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7am-9:30pm Sat. Dec. 7

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-3pm Sat. Dec. 7

8th Annual Craft Sale

Ten local artists selling handmade goods, something for everyone on your holiday list. Unique kids toys, jewelry, greeting cards, hand sewn, stitched, knitted and crocheted items, honey and other bee products, baked goods and so much more.

Rambo Home
2409 5TH ST
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-11am Sat. Dec. 7

Breakfast with Santa

Families can enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit with Santa. Children can also make a Christmas ornament. Families will be able to give an early Christmas gift by bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry.…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $8/person; 3 and under free (register by 10/2)

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Sat. Dec. 7

29th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk

Wonderful Christmas aromas and music set the scene for this special cookie walk, which offers the most beautiful and delicious assortment of cookies, candies, and holiday goodies for sale.

Christ Church Cathedral
510 S. Farwell St.
Eau Claire

9am-2pm Sat. Dec. 7

The Christmas Vendor Show

The Christmas Vendor show is on for the 5th year at the Eagles Club in Chippewa Falls. Featuring, local craft vendors, and small home business consultants. Doors open to Shoppers at 9am. FREE Swag bags to the first 100 shoppers.

Chippewa Valley Eagles Club
2588 State Hwy 53
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

9am-noon Sat. Dec. 7

Winter Family Fun Day

Kids crafts, Cookie decorating, Hot Cocoa, and Photos with Santa (children and pets welcome.)

Chilson Outdoor Adventure RV
2031 S Prairie View Rd
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: newborn to young adult

9am-8pm Sat. Dec. 7

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

9am-3pm Sat. Dec. 7

Sensory Friendly Santa

There's no line, no audience. Just your family, Santa, and a couple of Foundations Therapy team members ready to implement strategies to adapt the situation for your child's comfort. Complete the experience with goodie bags and snacks for…

Foundation's Therapy
2108 Broadway St. South
Menomonie

Cost: $20/family

Age: All Ages

9am-1pm Sat. Dec. 7

Menomonie Farmer's Market - Winter Market

Local producers only farmer's market featuring Menomonie area farmers, bakeries, food producers and artists. Free parking.

Raw Deal
603 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-2pm Sat. Dec. 7

Fall Creek Community Christmas Fair

70+ area vendors: Baked goods (including ethnic foods like LEFSE), crafts, jewelry, books, honey, Christmas decorations, gift items, candy, and more. Coffee & sweets served at 9am. Lunch 10:30am-1:30 pm: taco bar, hot beefs, chili dogs,…

Fall Creek Firehouse
Highway 12
Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-11am Sat. Dec. 7

Christmas Cookie Walk

Choose your own cookies from a large selection at $7 per pound. Candies priced separately. Come early for best choices.

Trinity United Methodist Church
201 W Central St
Chippewa Falls

9am-noon Sat. Dec. 7

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

10am-5pm Sat. Dec. 7

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-2pm Sat. Dec. 7

Menomonie Market Holiday Open House

Huge holiday deals, gift ideas, meet and greets with local farmers and producers, free samples, cookie decorating, a gift basket giveaway, and much more! Featured local vendors include Deutsch Family Farm, Far North Spirits, and Farmer to…

Menomonie Market Food Co-op
814 Main St. East
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-1pm Sat. Dec. 7

15th Annual Pleasant Valley 4-H Cookie Walk & Craft Sale

Purchase cookies by the pound, Mr and Mrs Claus, hot lunch, local vendors, kids crafts, large assortment of festive and tasty holiday treats.

Pleasant Valley Community Center- Cleghorn
S10414 cty rd HH I
Cleghorn

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am Sat. Dec. 7

ECCT's Polar Express PJ Party

Kids can hang out in their PJs, watch the Polar Express movie, and do related activities. Check ECCT's website for more.

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10

10am-noon Sat. Dec. 7

Frigid 8 and Thermal 3

Indianhead Track Club's 50th Anniversary Frigid 8 and Thermal 3 run/walk. First 200 registrants will receive a 50th Anniversary Hoody! Plenty of food, hot beverages and cold beverages are available after the race, and of course, runners can…

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1300 Mansfield
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $25 until November 27; $35

Age: All Ages

10am Sat. Dec. 7

Run Santa Run 5K (Run/Walk)

Join in this holiday-themed run. Dress as Santa, an Elf, or an abominable snowman. Bring your costume, and they'll help with shirts, hats, or accessories. North Pole Post-Race Party.

