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The Big To-Do: Five Family Event Picks You Shouldn’t Miss

things to get on your family calendar for November and December

The Bridge to Wonderland Parade is Dec. 4 in Chippewa Falls.
The Bridge to Wonderland Parade is Dec. 4 in Chippewa Falls.

ECCT: ‘Elf the Musical’

Nov. 11-13 • Pablo Center

Buddy the Elf returns to the Pablo Center stage in this musical holiday classic based on the beloved movie.

Christmas Village

Nov. 25 - New Years • Irvine Park

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 a Christmas village. Bring your family and friends to view this spectacular scene.

Santa’s Arrival

Nov. 26 • BMO Harris parking lot,  Chippewa Falls • 10am

Greet Santa and Mrs. Claus upon their arrival in Chippewa Falls. Head over to their house afterward to tell Santa all of your Christmas wishes.

Bridge to Wonderland Parade & After Party

Dec. 4 • Downtown CF • 6-7pm

Enjoy over 50 illuminated musical floats, walking units, and animal entries as they light up the winter skies. A beloved Chippewa Falls tradition. Head down to Riverfront Park for an after party afterwards for family fun.

Hot Cocoa with Santa

Dec. 11 • Camp Brunswick • noon-3pm

Free pictures with Santa, winter hikes, bonfire with marshmallows & snacks, all-you-can-drink hot cocoa, sledding, snowshoeing, and holiday crafts.

This was made by

Andrea Paulseth  photographer

Andrea Paulseth has been the part-time staff photographer with Volume One since 2008, trying her best to draw in the reader with off camera lighting skill and editorial style photography.