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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Fri. Dec. 8

Old and New Works by Anders Shafer

Anders Shafer has selected his works, from the 1970s to the present, that were significant to his development. Most of the works are sequential visual stories. Gallery is located on the library's second floor.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7am-9:30pm Fri. Dec. 8

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

9-11:30am Fri. Dec. 8

Family Fun Zone

Children and parents enjoy open play on the large turf field filled with numerous toys, games, sports equipment, inflatables, and dress up clothes. Organized activities are also offered at different times each morning which children may…

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/child

10-10:30am Fri. Dec. 8

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

10-10:50am Fri. Dec. 8

Little Language Lab

Toddlers will listen to stories, sing songs, learn finger-plays, move/dance, and do age-appropriate crafts and sensory activities. This class is a mix of structured circle time and free choice stations. Suggestions and techniques will be…

Lily Pad Lab
1620 Ohm Ave (In the EC Music School)
Eau Claire

Cost: $50, Drop in $10 (call ahead)

Age: Ages 1-2

10am-4pm Fri. Dec. 8

Hugh Mandelert Art Society

Many of Hugh's students have family members who share their creative genes and love for the arts. They are also subjects of inspiration for us and find their way into many of our paintings. The Hugh Mandelert Art Society is a group of artists…

The Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:15am Fri. Dec. 8

L.E. Phillips Library: Preschool Storytime

For children who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Preschool

10:30-11am Fri. Dec. 8

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

11:15am-noon Fri. Dec. 8

Lily Pad Lab: Littlest Lab

Enjoy a special time each week with your baby as he or she discovers an engaging and rich environment. Each week we will have songs and fingerplays and stations/activities geared especially for this age group. No class Nov 24.

Lily Pad Lab
1620 Ohm Ave (In the EC Music School)
Eau Claire

Cost: $40, Drop in $8 (call ahead)

Age: Babies at crawling age

noon-8pm Fri. Dec. 8

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

noon-8pm Fri. Dec. 8

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-6pm Fri. Dec. 8

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 Fri. Dec. 8

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

5-8pm Fri. Dec. 8

Holiday PJ Night with Santa

Who said that pajamas were only for bedtime? Dress up the whole family in their favorite festive PJs and take an unforgettable photo with Santa. Whether it’s silly or sweet, it will be the perfect picture to share with all your family and…

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

5:30-9pm Fri. Dec. 8

Parents Need a Break Too

Parents need a break to go shopping, movie or just some time to yourself? Girl Scout Troop 3033 is hosting a fun evening of babysitting. There will be games, crafts, a movie and a small snack. Handmade items and gift wrapping also available.…

Girl Scout Service Center
4222 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 per child (RSVP by phone)

Age: 4-12 years old

6:30-8:30pm Fri. Dec. 8

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

6:30-8pm Fri. Dec. 8

Family Friendly Fridays and Flick & Float

On the second Friday of every month, members can bring a community member to the Y for free all day long. Community members are welcome to enjoy the Flick & Float movie in the small pool (6:30 PM) and try a family activity in Hobbs Gym…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

6:30-9pm Fri. Dec. 8

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

7-9pm Fri. Dec. 8

Parents Night Out

Drop off your child (must be potty-trained through age 11) for a supervised movie night. Send them dressed in PJs and ready to board the Polar Express. Bringing a favorite stuffed animal, blanket and pillow are recommended. Juice, popcorn and…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $5/person (register by 12/6)

Age: See description

7pm Fri. Dec. 8

Jingle Jams: Micah Ryan

Micah Ryan is a local singer/songwriter. He's been performing for a number of years and plays a balanced mixture of original songs and covers. His influences include John Legend, Adele, Jon McLaughlin, Josh Kelley, John Mayer, and Ed Sheeran.…

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

7pm Fri. Dec. 8

Jingle Jams at the Local Store

A FREE, seasonal local music series in the Volume One Gallery. Watch the show, shop the store, or just hang out and celebrate the holidays. Show starts at 7pm, free, all ages. Check online for more up to date band lists.

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

Cost: FREE

7:30-9:30pm Fri. Dec. 8

9th Annual Jail Bailers & Friends Musical Comedy Show

Join the Eau Claire County Humane Association for a night of fun and entertainment featuring Harry, "the canine convict" and these lovable inmates. "If you like great singing, not so great dancing and just a whole lotta fun, you’ll love…

Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center
3340 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $150 per table of 8

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Fri. Dec. 8

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

7:30pm Fri. Dec. 8

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

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