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Events

activities • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Tue. Dec. 3

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 Tue. Dec. 3

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

9:15-10:30am Tue. Dec. 3

Tuesday Morning Play 'N' Learn Playgroup

A free, fun, play-based learning and socializing experience that children ages 0-5 and parents (or grandparents, or caregivers!) can enjoy together.

Family Resource Center for Eau Claire County
4800 Golf Rd., Suite 450
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Children ages 0-5

9:30-11:30am Tue. Dec. 3

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

10am-5pm Tue. Dec. 3

The Architect: A Retrospective

A retrospective exhibit of the art, architecture and photography of internationally recognized architect Augusto Perez Palacios. Augusto's work was the subject of many books as was his friendship with the great mural painter of Mexico, Diego…

B-Framed Galleries
313 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Tue. Dec. 3

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

10:15-10:35am Tue. Dec. 3

Toddler Tales Storytime

For two-and three-year-olds. All storytimes features 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: Toddlers

11am-3pm Tue. Dec. 3

Pastel & Watercolor Exhibition

Art exhibition of Pastels by Andrea LaMorte Schaffer and Watercolors by Lindamerry Udell.

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
205 Main St. E
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Tue. Dec. 3

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

1-1:45pm Tue. Dec. 3

Gentle Yoga- Session 3

This gentle yoga class is designed to create greater balance, mobility, and strength in the physical body. This class includes standing and balance postures. Participants should have the ability to getup and down from floor. Pre-register…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $10

Age: All Ages (great for 50+)

2-3pm Tue. Dec. 3

College and Career Navigation Sessions

Chippewa Valley Technical College is sponsoring FREE 1-hour sessions to cover topics including but not limited to College Navigation (all colleges-not just CVTC) and Career Navigation. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: Free, 1 hour sessions

Age: 16+

3-7pm Tue. Dec. 3

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

4:45-5:15pm Tue. Dec. 3

Pre-Ballet Holiday Fun Class

An introduction to ballet and creative movement which incorporates lots of Holiday themes and props. Great exercise and Holiday fun for ALL kids.

En Avant School of Dance
3330 North Town Hall Rd.
Eau Claire

Cost: $5

Age: Ages 3-4

5-8pm Tue. Dec. 3

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 | $2 on Tuesdays

Age: All Ages

5:15-6:15pm Tue. Dec. 3

Young Artists Studio

Informative and interactive classes on all things art. Explore a variety of different mediums as you hone and develop your creative skills. These classes are sure to inspire the creative in you.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $40, Community $56

Age: Ages 7-10

5:30-6:15pm Tue. Dec. 3

Youth Yoga - Session 3

Practice many yoga sequences through light, beautiful songs, stories and movements. This class is a great way to introduce your children to the basics of yoga in a fun and exciting way. Pre-register through Altoona Parks and Recreation.

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $10

Age: Ages 5-8

5:30-6:30pm Tue. Dec. 3

Zumba with Z.Vida Fitness

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program that has been wildly popular since the '90s. Join the awesome and energetic crew of instructors from Z. Vida Fitness in bringing the fun back into fitness. Bring some flat-soled shoes, a water…

The Center
3701 E. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $6 drop-in, $25 for 5-class card, $35 unlimited month

Age: 7+

6:15-7pm Tue. Dec. 3

Tween Yoga - Session 3

This class will incorporate discussion, yoga poses, relaxation and meditation. It leads through an inner journey as they discover the essence of themselves to provide confidence and more. Pre-register through Altoona Parks and Recreation.

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $10

Age: Ages 9-17

6:15-7:15pm Tue. Dec. 3

Kitchen Basics for Teens

In this cooking class just for teens, participants will enjoy a social and fun environment in which to explore a variety of cuisine. Learn the basics any teen needs to know to find his or her way around a kitchen, but also delve into more…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $40, Community $56

Age: Ages 11-16

6:30-7:30pm Tue. Dec. 3

The Christmas Harp Ensemble

Featuring young harpists from the Eau Claire area. This family friendly concert features Christmas favorites played by the students of Bethany Shuda and Serena O'Meara. The Holiday Toy Trains will be running at the same time. Enjoy this fun,…

Chippewa Valley Museum
1204 E. Half Moon Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

Age: All Ages

6:30-7:30pm Tue. Dec. 3

Explore! Junior STEM Institute

Designed specifically for elementary school students and will strive to teach key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics in a fun, hands-on way. Work to creatively solve problems through experimentation and discover…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $40, Community $56

Age: Ages 7-10

7-9pm Tue. Dec. 3

Art & Science: Dmitri's Dream

This event celebrates the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev's discovery of the Periodic Table of the Elements. It features poetry readings by Max Garland and historic perspectives by David Lewis, in addition to dramatic readings by UWEC…

Pablo Center at the Confluence - Jamf Theater
128 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $5

Age: All Ages