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Sun. Dec. 31

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 Sun. Dec. 31

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

10am-noon Sun. Dec. 31

Annual CMEC Noon Year's Eve Celebration

Ring in the new year the kid-friendly way no extended bedtime required. Featuring popular sparkly science, colorful noisemakers, the almost world-famous paint-your-own-face station, a photo booth, parachute playtime confetti extravaganza and…

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

Cost: FREE with admission

noon-8pm Sun. Dec. 31

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 Sun. Dec. 31

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 Sun. Dec. 31

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

1-3pm Sun. Dec. 31

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 Sun. Dec. 31

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

4pm Sun. Dec. 31

2nd Annual Light Up Eau Claire

Activities include a little lantern parade for kids, ice and snow sculptures by Jason Anhorn, wristbanded music venues, a large lantern parade, fireworks, the new years gala at The Lismore, and more to be announced. There will be rooftop…

Downtown Eau Claire
S. Barstow, N. Barstow, and W. Grand Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Latnern Parade, Ice Scuplture Unvieling, Fireworks FREE, $15 Wristbands for Music Venues

Age: All Ages

4:30pm Sun. Dec. 31

Light Up Eau Claire: Little Lantern Parade

Children and families will enjoy an early NYE celebration at The Children's Museum of Eau Claire, with the launch of the Little Lantern Parade. All participants will carry a small lighted lantern from the Children's Museum, crossing the Grand…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Recommended up to age 12

6-9pm Sun. Dec. 31

Rock'n New Year's Family Skate

A family-friendly New Year's Eve event, featuring a DJ and video screen, balloon drop with prizes, skating obstacle course, boot games, hot chocolate bar, and much more.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $3/person (includes skate rental)

6:30-10pm Sun. Dec. 31

Prelude to an Eve - Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra

Big band jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Ring in the New Year with the Chippewa Valley’s best big band jazz orchestra. This year come early and enjoy a variety of appetizers…

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

Cost: Admission:  Adults $16, Seniors $15, Youth $9

Age: All Ages

11pm Sun. Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Lock-in at Action City

Jump and play into the New Year at Action City's annual New Year's Eve Lock-in. Race go-karts, battle your friends in laser tag, be a ninja warrior and play Trampoline dodgeball. Black Lights will also be on in the Trampoline Park so make…

Action City
2402 Lorch Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $20/person (advance) or $25/person (door)

Age: All Ages

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