Holiday Fun Guide

This is a sponsored post.

Lake Country Family Fun has put together a one-stop guide that consolidates all your Holiday and Christmas events and fun into one place.  First, read about our sponsor, the Ingleside Hotel’s County Christmas. Then use the guide to find great local Christmas and Holiday fun for you and your family. Please thank all of the local sponsors that make Holidays in Waukesha County a breeze to navigate:

  • Holiday Fun Guide sponsored by Ingleside Hotel presenting Country Christmas 2019
  • Photos with Santa Guide sponsored by Delafield Chamber of Commerce
  • Christmas Parade Guide sponsored by Red Oak Law
  • Christmas Tree Farm Guide sponsored by Dayspring Church and School
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Guide sponsored by Downtown Hartland
  • Craft Fair Guide sponsored by Brown Street Emporium

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2019 HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE SPONSOR

A HUGE Holiday thank-you to our Holiday Fun Guide Sponsor, The Ingleside Hotel presenting the Country Christmas.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS at the Ingleside Hotel is Wisconsin’s Largest outdoor drive through light display and it begins soon for the 2019 season.  My kids always have a blast going through each year and they always seem to notice more and more details each year and squeal with delight as we make our way through! It runs from November 29- December 1, 2019 and December 6 – 31, 2019. Sunday through Thursday hours are from 5-9 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays it runs from 5- 10 pm.

country christmas ingleside

Country Christmas is celebrating its 24th year as Wisconsin’s largest and most spectacular drive-through holiday lights event! Country Christmas features over a million holiday lights festively displayed along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods. You’ll experience enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes – all from the comfort of your car. And when you’ve finished your trip through the trail, leave your vehicle behind and visit Christmas Village and The Streets of Bethlehem. Christmas Village is home to our spectacular, working model train display as well as a concession area to purchase refreshments. The Streets of Bethlehem is where you will be amazed by the near life-size Fontanini nativity display, an exact replica of the one found at the Vatican.

*NEW* for 2019, join us December 3rd, 4th or 5th for an Illuminated Walk through Country Christmas.  This three night only event will help benefit the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Enjoy the mile long Country Christmas trail like you never have before and receive discounted admission with the donation of a new book. Hours are 5pm – 9pm, last admission tickets sold at 8pm. Admission is $7 per person or $5 per person with a new book donation. For more information, visit https://www.thecountrychristmas.com/

HANDY HOLIDAY GUIDES

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Waukesha Christmas Parade
CHRISTMAS PARADE GUIDE sponsored by Red Oak Law in 2019
South East Wisconsin Christmas Tree Farms Guide Christmas Tree Lighting Guide
CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS sponsored by Dayspring Church and School in Pewaukee
Oconomowoc Tree Lighting Lannon Community Tree Lighting Okauchee Tree Lighting Downtown Waukesha Tree Lighting Brookfield Village Holiday Tree Lighting Pewaukee Christmas Tree Lighting Brookfield Tree Lighting Christmas Tree Lighting Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS sponsored by Downtown Hartland
German Christmas Market
PHOTOS WITH SANTA GUIDE sponsored by Delafield Area Chamber of Commerce
Holiday Craft Fair Guide
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR GUIDE sponsored by Brown St. Emporium
Lake Country Family Fun's Shop Small Holiday Guide
HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE sponsored by local small businesses listed in guide

CAN'T MISS LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENTS

must see performances

JOY OF CHRISTMAS

WAUKESHA County SALVATION ARMY: Christmas Concert Series 2019 Featuring the renowned and award winnign nordic brass and the string quartet of the wisconsin philharmonic

Do not miss these four wonderful Christmas Concerts on four days, a fundraising series to benefit the WAUKESHA County SALVATION ARMY and its charitable work, exclusively in Waukesha County. Last year events were sold out and stand-room only, so get your tickets EARLY!

Eagle: Sunday, December 15th at 2pm  – St. Theresa Catholic Church ian Church

Muskego:  Friday, December 13th at 7pm – Calvary Evangelical Church

Brookfield: Calvary Lutheran Church Thursday, December 12th at 7pm

Delafield: Saturday, December 14th at 2pm at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy Noble Victory Memorial Chapel.

TICKET PRICES

  • Adult: $12
  • Senior: $11
  • Students 5th grade +: $3
  • Veterans with Military ID: $2
  • $1 off until December 5th
  • *There is a $1.25 fee to purchase tickets through the above links.

All Christmas related fun from the Waukesha County Salvation Army found HERE.

MAINSTAGE ACADEMY OF DANCE PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER BALLET

MainStage Academy of Dance Presents: The Nutcracker

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Don’t Miss This Beloved Holiday Favorite!

DREAMS come alive in the MainStage Academy of Dance Youth Ballet’s enchanting production of ETA Hoffman’s The Nutcracker! Be delighted by the dazzling handmade embellished costumes, charming sets, falling snow and accomplished dancers as MSAD’s signature production unfolds before your eyes in this most beloved holiday favorite. We are in our seventh year and invite you to make it a family tradition!
This is the what true fairytales are made of!