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: $25-45

Age: All Ages

10:15-10:35am Sat. Dec. 7

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. Dec. 7

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

11-11:45am Sat. Dec. 7

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-3pm Sat. Dec. 7

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

11:30am-1:30pm Sat. Dec. 7

Santa Claus at the Labor Temple

Santa Claus is coming to the Labor Temple! Stop by for lunch and a free photo with Santa Claus. Lunch menu: brats, hot dogs, beans, sauerkraut, chips, cookies, fruit, hot cocoa. All Families Welcome

Labor Temple Lounge
2233 Birch St # 6
Eau Claire

noon-8pm Sat. Dec. 7

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. Dec. 7

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

noon-4pm Sat. Dec. 7

4th Annual Christkindlmarkt

Delight your senses with the feel of a European market. Vendors include local potters, cheese makers, handcrafted wooden gifts, handcrafted soaps, bakers, and other locally made products.

Lazy Monk Brewing, LLC
97 West Madison Street
Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

noon-11pm Sat. Dec. 7

God Country Family Christian Film Festival

A unique three day showcase of new movies that deal with issues of faith; the importance of patriotism; and the celebration of family life.

Micon Downtown Cinema
315 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Individual sessions: $6. Friday Pass: $15. Saturday Pass: $25. Sunday Pass: $25. Full Festival Pass: $55.

Age: Most sessions all ages

1-4pm Sat. Dec. 7

Photos with Santa

Carlson Chiropractic Clinic presents FREE photos with Santa! Bring a donation item for Night Before Christmas boxes. Stop by with the kiddos for holiday cheer, cookie decorating, and to tell Santa what they want for Christmas this year.

Carlson Chiropractic Clinic
3119 Golf Road, Ste 103
Eau Claire

Cost: Donation

Age: All Ages

1-5pm Sat. Dec. 7

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

1-4pm Sat. Dec. 7

Haymarket Holiday

Come enjoy hot cocoa, fire pits, horse-drawn wagon rides, an artist market, and more!

Downtown Eau Claire
Roughly Defined as Barstow Street, Farwell Street, and Graham Avenue
Eau Claire

1-5pm Sat. Dec. 7

Christmastime in the City

Christmastime in the City features free visits with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa and cookies, arts & crafts, an artist market, and the lighting of Downtown's Christmas Tree.

Haymarket Landing & The Pablo Center

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1:30-3pm Sat. Dec. 7

Gingerbread House Creation & Crafts

Cozy up for an afternoon of sweet family fun! Make your own gingerbread house and then explore a variety of wintry crafts in Youth Services. All materials provided, while supplies last.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

2-7pm Sat. Dec. 7

Eau Claire Male Chorus: Songs of Merry Christmas

The Eau Claire Male Chorus presents this holiday concert, Songs of Merry Christmas. Special guests include the Altoona High School Choir, and the Chippewa Valley Boys Choir.

Lake Street United Methodist Church
337 Lake Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $12 adv, $15 door, FREE for 18 and under

4-6pm Sat. Dec. 7

Christmas Caroling

Bring your instruments, voices and Christmas good-cheer as families and community members gather for traditional caroling. Music will be predominantly played from Eau Claire's own "5th Street Fiddle Session's Christmas Classics 1st edition".…

Lazy Monk Brewing, LLC
97 West Madison Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5pm Sat. Dec. 7

Christmas Swing Gala w/ Cathy Reitz and the 7 Swing

Cathy Reitz and the 7 Swing - Voted Best in Chippewa - will be performing holiday jazz classics to move your feet and dance! Ticket includes meal and music. $5 of each ticket benefits Holcombe Food Pantry to construct a new permanent home.

Paradise Shores
26364 CTH M
Holcombe

Cost: $30

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Sat. Dec. 7

Parents' Night Out

Are you in need of a night out? Bring your child to the YMCA on Parents’ Night Out, an event where you can go enjoy a few hours to yourself while your kids are having a blast here. They will provide dinner for the kids, pool time, games,…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $10, Community $15

Age: Ages 5-12

6pm Sat. Dec. 7

30th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade

50+ illuminated and musical floats, walking units, and horse drawn wagons as they light up the winter sky. A beautiful winter parade and beloved Chippewa Falls tradition.

Downtown Chippewa Falls
North Bridge Street, North Bay Street, and North High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-9pm Sat. Dec. 7

Chippewa Valley Roller Derby Season 10 Game 1

Join CVRD for their Season 10 Opening Home Bout against the Reservoir Dolls from Madison, WI. First whistle at 6:30, bleacher seating available, or bring your own chair to sit track side. Featured charity: Fierce Freedom. Adult beverages…

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $8 advance, $10 at the door

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Sat. Dec. 7

The Hot Flashes Holiday Concert

Under the direction of Dave Zahn, their instrumental chops will impress you while their sassy voices perform old and new holiday favorites. Singing along is highly encouraged!

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm

Cost: $15 Reserved

Age: All Ages

7pm Sat. Dec. 7

Bridge to Wonderland After-Party

Head to Riverfront Park after the parade for campfires, s’mores, and free hot chocolate. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations will be accepted for s’mores with proceeds going to Friends of the Library.

Riverfront Park
Bridge St. and River St.
Chippewa Falls