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Fri. Nov. 29

Letters to Santa

Children ages 3 and up may drop a letter in Santa’s special mailbox November 22 through December 6 in Youth Services. Children will receive responses between December 16 and 21.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 3+

7am-9:30pm Fri. Nov. 29

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-5pm Fri. Nov. 29

6th Annual There Once Was a Barn Holiday Boutique

Handmade art created by a select group of artists. Select from candles, paintings, wood furniture, pottery, Christmas gifts, rugs, jewelry, wood turnings and more.

There Once Was a Barn Holiday Boutique
N9647 Gorman Ave
Willard

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-11:30am Fri. Nov. 29

Family Fun Zone

Children and parents enjoy open play on the large turf field filled with numerous toys, games, sports equipment, inflatables, and dress up clothes. Organized activities are also offered at different times each morning which children may…

YMCA Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $3 | Community $5 | Parents FREE

Age: Ages 0-6

10am Fri. Nov. 29

Santa's Arrival

All children will receive a special ornament. After his arrival, visit with Santa at his house across the street. Santa's House is open every Saturday after his arrival until Christmas.

BMO Harris Bank Parking Lot
411 N. Bridge St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:15-10:45am Fri. Nov. 29

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.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Preschool

10:30-10:50am Fri. Nov. 29

Little Learners Storytime

Short concept rich books, singing, finger plays, puppets and nursery rhyme repetition are used to help foster healthy brain development, enhance early language skills and nurture a love of reading. Siblings are welcome!

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth -3 and caregiver

11am-8pm Fri. Nov. 29

Mehara Shrine: Festival of the Trees

The theme this year is "Tropical Christmas." This event, held in the Historic Masonic Ballroom, features fully decorated trees that will be raffled off. Tree raffle tickets are 50 cents each. Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa…

Masonic Center
616 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $2 admission

11am-3pm Fri. Nov. 29

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

11am-3:15pm Fri. Nov. 29

School's Out Open Skating

Session One 11:00am-1:00pm and Session Two 1:15pm-3:15pm.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/session or $8 for both sessions

Age: All Ages

11-11:30am Fri. Nov. 29

Growing Readers Storytime

Features books, songs, movement, and interactive learning activities that build pre-reading skills in your child, followed by an optional activity/play period. Children may attend independently or with their caregivers.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 3-6

11:30am-1:45pm Fri. Nov. 29

School's Out Rink Rat Hockey

School's Out Rink Rat Youth Hockey! Ages 15+ are NOT allowed to skate at Rink Rats. Mite/Squirt (ages 7-10): 11:30am-12:30pm. Peewee/Bantam (ages 11-14): 12:45pm-1:45pm. Must have full equipment!

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch)

Age: Ages 7-10, Ages 11-14

noon-8pm Fri. Nov. 29

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. Packages are prices $35-45 for professional videos, photos, and digital downloads.

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

Cost: Pricing packages online

1-5pm Fri. Nov. 29

5th 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

2-2:45pm Fri. Nov. 29

FREE Senior Fitness Classes

Building Balance, Strength & Flexibility to prevent falls and regain independence. Plus, meet other local seniors. All abilities welcome.

Milestone Senior Living
5510 & 5512 Renee Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 55+

5-10pm Fri. Nov. 29

Knights of Columbus Progressive Bingo

Knights of Columbus 974 Progressive Bingo starting at 7pm, doors open at 5pm food and refreshments are available.

Knights of Columbus
236 Pumphouse Road
Chippewa Falls

5-9pm Fri. Nov. 29

Friday Family Nights

Open to all families, kids and their friends every Friday night. Featuring Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Inflatables, Movies, Free Popcorn, and Special Entertainment.

YMCA Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $3 | Community $5

7-9pm Fri. Nov. 29

Regis Community Theatre: A Christmas Carol and The Ballad of King Windowglass

It's 1867, and Mr. Dickens is late to a live reading at a library. To fill the time before his arrival to read his trademark story, A Christmas Carol, the librarian has the children perform the play The Ballad of King Windowglass - a spoof on…

Fr. Dowd Auditorium, Regis High School
2100 Fenwick Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10

Age: All Ages