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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Fri. Dec. 15

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. 15

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. 15

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

10am-4pm Fri. Dec. 15

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

10-10:30am Fri. Dec. 15

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. 15

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

10-11am Fri. Dec. 15

Storybook Hiking Trail

A fun, winter activity followed by a guided tour on the Storybook Hiking Trail. Explore songs, interactive stories, and movement activities that encourage your children to think about the ever-changing world around them and their role in it.…

Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 County Road K
Fall Creek

Cost: $3-5

Age: Ages 4-8

10:30-11am Fri. Dec. 15

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. 15

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-6pm Fri. Dec. 15

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. 15

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 Fri. Dec. 15

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. 15

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

6-9pm Fri. Dec. 15

UW Stout School of Art and Design Senior Showcase

Capstone projects by approximately 100 graduating seniors will be on display, providing a chance to talk with the artists and designers. See projects in various art and design disciplines, such as graphic, game, interactive, interior,…

UW Stout Applied Arts
415 13th Ave E
Menomonie

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Fri. Dec. 15

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

6:30-9pm Fri. Dec. 15

Duelly Noted - Dueling Pianos Holiday Dinner Show

Duelly Noted is a one-of-a-kind act with both sass and class. Cassondra and Jacy, will draw the audience in with their dueling pianos-style performances while playing a wide variety of genres that will be sure to have everyone’s toes…

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

Cost: Dinner and show tickets are $33 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $26 youth.   There will be show only seats in the balcony available at a cost of $15 adults, $14 seniors, and $8 youth.  

Age: All Ages

6:30-9pm Fri. Dec. 15

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

7-8:30pm Fri. Dec. 15

Christmas Tree of Remembrance Service

Honor your loved one this holiday season. Bring a framed photo of your loved one that has passed to display on the memorial table. Will have a short service with candle lighting followed by cookies and refreshments.

Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel
535 S. Hillcrest Pkwy
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages, Kid Friendly

7pm Fri. Dec. 15

Jingle Jams: LASKA

Songwriting sisters Hannah, Bex, and Mookie (LASKA) weave influences of alternative, Americana, and desert rock with raw emotions in their songs. Join them in the Volume One gallery as part of our annual Jingle Jams series.

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. 15

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

7:30pm Fri. Dec. 15

CVTG Presents: A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the holiday spirit and reflect on the true meaning of the season with the Dickens classic. Experience the magic of the beloved classic on stage at the State Theatre.

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10-22; Order tickets online, by phone, or at the door

7:30-9:30pm Fri. Dec. 15

St Paul Ballet - Clara's Dream: The Nutcracker

A holiday favorite returns. The Saint Paul Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. The show sells out every year. Get your tickets now.

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
205 Main St. E
Menomonie

Cost: $25-30

Age: All Ages

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