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Events

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Sat. Dec. 16

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 Sat. Dec. 16

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

8-11am Sat. Dec. 16

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast with orange juice, coffee, and applesauce. Make sure to bring your camera to take a photo of your children with Santa Claus. Hosted by the Hallie Optimist Club.

Village of Lake Hallie Town Hall
13033 30th Ave.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Kids 12 and under free. Adults $6

Age: All Ages

8:15am Sat. Dec. 16

Ugly Sweater Run 5k

Fun run while wearing your favorite "Ugly Sweater". There will have warm beverages and sweet treats to follow. A prize will be awarded for the "ugliest" or as some might say the "most festive" holiday attire. Collecting donations for the…

Owen Park
1st Ave. and Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-3pm Sat. Dec. 16

Dotters Books / Avalon Floral Pop Up

Independent booksellers Dotters Books will have a selection of new and used books for adults and children available for purchase at Avalon Floral. Enjoy 50% off decor and gifts from Avalon Floral, and find great reads for the book lovers in…

Avalon Floral
506 Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-4pm Sat. Dec. 16

MHS Concert Chorus Fundraiser Craft/Bake Sale and Silent Auction

MHS Concert Chorus Fundraiser for New York City trip to sing on the Carnegie Hall Stage. Craft/Bake Sale and Silent Auction. Vendors include woodwork, canvas, reclaimed art, pampered chef, handmade jewelry and more. All proceeds go directly…

Menomonie Veterans Center
E4710 County Rd. BB
Menomonie

Cost: Adults $2 (includes one free raffle ticket) Kids 16 and under free

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Sat. Dec. 16

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-1pm Sat. Dec. 16

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

10-11:30am Sat. Dec. 16

Date with Dad "Karate"

A special time for dads and preschool-age kids to enjoy together. At Date with Dad we welcome any significant male role model such as: step-dads, grandpas, uncles, etc. You will learn basic self defense skills and have fun while getting fit.…

Prairie Ridge Early Learning School
3031 Epiphany Ln.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Preschool-aged kids

10am-noon Sat. Dec. 16

Free Family Christmas Movie (Elf)

FREE showing of Elf at the Menomonie movie theater brought to you by Cathy Jenson and Nic Nehring Thrivent Financial. To get in free, guests bring a new hygiene item (soap, shampoo etc) to donate to Bridge to Hope. First 100 people get free…

CEC Menomonie 7 Theater
2521 WI-25
Menomonie

Cost: FREE (read description)

Age: All Ages

10am Sat. Dec. 16

Saturday Morning Kids Series with Jeanne Styczinski

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-5pm Sat. Dec. 16

Winter Whimsy Crafts

Stop by the library anytime over the weekend to make fun, winter-inspired crafts.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Sat. Dec. 16

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

10:30-11am Sat. Dec. 16

Holiday Storytime

A fun and festive storytime full of music, games and tales of the season.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

10:30-11am Sat. Dec. 16

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-1pm Sat. Dec. 16

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

11-11:30am Sat. Dec. 16

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. 16

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

noon-6pm Sat. Dec. 16

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. 16

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. 16

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 Sat. Dec. 16

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

1-2pm Sat. Dec. 16

No Rock, Just Paper & Scissors: Crafting

A Paper-Crafting series for kids one Saturday per month this fall.

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

Age: Grades 3-6

1:30pm Sat. Dec. 16

Light Up EC Lantern Workshop

Learn how to make a paper lantern with Visit Eau Claire

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1:30-4pm Sat. Dec. 16

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

2pm Sat. Dec. 16

Bluegrass at the Oxford featuring A Seeger Boys Christmas

An afternoon of Bluegrass Christmas songs and favorite Christmas songs played bluegrass style. As a special treat, Santa will be visiting at intermission.

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 GA, $5 children

Age: All Ages

5-7pm Sat. Dec. 16

Christmas Community Dinner

Hope Gospel Mission will be serving its annual free Christmas Community Dinner. Everyone in the community is invited to attend and enjoy a delicious meal of ham, cheesy potatoes, glazed carrots, Jell-O salad, dinner rolls and dessert.

Hope Gospel Mission
8 S. Farwell St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Sat. Dec. 16

Free Indoor Ice Skating

Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire is hosting a Community Appreciation Event. Free hot cocoa. Note: A limited number of ice skates available. Participants are encouraged to bring own ice skates.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-7pm Sat. Dec. 16

Annual Eastside Hill Caroling Party

Let your spirits be warmed by joining your friends and neighbors in raising Christmas cheer. All ages and abilities welcome. Refreshments provided. Bring your voice or an instrument. Meet at the music school at 5:30pm for refreshments and…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-9pm Sat. Dec. 16

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. 16

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 Sat. Dec. 16

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

7-9:30pm Sat. Dec. 16

It's A Wonderful Life: A Christmas Classic

Performed as a live radio show, this classic holiday story will fill you with the Christmas spirit. The talents of the WideSpot actors will bring the scenes to life using just their voices and period costumes. Bring your family and friends.…

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm

Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Child (5-18)

Age: All Ages

7pm Sat. Dec. 16

Jingle Jams: Bri Murphy

Bri Murphy is an Eau Claire native now based in Nashville who has toured all over the U.S., Canada, and Japan as a fiddle player. 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 Sat. Dec. 16

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 Sat. Dec. 16

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

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