 S. Farwell St.
Eau Claire

9:15am-2pm Sat. Dec. 2

CPR/AED/First Aid Training

First Aid and CPR / AED courses are designed to teach the basic life support skills needed to render emergency care when needed. Participants who successfully complete the class will receive a certification in Adult CPR/AED and Infant CPR…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member: $70, Community: $95

Age: Ages 15+

10am-5pm Sat. Dec. 2

3rd Annual Holiday Toy Trains

Featuring standard gauge trains running on 384 square feet of track all decked out for the holidays. Night trains on Tuesday and Thursday. Preschool age activities include Thomas the Tank Engine toy trains and track. More family activities…

Chippewa Valley Museum
1204 E. Half Moon Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 adults, $6 kids Thurs., Fri., Sat; $2/person Tues. evenings (museum free); $2/person for museum members anytime

Age: All Ages

10-11:30am Sat. Dec. 2

Paint with Santa

A special Holiday Childrens art class. Kids will enjoy cookies with Santa Clause as well as the hour and a half paint class and wrap.

Cheers Pablo
2839 Mall Drive, Suite 3A
Eau Claire

Cost: $25

Age: Ages 3+

10am-1pm Sat. Dec. 2

Edina Realty Holiday Open House

AFun Filled Family Event with Free Photos with Santa, Face Painting, a Balloon Artist and treats. Feel free to bring a new, unwrapped toy(s) to the party and your gift will be donated to Family Promise of Chippewa Valley.

Edina Realty
1903 Keith St, Suite 6
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Sat. Dec. 2

Open House at The Attic Home Consignment Store

Stop by The Attic Consignment Store for a thrifty gift shopping run. Consigned furniture, decor, art, jewelry. Food & raffle prizes all day. 15+ local artisans & vendors vintage vinyl & stereo equipment.

The Attic Home Consignment Store
2015 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am Sat. Dec. 2

Saturday Morning Kids Series with Joanne Linden

Each Saturday morning we will have a special guest on hand to read a story or two in the V1 Gallery. Afterwards kids can pick from a handful of local coloring pages to color here or at home and enter to win a $50 Local Store Gift Card. After…

The Volume One Gallery
Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

10am Sat. Dec. 2

48th Annual Frigid 8 and Thermal 3

An eight-mile and three-mile run. Through the open fields, rolling hills, and dairy farms west of Chippewa Falls. Each participant receives a long sleeve shirt. There will be several prizes, food, beverages, and home-cooked chili. The race…

Our Saviours Lutheran Church
1300 Mansfield St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Contact for admission information

10:15am Sat. Dec. 2

L.E. Phillips Library: Family Storytime

Stories, songs and fun for the whole family, designed to ignite children's language and brain development.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Age 0-6

10:30-11am Sat. Dec. 2

Super Space Quest Planetarium Show

It's a starry, starry night (or day) at the Museum. Guests will lie down under the stars in CMEC's inflatable planetarium and visit all of the planets in our galaxy. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests. Sign-up…

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10:30am-noon Sat. Dec. 2

"Mocha Joe and Me" Reading Program

Read with local therapy dog, Mocha Joe. Cozy up with this loveable canine and read him your favorite story. Parents/caregivers of readers ages 12 and under may sign up for 15 minute sessions.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 12 and under

10:45-11:45am Sat. Dec. 2

Kids Yoga Series

Join Abby Shroeder for this 4-week series where your kiddos will learn all about yoga in fun way. Parents can enjoy a class of their own at the same time in the HOT studio. The adult class is included with the purchase of the Kids Yoga…

The Yoga Room - Eau Claire's Yoga Studio
2839 Mall Dr.
EAU CLAIRE

Cost: Full series - $40 for members, $50 for non-members; $15 Drop-in Rate

Age: Ages 5-11

11am-1pm Sat. Dec. 2

Menomonie Market Cookie Walk

A sweet sampling of house made and specialty cookies, locally produced hot chai, DIY almond milk, and more.

Menomonie Market Food Co-op
814 Main St. East
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11-11:30am Sat. Dec. 2

Super Space Quest Planetarium Show

It's a starry, starry night (or day) at the Museum. Guests will lie down under the stars in CMEC's inflatable planetarium and visit all of the planets in our galaxy. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests. Sign-up…

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

11am-3pm Sat. Dec. 2

Santa's House

Visit with Santa at his beautifully decorated house.

Rutledge Charity Building
404 N Bridge St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11am Sat. Dec. 2

ECCT Presents: "Madeline's Christmas"

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." So begins this delightful story of Madeline's Christmas! Based on the beloved children's book this is the perfect musical treat for the entire…

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $8 Youth/Student, $14 Seniors/Adult

11:30am-1:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

Santa Day-Free Lunch and Photo

All families welcomed to the Eau Claire Labor Temple Lounge for free lunch and photo with Santa Claus. Sponsored by the Greater West Central Area Labor Council. Lunch menu is brats, hot dogs, beans, cookies, fruit, hot cocoa.

