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7am-9:30pm Sat. Dec. 14

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

8-11am Sat. Dec. 14

Hallie Optimist Club Breakfast with Santa

Bring your camera and take your picture with Santa after enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast

Hallie Town Hall
13033 30th Avenue
Hallie

Cost: Adults $6, Kids 12 and under free

Age: All Ages

9am-8pm Sat. Dec. 14

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-1pm Sat. Dec. 14

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-noon Sat. Dec. 14

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-9pm Sat. Dec. 14

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

10am-2pm Sat. Dec. 14

Lunatique Pop-Up at Dotters Books

Melanie Ripley of Lunatique will be popping up at Dotters Books, selling simple, hand bound books and journals - the perfect gift for the writers, list makers, musicians, poets, dreamers, and artists in your life. Melanie makes each book from…

Dotters Books
1602 Hogeboom Ave.
Eau Claire

10am Sat. Dec. 14

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. 14

Family Literacy Event

Families will enjoy theme based stories, crafts and a snack as well as tips and tricks for successful parenting and growing literacy skills. Children will be able to pick a free book to take home each month.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

10am-3pm Sat. Dec. 14

Holiday Shopping Spree

Holiday shopping with local vendors and crafters with the proceeds going to the Cadott Food Pantry.

Frog Hop
23027 County Highway X
Cadott

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:15-10:35am Sat. Dec. 14

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. 14

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. Dec. 14

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. Dec. 14

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

11:30am-1:30pm Sat. Dec. 14

Hope Gospel Mission Christmas Community Dinner

Hope Gospel Mission is hosting a free Christmas Community Dinner, all are welcome. Shuttle service will be provided starting at 11am from SoJourner House, 618 S Barstow St.

Hope Gospel Mission
2650 Mercantile Dr
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-4pm Sat. Dec. 14

Photos with the Holly King

The Holly King is making a special stop to visit children young and old and well-behaved dogs. Stop in to take photos with him (BYO camera/smart phone) for the cost of a nonperishable food item (or small cash donation). All donations…

The Broom & Crow
106 E. Grand Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Non-perishable food item

Age: All ages & Well-behaved pups!

noon-2:30pm Sat. Dec. 14

8th Annual Memorial High School Orchestra Cookie Walk

Homemade cookies sold by the pound, beverages, music by the orchestra, kids arts and crafts carnival, and Santa from 12:45-2:30

Memorial High School
2225 Keith St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-4pm Sat. Dec. 14

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. 14

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

1-4pm Sat. Dec. 14

Christmas VBS

Children can learn the biblical story of Jesus while parents have an afternoon to do some Christmas shopping or chores. Register your child online or by phone before attending.

Messiah Lutheran Church
2015 N Hastings Way
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 4-13

1-5pm Sat. Dec. 14

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

1:30pm Sat. Dec. 14

Eau Claire Children's Theater: A Year with Frog and Toad

This musical tale follows two great friends, the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four, fun-filled seasons. Featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, A Year with Frog and Toad is part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all…

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Admission Information Online

2pm Sat. Dec. 14

Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra: A Classical Christmas

Holiday classics from Frozen, Mannheim Steamroller, the Transiberian Orchestra, and more. Selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker performed by the Diamond School of Dance means you don't want to miss this holiday concert.

Pablo Center at the Confluence
120 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $25 adults, $10 students & youth

3-5pm Sat. Dec. 14

Holiday Pop Up with CMEC at Dive Bar

Kids can pose for a picture with Santa, have some pizza, decorate cookies, create their own special hot chocolate at the hot chocolate bar and make and take an ornament home, all while the adults sip on some hot mulled wine.

Dive Bar
333 Gibson St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages (1-10)

4:30-7pm Sat. Dec. 14

Madrigal Dinner Holcombe United Methodist Church

Enjoy a four course Renaissance feast and wonderful musical entertainment at the Lake Holcombe UMC. Tickets sell out early every year.

Holcombe United Methodist Church
27841 Co Hwy M
Holcombe

Cost: $30 Dollars per person

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Sat. Dec. 14

Live Music: Ken Rogers, John Utphall and Randy Sinz

The holiday season is for gathering, friends, and music! Once again, Ken, John and Randy will entertain with their amazing musical and singing skills.

200 Main - Art and Wine
200 Main St.
Eau Claire

7-9pm Sat. Dec. 14

Live Music: Davey J & Friends

Davey J & Friends brings a rotating cast to the stage, performing originals, rock, Americana, and folk like no one else can. Stop by for rollin' rhythms, good times, and songs to remember. 20 years of performing brings a uniquely freewheeling…

Acoustic Cafe - Eau Claire
505 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Sat. Dec. 14

Fairy Princess Game of Thrones

Under the instruction of Troy Ingli, a new high school-level class was added to the curriculum at Pepin Schools. WideSpot is happy to encourage performing arts for youth and couldn't think of a better way to support them than donating our…

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm

Cost: $2

Age: All Ages

7:30-10pm Sat. Dec. 14

Starquest 2019

Finals of ECCT’s annual vocal competition. Young performers compete in two age categories. 12 and under and 13-18- before a panel of judges for cash prizes.

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $14 Adults & seniors, $8 youth & students