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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

7am-9pm Sat. Dec. 1

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-3pm Sat. Dec. 1

Home for the Holidays - Craft and Vendor Fair

The Augusta Middle and High School Drama Club presents Home for the Holidays, a craft and vendor fair, silent auction, and spaghetti feed. Shop, eat, and support the Augusta Drama Club. Proceeds from this event will fund their spring musical.

Augusta High School
E19320 Bartig Rd.
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-11am Sat. Dec. 1

Breakfast with Santa

Families can enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit with Santa. Children can decorate sugar cookies and make a Christmas ornament. Families will also be able to give an early Christmas gift by bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $6/person; 3 and under free (register by 11/26)

Age: All Ages

9am-2pm Sat. Dec. 1

NHS Band Parents Holiday Cookie & Vendor Sale

Cookies and candies will be sold by the pound and in a cookie walk style where you pick your own holiday treats. 25 area vendors will be on hand for all your local shopping needs. New this year: concessions and raffle.

Hope Lutheran Church
2226 Eddy Ln.
Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Sat. Dec. 1

28th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk

Wonderful Christmas aromas and music set the scene for this special Cookie Walk, which offers the most beautiful and delicious assortment of cookies, candies, and other holiday goodies for sale.

Christ Church Cathedral
510 S. Farwell St.
Eau Claire

9-11am Sat. Dec. 1

Christmas Cookie Walk

Choose your own cookies from a large selection at $7 per pound. Candies priced separately. Come early for best choices.

Trinity United Methodist Church
201 W. Central St.
Chippewa Falls

10am-noon Sat. Dec. 1

49th Annual Frigid 8 and Thermal 3

An 8-mile and 3-mile run through the open fields, rolling hills, and dairy farms west of Chippewa Falls. Each participant receives a long sleeve shirt. There will be several prizes, food, beverages, and home-cooked chili.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1300 Mansfield St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $20

10am Sat. Dec. 1

Winter Evergreen Porch Pot Class

May's will provide the pot and several different types of evergreens. They'll help you create your very own porch pot and decorate it in style.

May’s Floral Garden
3424 Jeffers Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $30 + decorations

10am Sat. Dec. 1

Saturday Morning Kids Series: "A Gift For You" Reading

Aa holiday reading of "A Gift for You" children's book (preschool and early primary grades). The book is meant to open the discussion of what is love and how can a child show others love. A portion of the proceeds will go to a children's…

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

10:15am Sat. Dec. 1

Family Storytime

For ages two to six, but can be enjoyed by the entire family. All storytimes feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:30-11am Sat. Dec. 1

Story Time at Dotters Books

Join Dotters each Saturday morning for Story Time. Guest readers will share two picture books with kids of all ages. They'll have donuts from Roadside Bakery and fresh brewed coffee for you to enjoy (donations for treats are welcome, but not…

Dotters Books
1602 Hogeboom Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11am-3pm Sat. Dec. 1

Santa's House

Visit with Santa at his beautifully decorated house. Santa's House is open every Saturday after his arrival until Christmas.

Rutledge Charity Building
404 N Bridge St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11-11:45am Sat. Dec. 1

Toddler-Parent Movement Development Class

Help your toddler move through the developmental stages of movement and increase their capacity for learning, help them tire those bodies and use their creativity, and see your child in a new light! With BaredFeet, Co.

Anandaworks Wellness and Education Center
320 Putnam St Suite 123
EAU CLAIRE

Cost: Donations

Age: Ages 1-5 with adult

11:30am-1:30pm Sat. Dec. 1

Santa Day at the Labor Temple

Santa Claus is coming to the Labor Temple. Stop by for free lunch and photo with Santa Claus. Serving from 11:30-1:30: hot dogs, brats, beans, kraut, fruit, hot cocoa. Photos courtesy of Walter Mueller Studios. All families welcomed.