Labor Temple Lounge
2233 Birch St # 6
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sat. Dec. 2

Photos with Santa at Oakwood Mall

Santa will be at Oakwood Mall daily. Santa’s house is located in the Sears wing. Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer throughout the day, so be sure to check his schedule online. Time flies, except when you're in line, so…

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

noon-5pm Sat. Dec. 2

Christkindlmarkt

Lazy Monk Brewing is excited to bring to the Chippewa Valley a true German Christkindlmarkt! The first three Saturdays in December we will bring you an outdoor shopping market for your holiday gift giving. Vendors include local potters,…

Lazy Monk Brewing, LLC
97 West Madison Street
Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

noon-6pm Sat. Dec. 2

A Month of 8x8"; Jo Burke and Jody Balow at 200 Main Gallery

Jo Burke and Jody Balow, owners of 200 Main Gallery in downtown Eau Claire have embarked on a 30 day challenge, each creating an 8x8" piece of art each day of November. View the work that is inspired each day - by events, inspirations,…

200 Main Gallery
200 Main Street (corner of Main and Graham)
Eau Claire

noon-8pm Sat. Dec. 2

Choix Roses

Galaudet Gallery is bringing you a room full of roses in Choix Roses showing roses by the famed botanical artist Pierre J. Redoute.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 S Farwell St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sat. Dec. 2

Shakers and Makers: American Folk Art and Beyond Art Exhibit

This eclectic art exhibit begins with art made by 1800’s Shakers alongside fine artists of today and makers of our region. Challenging stereotypes of both folk art and fine art brings fun and interesting art into Galaudet Gallery

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-4:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

16th Annual Christmastime in the City Celebration

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 1-4pm, and get a coupon for a holiday lunch buffet at The Plus from 1-4:30pm. Warm your heart and soul with free holiday karaoke, hot cocoa, cookies and a visit…

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

1-2pm Sat. Dec. 2

Winter Fairy Garden Class

Come and create you very own magical winter fairy garden. Select the plants that will thrive in your miniature garden along with teaching you tricks to decorating and maintaining it. This class is for all ages. Children should be accompanied…

May’s Floral Garden
3424 Jeffers Road
Eau Claire

Cost: Cost is Materials Used

1-3pm Sat. Dec. 2

ARTmobile

Drop-in and make art with the ARTmobile. All projects are free, open to the public, and designed for all-ages.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1:30-3pm Sat. Dec. 2

Teen Pinterfest Gifts

Teens are invited to spend their afternoon creating awesome Pinterest-inspired crafts to give as holiday gifts – or keep. Registration required. Register online at ecpubliclibrary.info/teens.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

1:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

ECCT Presents: "Madeline's Christmas"

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." So begins this delightful story of Madeline's Christmas! Based on the beloved children's book this is the perfect musical treat for the entire…

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $8 Youth/Student, $14 Seniors/Adult

1:30-4pm Sat. Dec. 2

Paint at Cheers Pablo

Head to Cheers Pablo for one of many painting events, or a DIY sign class. No painting experience necessary, just come ready to have fun. More information about available classes online.

Cheers Pablo
2839 Mall Drive, Suite 3A
Eau Claire

Cost: $35 per person, $25 for Kids Under 12

Age: All Ages

2-4pm Sat. Dec. 2

Advent Kick-Off and Caroling in Irvine Park

Enjoy the music of carolers kicking off Advent in Irvine Park. There will be hot chocolate and Advent meditation booklets available.

Irvine Park (near band shell)
Bridgewater Ave.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

3-4:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

Cedarbrook Family Xperience

A fun free Family Christmas experience. At Keepsake Christmas, families create their very own Keepsake nativity scenes and watch as the nativity comes to life on stage.

Cedarbrook Church
N6714 470th St.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-6:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

Holiday Glow Tree Lighting in River Prairie Park

Welcome the holiday season by coming to the first annual tree lighting event on Front Porch Plaza in River Prairie Park, Altoona. There will also be holiday music, horse drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa and cookie decorating. The lighting of the…

River Prairie Park
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-9pm Sat. Dec. 2

Chippewa Valley Roller Derby: The Apex Files

Join the Chippewa Valley Roller Derby as it takes on the Minnesota Rollergirls Debu-Taunts from the Twin Cities for their first game of Season 8. Doors open at 5:30pm, action at 6:30pm. Bleacher seating available, but you might want to bring…

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $8 pre-sale or $10 at the door; Kids 12 and under FREE

Age: All Ages

6-9pm Sat. Dec. 2

In It Together's Down Home Christmas with Matt and Suzie K.

Join Matt and Suzie K for an In It Together Marriage Night filled with fun and laughter and then stick around for their annual Christmas Concert with several special guests starting at 7:30pm. $10 from each marriage night ticket will be…

Shultz's Country Barn
50996 Main Street North
Eleva

Cost: $40/Couple for Marriage Night & Concert or $15/each for Concert Only

Age: All Ages

6pm Sat. Dec. 2

28th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade

Enjoy over 50 illuminated and musical floats, walking units, and horse drawn wagons as they light up the winter sky. Don't miss this beautiful winter parade and beloved Chippewa Falls tradition.

Downtown Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-9pm Sat. Dec. 2

Paint at Cheers Pablo

Head to Cheers Pablo for one of many painting events, or a DIY sign class. No painting experience necessary, just come ready to have fun. More information about available classes online.

Cheers Pablo
2839 Mall Drive, Suite 3A
Eau Claire

Cost: $35 per person, $25 for Kids Under 12

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

The Paint Shack

Enjoy a fun day/evening of painting made easy and exciting. A talented social artist will instruct you step by step through recreating the featured painting of the night. Paint on canvas, wood, bags, glasses, and more.

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: Usually $35 but somem special events are $10-$40

Age: All Ages

7-9:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

The Hot Flashes Holiday Concert

The Hot Flash ladies have been sharing their joy of making Christmas music since 2008 and they are a WideSpot audience favorite. Directed and accompanied by David Zahn, these sisters in song bring their voices and musical talent to our stage.

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm

Cost: $15 Reserved, $18 at the door (until sold out)

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Sat. Dec. 2

Menomonie Theatre Guild: A Charlie Brown Christmas

The classic Peanuts television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang find the real meaning of Christmas.

Menomonie Theater Guild Studio
502 W. 2nd St.
Menomonie

Cost: Ticket price TBA

The Chippewa Valley Family calendar is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System of Eau Claire