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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

6am-5pm Fri. Dec. 7

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 Fri. Dec. 7

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

8:30-9:30am Fri. Dec. 7

Open Freestyle Skate

Open figure skating time for all ages. All skaters must pay admission, including coaches.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $8/session or $16 for both sessions OR City Pass (2 punches/session)

9:30-10:30am Fri. Dec. 7

Open Freestyle Skate

Open figure skating time for all ages. All skaters must pay admission, including coaches.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $8/session or $16 for both sessions OR City Pass (2 punches/session)

10:15am Fri. Dec. 7

Preschool Storytime

For three-and four-year-olds. 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: Preschool

noon-8pm Fri. Dec. 7

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 Fri. Dec. 7

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

5:30-6:30pm Fri. Dec. 7

Active Play

Learn how to stay active while becoming part of a different world. Each week of active challenges boasts a new theme. First, you might be a pirate sailing the high seas—next, a Jedi learning to harness the force. No matter what, you’re…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $42, Community $52

Age: Ages 7-10

5:30-8:30pm Fri. Dec. 7

Live Music: Sean Jordan

Sean Jordan performs a wide variety of covers ranging from John Mayer, Stevie Ray, John Prine, and Bob Seger, to acoustic takes on pop tunes. Expect to hear a mix of pop, blues and folk.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill
50819 West St.
Osseo

Cost: FREE

Age: all ages with parent

6-8pm Fri. Dec. 7

Dragons of the North Lantern Workshop: Light Up Eau Claire

Pablo Center at the Confluence and Visit Eau Claire will host this family-friendly lantern making workshops for artists of all ages. This year the parade lanterns for Light Up Eau Claire will be bigger and better than ever; in addition to the…

Pablo Center at the Confluence
120 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

6-8pm Fri. Dec. 7

Light Up Eau Claire Lantern Workshop and Samplings

Learn how to make your own Lantern just like the ones that are put up during Visit Eau Claire's New Year's Eve event, Light Up Eau Claire. While making a lantern, enjoy samples from local businesses.

Visit Eau Claire Experience Center
128 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Fri. Dec. 7

3rd Annual Pizza Fest

Grab the kids and come hungry for a feast featuring pizza from area restaurants. Your ticket includes all-you-can-eat pizza, unlimited trip sot the Bitty Beverage Bar, face painting, balloon animals, and free play. Games, special activities,…

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

Cost: Price TBA

Age: All Ages

7pm Fri. Dec. 7

UW-Stout Symphonic Singers and Chamber Choir

UW-Stout Symphonic Singers and Chamber Choir commemorate the centennial of World War I with “Silent Night”, a program featuring mostly music from the United Kingdom, France, and Germany composed during World War I.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
910 9th St. E
Menomonie

Cost: $5 tickets at the UW-Stout Service Center or online.

Age: All Ages

7pm Fri. Dec. 7

Jingle Jams: Olive Sings

With a sound made for the back porch Olive Sings blends bluegrass, folk and blues to create a down home sound that is uniquely their own.

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

7:30pm Fri. Dec. 7

ECCT Presents: A Little House Christmas

It’s eight days before Christmas and everyone is coming to the Ingalls to celebrate. When a natural disaster strikes, it seems like Santa won’t be able to make it. But Christmas is a time for miracles and as the storm rages on, the…

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $16 adults, $10 kids & students

Age: All Ages

7:30-9pm Fri. Dec. 7

Michael Perry "So Where We At?"

New York Times Bestselling Author, Humorist, Singer/Songwriter, and Intermittent Pig Farmer, Michael Perry, returns for another evening of tales, laughs, and insights on living in Wisconsin. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population…

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

Cost: Reserved Seating: $20/seat General Admission: Adults $15, Seniors $14, Youth $6

Age: All Ages