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7am-9:30pm Tue. Dec. 17

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-9pm Tue. Dec. 17

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

9:15-10:30am Tue. Dec. 17

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

9:30-10:30am Tue. Dec. 17

St. Mark Power Hour- Happy Birthday Jesus

Kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to this free program. Come and hear a Bible story, sing songs, make a craft and enjoy a snack. There is also lots of time to play. Please visit the website to pre-register or just show up.

St. Mark Lutheran Church and School
3307 State Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 0-5 and their caregivers

9:30-10:30am Tue. Dec. 17

St. Mark Power Hour- Happy Birthday Jesus

Kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to this free program. Come and hear a Bible story, sing songs, make a craft and enjoy a snack. There is also lots of time to play. Please visit the website to pre-register or just show up.

St. Mark Lutheran Church and School
3307 State Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 0-5 and their caregivers

9:30-11:30am Tue. Dec. 17

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

10:30-11:30am Tue. Dec. 17

Ukulele Play-and-Learn

Learn ukulele by playing songs in a fun group setting. Each month will have a set of songs to share that are broken down into different levels of difficulty.

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 (Free for ECMS families)

11am-3pm Tue. Dec. 17

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

1-1:45pm Tue. Dec. 17

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. 17

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. 17

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. 17

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. 17

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

5:30-6:15pm Tue. Dec. 17

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. 17

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+

6-9pm Tue. Dec. 17

Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire (UKE)

All levels and ages of ukulele players (and listeners & singers) are welcome. Social hour begins at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm. If you wish to lead a song, please bring at least 20 copies of the music to share.

Galloway Grille
409 Galloway St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:15-7pm Tue. Dec. 17

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