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7am-9pm Thu. Dec. 13

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 Thu. Dec. 13

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)

9:30-11:30am Thu. Dec. 13

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

9:30-10:30am Thu. Dec. 13

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)

9:30am Thu. Dec. 13

MOMS Club of the Eau Claire Area

Are you an at-home mom? Come to the monthly planning meeting for MOMS Club Eau Claire-North. Learn about how MOMS Club helps at-home moms socialize, make friends, plan activities, go on field trips, and share in the joys of being an at-home…

Contact for location information

Cost: FREE

11am-7pm Thu. Dec. 13

Pour Painted Ornament Workshop

Pour Painted Ornament Workshops. Make some unique one of a kind Christmas Ornaments while having Hot Cocoa and other goodies and treats. Please email Jeanine at Jeanine@artsetc1.com to schedule the fun! We will be available every day until…

Arts, Etc
930 Galloway St, Box #4, Suite #16
Eau Claire

Cost: $25

Age: All Ages

11am-7pm Thu. Dec. 13

Scarf Marbling

Create a unique scarf, table runner, window or wall hanging, or home decor.

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

Cost: $25-35

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Thu. Dec. 13

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. 13

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. 13

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. 13

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. 13

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. 13

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

4-8pm Thu. Dec. 13

15th Annual WinterDaze Parade

Meet Santa and Mrs. Clause, see real reindeer, ride a horse drawn wagon, enjoy a parade through the historic downtown, warm up with some hot chocolate, and experience a winter fireworks show over Lake Menomin. Parade begins at 6:30pm.

Downtown Menomonie
Main Street
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-7pm Thu. Dec. 13

Children's Museum Family Free Nights

Thanks to Group Health Cooperative Eau Claire, everybody gets FREE admission to the Children’s Museum. Explore the exhibits, make a project in the Art Café and of course, play.

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

Cost: FREE

5-8pm Thu. Dec. 13

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. 13

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. 13

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. 13

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+

6-8pm Thu. Dec. 13

Holiday Remembrance Service

A Holiday Remembrance Service to honor your loved one. Doors open at 6pm, with a service at 6:30pm to include candle lighting, ornament making and refreshments. Please bring a framed photo of your loved one to display. All are welcome to this…

Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel
535 S. Hillcrest Pkwy
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages welcome

6-8pm Thu. Dec. 13

Tabletop Game Night

Leave all the game night organizing to the library.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-9pm Thu. Dec. 13

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. 13

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. 13

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

6:30-7pm Thu. Dec. 13

PJ Story Night

Thirty minutes of great stories, songs and fingerplays. Children are encouraged to come in their PJs with a favorite stuffy in tow. Recommended for families with children ages 2-7. No sign-up required.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Age: Ages 2-7