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Wed. Dec. 4

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 Wed. Dec. 4

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 Wed. Dec. 4

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

9:15am-noon Wed. Dec. 4

Wednesday Morning Playgroup

A free, fun, play-based learning and socializing experience that children ages 0-5 and parents (or grandparents, or caregivers!) can enjoy together. 9:15-10:30 or 10:45-noon. Registration suggested.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Age 0-5

9:30-10:15am Wed. Dec. 4

Babies Make Music

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

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $59 per month

Age: Infants to walking

10am-5pm Wed. Dec. 4

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 Wed. Dec. 4

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 Wed. Dec. 4

Bouncing Babies Storytime

For pre-walkers, starting at birth. All storytimes features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required. Also includes parachute play, bubbles, and play group.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Infants/Babies

10:30-11:15am Wed. Dec. 4

Toddlers Make Music

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

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $59 per month

Age: Ages 1 to 2

11am-3pm Wed. Dec. 4

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 Wed. Dec. 4

Visions of Sugar Plums Art Exhibit

Be delighted by art nouveau and botanical pomologicals; folk art and algorithmic art curated to show their connections and progressions with sugar plums dancing for the fun of it.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Wed. Dec. 4

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

2-2:45pm Wed. Dec. 4

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+

3-8pm Wed. Dec. 4

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

4:30-5:30pm Wed. Dec. 4

Tween Dance Class

Dance for youth with BaredFeet involves movement fundamentals to learn about the body's natural functions, expressive exploration to develop dance vocabulary, and exposure to several music/dance styles and yoga in a low pressure class. Class…

Anandaworks Wellness Education Center
320 Putnam St Ste 123
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 3rd-8th Grade

5:30-6:45pm Wed. Dec. 4

Wednesday Evening Playgroup

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

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Children age 0-5

6-8pm Wed. Dec. 4

Evening Open Skate

Every Wednesday and Sunday this Fall/Winter. No skate on 11/27, 12/25, 1/1, 1/22. Youth Skate Rental is free.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch)

Age: All Ages

6:15-8:30pm Wed. Dec. 4

Evening Rink Rat Hockey

Open hockey time for youth players by age. Must have full equipment. Ages 15 and older are not permitted to skate in Rink Rats! Mite/Squirt (ages 7-10): 6:15pm-7:15pm. Pewee/Bantam (ages 11-14): 7:30pm-8:30pm

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch)

Age: Ages 7-10, Ages 11-14

6:30-9pm Wed. Dec. 4

Open Mic at Caffe Tempo

Grab your instruments and come in for Open Mic. Baby Grand Piano, pro mic, amps and cords.

Caffe Tempo
2530 Golf Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-7:30pm Wed. Dec. 4

Breathe & Stretch Yoga - Session 2

Relax for the evening with a slow, gentle flow with longer holds to help wind down. Learn new breathing and meditation skills. Pre-Register online or at the Altoona Parks & Recreation Office.

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $15

Age: Adults

7pm Wed. Dec. 4

An Evening of Traditional Christmas Music

A concert featuring Art Mathews II at the keyboard, Holcombe Madrigal Singers, combined church choirs of Trinity and First Presbyterian and a reading of the Christmas Story. Refreshments served.

Trinity United Methodist Church
201 W. Central Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Free will donation

7-9pm Wed. Dec. 4

DJ Trivia

Weekly general knowledge Trivia with Djtrivia of the Chippewa Valley. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places prizes.

Westside Bar & Grill
1807 N. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Any