The Nutcracker Ballet is performed entirely by the students of Mainstage Academy of Dance along with a few of their parents. The young cast of boys and girls, ages 8-18, will perform choreography by MainStage Artistic Director, Eddy Bray.

Showtimes:

  • Friday, December 6 – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 8 – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 7 – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 7 – 2:00 pm
  • All performances will be shown at the OCONOMOWOC ARTS CENTER.
  • Ticket prices are $16-18.

Purchase your tickets HERE!

Help us feed families in need by bringing a donation of non-perishable food items. Thank you! 

The 7th ANNUAL Production of the delightful musical rendition of the Charles Dickens classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL will be at the Lake Country Playhouse this Holiday season.

December 5 – 15, 2019

Music by ERNEST BRUSUBARDIS | Lyrics and Adaptation by MICHAEL KOSCINSKI

This year’s production promises audiences ‘a little something different’ to welcome the holiday season. 
Appropriate audience: All ages

Purchase your tickets HERE

make these holiday trips

Looking for some holiday fun to get you and your family in the holiday spirit? Enjoy this list and get in touch with your jolly side 🙂

Note: Information posted below taken from websites with permission.

COUNTRY SPRINGS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS DRIVE THROUGH LIGHTS

 PEWAUKEE, WI

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COUNTRY CHRISTMAS at the Ingleside Hotel is Wisconsin’s Largest outdoor drive through light display and it begins soon for the 2019 season.  My kids always have a blast going through each year and they always seem to notice more and more details each year and squeal with delight as we make our way through! It runs from November 29 – 1 and then December 6 through December 31st. Sunday through Thursday hours are from 5-9 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays it runs from 5- 10 pm.

*NEW* for 2019, join the Ingleside on December 3rd, 4th or 5th for an Illuminated Walk through Country Christmas.  This three night only event will help benefit the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Enjoy the mile long Country Christmas trail like you never have before and receive discounted admission with the donation of a new book. Hours are 5pm – 9pm, last admission tickets sold at 8pm. Admission is $7 per person or $5 per person with a new book donation. For more information, visit HTTPS://WWW.THECOUNTRYCHRISTMAS.COM/

OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS MARKET

ELKHART, WI

Reminiscent of the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt of Nüremberg, Germany, the 22nd annual Old World Christmas Market at The Osthoff Resort offers the warmth and merriment of this Old World tradition. The Osthoff Resort’s Old World Christmas Market was named one of the 2012 American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events in North America (CLICK HERE TO READ THE PRESS RELEASE)! For ten consecutive days, guests stroll the aisles of a grand heated tent bedecked with fragrant boughs of fresh evergreens and the tantalizing scents of roasted almonds and Nüremberg bratwurst as they browse for unique and specialty items among international and regional artisans.

The Old World Food Court offers shoppers space to relax and enjoy delectable German fare, such as, Nüremberg bratwurst, hot glühwein, sauerbraten, dumplings, wiener schnitzel, potato pancakes, red cabbage, pulled pork and apple strudel. Father Christmas, the venerable old gentleman in his berry red, fur-trimmed suit, roams the market merrily greeting children of all ages. So be sure to bring along your camera for some memorable photo opportunities.

The 2019 Old World Christmas Market is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM, December 6 – 15, 2019. Admission is $7 per adult, children 14 and under are complimentary with an adult ticketholder. Discounted ticket prices for groups of 20 or more are available.

For more information, please call  (877) 517-4596.

AN OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS

EAGLE, WI

Christmas OWWCelebrate the season as you travel back in time to engage your sense with performances, music, food, and hands-on activities that highlight holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by immigrants.  Help prepare Vanocka (traditional braided bread), tour the Yuletide Village in a horse-drawn sleigh, have your picture taken with Victorian Santa Claus in his busy workshop, sip on hot cider and wassail, indulge in sweet treats, and more! Don’t forget to watch out for Krampus! 

December 7-8, 14-15 from 10am to 4pm.  / Advance reservations are not required for An Old World Christmas. Special Pricing: Adults $12; youth (5-17) $9; children 4 and under are free. WHS members receive Free Admission to An Old World Christmas.

GUIDED TROLLEY TOUR OF LIGHTS

LAKE GENEVA, WI

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Christmas in the Country 2019 and the 26th Annual Illumination Ceremony – Join Grand Geneva on Sunday, November 24, 2019 for the kickoff of the annual six-week long Christmas in the Country Celebration. They flip the switch on more than 2 million lights throughout the property, then follow it up with our dazzling grand fireworks display to kick off the holiday season. Discover even more holiday magic this season with the additional kids activities and live entertainment throughout the Grand Ballroom, Evergreen Ballroom and the Lobby. Enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider too. We ask that all guests bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to United Way of Walworth County.

