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7am-9pm Mon. 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 Mon. Dec. 31

Annual CMEC Noon Year's Eve Celebration

Ring in the new year, the kid-friendly way. Featuring their most popular sparkly science, colorful noisemakers, the paint-your-own-face station, a photo booth, parachute playtime, confetti extravaganza, and a massive celebration around the…

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

Cost: FREE with admission

11am-3pm Mon. Dec. 31

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

11am-1pm Mon. Dec. 31

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

11am-1pm Mon. Dec. 31

School's Out Open Skating

Head to the Hobbs Ice Center for skating when school's out.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/session or $8 for both sessions OR City Pass (1 punch/session)

11:30am-12:30pm Mon. Dec. 31

School's Out Rink Rat Hockey

Open hockey time for youth players by age. Must have full equipment. Ages 15 and older not permitted to skate in Rink Rats. Ages 7-10 (11:30 - 12:30) Ages 11-14 (12:45-1:45)

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass

Age: Ages 7-10, 11-14

12:45-1:45pm Mon. Dec. 31

School's Out Rink Rat Hockey

Open hockey time for youth players by age. Must have full equipment. Ages 15 and older not permitted to skate in Rink Rats. Ages 7-10 (11:30 - 12:30) Ages 11-14 (12:45-1:45)

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass

Age: Ages 7-10, 11-14

1:15-3:15pm Mon. Dec. 31

School's Out Open Skating

Head to the Hobbs Ice Center for skating when school's out.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/session or $8 for both sessions OR City Pass (1 punch/session)

4:30pm Mon. 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

4:30-5pm Mon. Dec. 31

Swan Lake Ballet (Ages 2-5)

Have fun, exercise, and learn the art of dance. Swan Lake offers various different classes such as lyrical, jazz, choreography, and more with different age brackets. Consult their website online for more information.

Swan Lake Ballet Studio
Banbury Place Bldg 13 Ste 122
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE sample class, consult with instructor for tuition prices

Age: Ages 2-5

5:15-5:45pm Mon. Dec. 31

Swan Lake Ballet (Ages 2-5)

Have fun, exercise, and learn the art of dance. Swan Lake offers various different classes such as lyrical, jazz, choreography, and more with different age brackets. Consult their website online for more information.

Swan Lake Ballet Studio
Banbury Place Bldg 13 Ste 122
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE sample class, consult with instructor for tuition prices

Age: Ages 2-5

6pm Mon. Dec. 31

Light Up Eau Claire 2019

Light Up Eau Claire is a new years event with something for everyone. There's live music all across town, an elegant soiree with food and drinks, a dessert and dance party, free parade, and fireworks.

Gala held at the Lismore Hotel, Music, Parade, and Fireworks are held at other Downtown Venues
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 all ages wrist band; $15 adult wristband; $55 Light Up Late Night + wristband; $125 for Gala + wristband

Age: All Ages

6-9pm Mon. Dec. 31

Rock'N New Year's Family Skate

Open Skating, DJ and Inflatable Screen, Balloon Drop with Prizes, Skating Obstacle Course, Boot Games, Hot Chocolate Bar and More.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/person includes skate rental

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Mon. 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: Adults $16, Seniors $15, Youth $9

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Mon. 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: Adults $16, Seniors $15, Youth $9

Age: All Ages

7:30-10pm Mon. Dec. 31

Eau Claire - Area Game Developers

Join local game developers in playtesting each other's digital and analog games while discussing game design and development. Open to everyone regardless of background or experience.

D20 Gaming LLC
2158 EastRidge Center
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11pm Mon. 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: $25/person (advance) or $30/person (door)

Age: All Ages