Labor Temple Lounge
2233 Birch St # 6
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sat. Dec. 1

Stars in a New Constellation Art Exhibit

Reaching as far out as we can go, Stars in a New Constellation has on display star inspired art with astronomical art, meditational art, seasonal art, jewelry art--with a good dose of Holiday cheer.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sat. Dec. 1

Pictures with Santa

Taking photos with Santa is the perfect way to create lasting memories for the holidays. Skip the line and make reservations online, and save $5 on your photo package. Packages are prices $35-45 for professional videos, photos, and digital…

Santa's Workshop at Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Road
Eau Claire

Cost: Pricing packages online

noon-4pm Sat. Dec. 1

Christkindlmarkt

Delight your senses with the feel of a European market. Vendors include local potters, cheese makers, handcrafted wooden gifts, handcrafted soaps, bakers, and other locally made products.

Lazy Monk Brewing, LLC
97 West Madison Street
Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

1-5pm Sat. Dec. 1

4th Annual Holiday Toy Trains

This Chippewa Valley holiday tradition features standard gauge trains running on almost 400 square feet of track. Layout includes local buildings, winter scenes, lights, and sounds. Lighted night trains run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.…

Chippewa Valley Museum
1204 E. Half Moon Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 Adults, $6 for ages 5-17, $2 for Museum Members, and FREE for ages 0-4

Age: All Ages

1pm Sat. Dec. 1

Winter Fairy Garden Class

Come and create your own whimsical fairy garden and decorate it for the winter season. A large selection of winter wonderland items to transform your miniature garden, or you can bring in your own.

May’s Floral Garden
3424 Jeffers Road
Eau Claire

Cost: Fee for materials used

Age: All ages

1-3pm Sat. Dec. 1

Learn to Curl

2-hour sessions will teach the unique sport, including delivery, release, sweeping, strategy, and real game play. Local curlers help prospective curlers build a foundation to become involved in other curling opportunities. Bring a pair of…

Eau Claire Curling Club
5530 Fairview Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: $10, FREE for college students with a school ID, FREE for ages 18 and under

Age: All Ages

1-4:30pm Sat. Dec. 1

Winter Whimsy Crafternoon

Get out of the cold and come to the library for an afternoon of crafting. A variety of crafts will be available, so bring the whole family.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-6pm Sat. Dec. 1

17th Annual Christmastime in the City Celebration

Downtown’s signature Holiday event, featuring a visit with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa for all and cookies for all kids, and the lighting of Downtown’s Christmas Tree.

Haymarket Plaza
128 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: All activities FREE

5-8pm Sat. Dec. 1

Parents' Night Out

Bring your child to the YMCA for Parents' Night Out, a new event where you can go enjoy a few hours to yourself while your kids are having a blast here. The YMCA provides dinner for the kids, games, crafts and a movie in the pool.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 Member, $5 Additional Child, $15 Community, $8 Additional Child

Age: Ages 5-12

5:30-6:30pm Sat. Dec. 1

2nd Annual Holiday Glow Tree Lighting in River Prairie Park

Welcome the holiday season. Holiday music, horse drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa and cookie decorating. The lighting of the tree will be at 5:45pm.

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6pm Sat. Dec. 1

29th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade

50+ illuminated and musical floats, walking units, and horse drawn wagons as they light up the winter sky. A beautiful winter parade and beloved Chippewa Falls tradition.

Downtown Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-11pm Sat. Dec. 1

Swing Fling

Two to Tango will be hosting their annual Swing Fling, featuring the Jake Arnold Big Band. Doors open at 6:30, with a mini swing lesson from 7-8, and the band playing from 8-11. All ages and persons are welcome for this completely free event.…

Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7pm Sat. Dec. 1

Bridge to Wonderland After-Party

Head to Riverfront Park after the parade for campfires, s’mores, and free hot chocolate. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations will be accepted for s’mores with proceeds going to Friends of the Library.

Riverfront Park
Bridge St. and River St.
Chippewa Falls

7-9pm Sat. Dec. 1

Hot Flashes Holiday Concert

A traditional holiday favorite. The Hot Flashes fill the room with joyful holiday favorites. Singing along is always encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or email.

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm

Cost: $15 Reserved

Age: All Ages

7pm Sat. Dec. 1

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids - probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the…

Regis High School
2100 Fenwick Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: All seats $10

Age: All Ages

7pm Sat. Dec. 1

Jingle Jams: Caitlin McGarvey

Caitlin McGarvey has a knack for penning infectious pop hooks paired with lyrics that reflect on the nostalgic pangs of loss, the pressing darkness of regret, and the compelling thrills of love.

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

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