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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Sat. Dec. 30

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. 30

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

9am-noon Sat. Dec. 30

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

10am-5pm Sat. Dec. 30

Winter Games

Stop by the youth services program Room for activities throughout the holiday week. Have fun with a different activity each day, from Wii Bowling to LEGOs.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Sat. Dec. 30

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. 30

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

11-11:30am Sat. Dec. 30

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

noon-8pm Sat. Dec. 30

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. 30

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-2:30pm Sat. Dec. 30

Paper Lantern Workshop

Create your own paper lantern. Perfect for Eau Claire's New Year's Eve Lantern Parade. Everything you need is provided to create a work of art - and you take your lantern home at the end of the workshop.

Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $15

1:30-4pm Sat. Dec. 30

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

4-11pm Sat. Dec. 30

Get Illuminated

Stop by Galaudet Gallery in Eau Claire and light a candle to illuminate the start of 2018 and release 2017 to history. Each candle and your intentions will be placed in a luminaria and put outside the gallery on South Farwell.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-9pm Sat. Dec. 30

Royal Credit Union New Years Eve

The Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center invites your whole family to come for a kid friendly New Year's Eve celebration sponsored by RCU. Enjoy DJ entertainment, Games, Prizes, Inflatables, Limo Rides, and a HUGE Balloon Drop.

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $5 cash only; FREE for kids under 2

Age: All Ages

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

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. 30

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

7-9:30pm Sat. Dec. 30

Sue Orfield Band Pre-NYE Party

The award winning Sue Orfield Band will be at WideSpot to ring in 2018 a night early. Sue and her band rate their very own Best of The Chippewa Valley category and here's your chance to beat the NYE crowded spots and score a VIP seat.

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm

Cost: $15 Reserved/ $18 At the Door (until sold out)

Age: 21+

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