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7am-9:30pm Wed. Dec. 18

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. 18

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 Wed. Dec. 18

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

9:15am-noon Wed. Dec. 18

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. 18

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

10-11am Wed. Dec. 18

Baby & Me

A group for first time parents and their babies. There will be topics & resources each week as well as time to connect with other parents.

River Source Family Center
403 High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 0-11 months

10:30-11:15am Wed. Dec. 18

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. 18

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. 18

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

2-2:45pm Wed. Dec. 18

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. 18

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. 18

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. 18

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. 18

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. 18

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. 18

Open Mic at Caffe Tempo

Open Mic at Caffe Tempo. Bring your instrument and jam it out. Baby Grand piano, house amps, pro mic and cords on site.

Caffe Tempo
2530 Golf Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Wed. Dec. 18

Yata, Sinz & Orfield Concert & Winter Solstice

This group brings an unexpected and masterful mashup of folk, blues and jazz. Three veteran musicians- Yata (guitar/voice), Randy Sinz (bass/voice) & Sue Orfield (saxophone/voice) - Combine their songwriting and performing skills, presenting…

Unity Christ Center
1808 Folsom St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 at the door

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Wed. Dec. 18

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

7-10pm Wed. Dec. 18

Open Mic Night

Grab your guitar, drums, bass, fiddle, harmonica, poem or best jokes and join us for an Open Mic Night hosted by Jake & Dani from Rock Creek Song Dogs. All performers welcome to join. Average performance is 2-4 songs or about 15-20 minutes.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill
50819 West St.
Osseo

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-10pm Wed. Dec. 18

Open Mic Night

Grab your guitar, drums, bass, fiddle, harmonica, poem or best jokes and join us for an Open Mic Night hosted by Jake & Dani from Rock Creek Song Dogs. All performers welcome to join. Average performance is 2-4 songs or about 15-20 minutes.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill
50819 West St.
Osseo

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Wed. Dec. 18

A Motown Christmas

The Motown Experience is a world-class vocal group, featuring past and present members of Motown's most legendary groups: The Temptations, The Miracles and The Capitols. A Motown Christmas is a family-oriented show combining Motown's greatest…

Pablo Center at the Confluence
120 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: Tickets start at $39