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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

6am-5pm Thu. Dec. 6

16th Annual Festival of Toys

Radio personalities from Sportstalk 105.1 and Greatest Hits 98.1 will collect toys and cash donations to benefit Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley. Since 2003, $275,000 in toys have been collected.

Festival Foods
3007 Mall Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7am-9pm Thu. Dec. 6

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-4pm Thu. Dec. 6

Marshfield Clinic Art Fair

Local artisans will be featured at Marshfield Medical Center. You'll find artists from Artisan Forge Studios. Photography and prints, collectibles, watercolor and mixed medias, oil paintings, fabric arts, functional pottery, and tasty food…

Marshfield Medical Center
2310 Craig Road
Eau Claire

9:30-10:15am Thu. Dec. 6

Kids Make Music Free Preview Class

Get hands on experience with the giant gathering drum and other instruments. Sing and play together. This class is limited to 10 students and each child must be registered individually.

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 2-4

9:30-11:30am Thu. Dec. 6

Play & Learn

You and your child will enjoy free play, songs, dancing, stories, crafts & snacks. Here you will find playing & learning go hand in hand. Come & experience learning through the eyes of your child.

River Source Family Center
403 High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth to age 5

10:15am Thu. Dec. 6

Little Movers Storytime

For babies that love to move. All storytimes feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required. Also includes parachute play, bubbles, and play group.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Babies

noon-8pm Thu. Dec. 6

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-3pm Thu. Dec. 6

Fall/Winter Flip Welcome Sign

Make a reversible "welcome" porch sign with a fall theme on one side and a winter theme on the other. All supplies are provided along with a light snack and you are welcome to bring whatever type beverages you would like.

Arts, Etc.
930 Galloway Street, Banbury Place Building 13, Suite 27
Eau Claire

Cost: $60

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Thu. Dec. 6

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

12:30-3pm Thu. Dec. 6

Best Snowmen of the Block

Make a set of 3 little snowmen craft. All supplies are provided, along with a light snack. You are welcome to bring your own beverages in. Cost for the entire session is $40 please e-mail or call Jeanine.

Arts, Etc.
930 Galloway Street, Banbury Place Building 13, Suite 27
Eau Claire

Cost: $40

Age: All Ages welcome

1-3pm Thu. Dec. 6

Farmhouse Jar/Wooden Box

Make this beautiful farmhouse jar/wooden box Christmas decoration. All supplies, jars, wooden box, evergreens/decorations are provided along with a light snack, you are welcome to bring your beverages. To sign up and ensure your spot for this…

Arts, Etc.
930 Galloway Street, Banbury Place Building 13, Suite 27
Eau Claire

Cost: $45

Age: All Ages

3-5pm Thu. Dec. 6

Dabble Box Makerspace Lab

Whether you're interested in 3D printing and coding or you'd rather craft, make music, create art or play games, the Dabble Box makerspace has something for you. Self-guided exploration with staff on hand to answer questions.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-5pm Thu. Dec. 6

Menomonie Public Library: Teen Advisory Council

Join the MPL Teen Advisory Council. Help us choose books and media, help plan programs, be a voice. Council meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. For grades 6-12.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

5-9pm Thu. Dec. 6

Battle of the Bands

Pi Sigma Epsilon will be hosting its first annual Battle of the Bands event. Get involved in this event by competing or listening to some great local talent. Food will be available for purchase as well. Keep an eye out for tickets to the…

UWEC Davies Center, Dakota Ballroom
University of Eau Claire Campus
Eau Claire

Cost: Tickets Available soon

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Thu. Dec. 6

Farmhouse Jar/Wooden Box

Make this beautiful farmhouse jar/wooden box Christmas decoration. All supplies, jars, wooden box, evergreens/decorations are provided along with a light snack, you are welcome to bring your beverages. To sign up and ensure your spot for this…

Arts, Etc.
930 Galloway Street, Banbury Place Building 13, Suite 27
Eau Claire

Cost: $45

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Thu. Dec. 6

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

5:30-8pm Thu. Dec. 6

Best Snowmen of the Block

Make a set of 3 little snowmen craft. All supplies are provided, along with a light snack. You are welcome to bring your own beverages in. Cost for the entire session is $40 please e-mail or call Jeanine.

Arts, Etc.
930 Galloway Street, Banbury Place Building 13, Suite 27
Eau Claire

Cost: $40

Age: All Ages welcome

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Dec. 6

Zumba with Z.Vida Fitness

A Zumba dance party class hosted by Z. Vida Fitness. Bring some flat-soled shoes, a water bottle, and a sweat towel if needed and plan to have a great time moving and grooving to hit music from all around the world.

The Center
3701 E. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $6 drop-in, $25 for 5-class card, $35 unlimited month

Age: 7+

6-9pm Thu. Dec. 6

Fall/Winter Flip Welcome Sign

Make a reversible "welcome" porch sign with a fall theme on one side and a winter theme on the other. All supplies are provided along with a light snack and you are welcome to bring whatever type beverages you would like.

Arts, Etc.
930 Galloway Street, Banbury Place Building 13, Suite 27
Eau Claire

Cost: $60

Age: All Ages

6:15-7:15pm Thu. Dec. 6

Young Writers Program

The teen version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where students are able to choose their own word count goals and write with reckless abandon. The group will help each other through the process by providing ideas while completing…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $20, Community $30

Age: Ages 11-16

6:15-7:15pm Thu. Dec. 6

Junior Chefs

In this program, students will get a hands-on fundamental kitchen experience, learning skills such as reading and referencing recipes, ingredient identification, proper measuring technique and more.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $42, Community $52

Age: Ages 7-10

6:30-8pm Thu. Dec. 6

Christmas Singalong: A Heyde Center Family Tradition

Sing your heart out with friends and family at a community-wide singalong as Cathy Reitz and members of the Chippewa Valley Community Chorus lead you through an evening of some of the most loved Christmas carols and our favorite songs of the…

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

Cost: Free will donation

Age: All Ages