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Events

activities • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Sat. Nov. 30

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 Sat. Nov. 30

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-noon Sat. Nov. 30

Open Play

Kids - bring your parents, grandparents or caregivers in and spend some quality time being creative, imaginative and just plain having fun and making memories!

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $5/child, free for adults and infants under 12 months

Age: All Ages

9am-5pm Sat. Nov. 30

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

9am-7pm Sat. Nov. 30

9th Annual Durand Dazzle Day

Ho Ho Expo from 9am-2pm including vendor, food, and prizes. Face painting from 10am-2pm. Santa & Mrs. Claus from 11am-1pm. Bake sale. Concessions. Exotic animal zoo at 3pm. Horse drawn carriage & trolley rides. Parade at 6pm.

Downtown Durand

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

9:15-10am Sat. Nov. 30

Kids Make Music

Classes are filled with songs, musical activities, and instruments to stimulate your child's natural response to music. Families learn rhymes, songs, games, and dances to build developmentally appropriate skills in a fun and engaging…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $59 per month

Age: Ages 2 to 4

10:15-10:35am Sat. Nov. 30

Family Storytime

For ages two to six, but can be enjoyed by the entire family. 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: All Ages

10:30-11am Sat. Nov. 30

Story Time at Dotters Books

Guest readers will share two picture books with kids of all ages. Donuts from Roadside Bakery and fresh brewed coffee for you to enjoy (donations for treats are welcome, but not necessary.)

Dotters Books
1602 Hogeboom Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

11am-3pm Sat. Nov. 30

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

11-11:45am Sat. Nov. 30

Toddler- Caregiver Movement Class

Help your toddler move through the developmental stages of movement and increase their capacity for learning. The class will tire their bodies and allow them to move creatively. For Ages 5 and under with a participating adult.

Anandaworks Wellness Education Center
320 Putnam St Ste 123
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 5 and under with parent

11am-5pm Sat. Nov. 30

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

noon-8pm Sat. Nov. 30

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

noon-4pm Sat. Nov. 30

UW-Stout SOAD Faculty Show

The work of 20+ UW-Stout School of Art & Design faculty will fill both spaces of the Furlong Gallery with a vast range of medias and disciplines. Check the Furlong website for venue hours.

Furlong Gallery
178 Micheels Hall, UW-Stout
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-5pm Sat. Nov. 30

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

2:45pm Sat. Nov. 30

8th Annual Run for the Lights 5K/1M

A family orientated 5k and 1 Mile Run/Walk through the Irvine Park and the Christmas Village. Proceeds go to the Christmas Village. Chip timed 5k. There will be awards, refreshments, and treats after the race.

Irvine Park
Bridgewater Avenue
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Registration information online

Age: All ages

3-7pm Sat. Nov. 30

Holiday Dance Party & Fundraiser

Fun and excitement in the dance hall. Doors open early at 1pm and close at 10pm. Activities include the band (BonaFide) and a DJ, along with a raffle, bake sale, and silent auction. All proceeds go to Moose Charities to help children in need.

Moose Family Center
3606 Curvue Rd.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 admission/donation

Age: All Ages

5:30-6:15pm Sat. Nov. 30

Kids Rock Band

Students learn specially composed songs while receiving instruction on playing guitar, keyboard, and drums, as well as singing. All materials provided. Amazing concerts, t-shirts, posters, and more. New students are invited to set up a free…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $99 per month

Age: 4 to 6

7-9pm Sat. Nov. 30

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