BMO HARRIS BANK’S ANNUAL STEIFF ANIMAL HOLIDAY DISPLAY

MILWAUKEE, WI

This annual holiday tradition transforms BMO Harris Bank’s downtown lobby into a holiday spectacular. Free and open to the public at 770 N. Water Street, downtown Milwaukee. This year’s BMO Harris Bank Holiday Display features more than 150 life-sized animals in Holiday Busy Town. The display is free and open to the public. For each visitor to the Display, BMO Harris Bank will donate $5 to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

2019 Dates TBD

 

MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL

MILWAUKEE, WI

November 21, 2019 – January 1, 2020

It’s the most dazzling time of year downtown – the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival is returning for its 20th year! Kick off the season on Thursday, November 21 at Pere Marquette Park with a holiday variety show and the city’s largest switch-flipping ceremony.

Kick-off

Ongoing activities

 

 

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES

WAUKESHA, WI

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Fridays and Saturdays Nov 29 – Dec 28 , enjoy an elegant horse-drawn CARRIAGE RIDE through the streets of downtown Waukesha.  Tickets can be purchased from participating downtown businesses, and you can get on a carriage at any of the carriage ride stops throughout downtown.

The cost for tickets is $5.00 per person or $12 for a family of three or more. Tickets can be purchased at:

  • Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys

Carriage Ride Schedule 2019

Friday’s 6 PM – 9 PM

Saturday’s 1 PM – 5 PM

ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY FOUR PACK OF CARRIAGE RIDE TICKETS HERE.

CANDY CANE LANE

WEST ALLIS, WI

 

CANDY CANE LANE is in West Allis and is fundraising for the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).  It runs November 29 through December 26th, and the hours are 6:00 -9:00 pm on the weekdays and 5:00 – 10:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Please note that the hours may change due to weather, traffic, and other conditions.  Candy Cane Lane is the neighborhood bordered by 96th Street on the west, 92nd Street on the east, Montana Avenue on the north, and Oklahoma Avenue on the south.  The Official MACC Fund donation location is at the intersection of 95th and Manitoba.

 

WISCONSIN CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL OF LIGHTS

CALEDONIA

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival Of Lights **Giveaway**

THE CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL OF LIGHTS is open Saturday, November 30th through December 31 except Christmas Day, when the Carnival is closed so that the Isaacson family can enjoy the holiday together. Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00 – 10:00 pm.  Cost:  Car (up to 8 people) $20, Large passenger vans, camper, limo, mini bus $30, Large Bus, Greyhound or Large Motorhome $35.  Please note: Santa’s Workshop is open every day. Santa is at the workshop and available for photos every Wednesday 6:00-8:30pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30-9:30PM on November 26th and between December 2nd and 24th. Visit SANTA’S WORKSHOP to learn more. The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights is hosted at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp Resort in Caledonia, Wisconsin, located just 20 minutes south of Milwaukee.

Note: Cash only. ATM available.

 

SHALOM HOLIDAY LIGHT DRIVE THROUGH

WEST BEND

The holiday drive-thru begins November 23rd and runs through December 31st. Evening hours include special colored floodlights to enhance animal viewing and make the trip magical. New this year: Dress warm and walk our short petting zoo trail where you can feed and enjoy the animals. Grain is available for $3/bag. After, enjoy complimentary hot cocoa or purchase a meal in our Grizzly Grill Restaurant. 

Pricing: $8 per person before 3:30pm (2 & under are free). Pricing includes the holiday drive-thru, petting zoo admission, and hot cocoa. We hope to see you this holiday season! 

ENCHANTMENT IN THE PARK

WEST BEND

JOIN US FOR AN INTERACTIVE HOLIDAY LIGHTSHOW TO BENEFIT HUNGRY FAMILIES AND LOCAL

*November 29 – December 24

*Horse & carriage rides 5:00-9:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday

*Roast marshmallows over the toasty warm fire pits every Friday and Saturday

*Special events provided every night starting at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

*Santa leaves at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday

Festive Fridays

CEDARBURG

Celebrate the holidays with Cedar Creek on Festive Fridays! On each of the six Friday nights before Christmas you will find a specially-themed holiday event at the Cedar Creek Settlement. The winery and shops are open until 9pm with music, wine tastings, cookies and cider. The Settlement is festively adorned for the holidays and features 25 unique shops all nestled in a restored 1864 woolen mill. Each Friday will have a specially-themed holiday event. November 15  – December 13th.

Ice Festival

BURLINGTON

The City is delighted to host the Wisconsin State Ice Carving Competition as part of the 2019 Ice Festival on Saturday, December 14th.

Over a dozen ice blocks will be placed throughout Wehmhoff Square Park. Each sculpture will be carved from a 300-pound block of ice that has been frozen in a special process to ensure that the blocks are crystal clear. The blocks are ten inches thick, twenty inches wide and stand forty inches tall on a wooden stand. The live sculpture carving, a favorite viewing attraction, showcases ice carvers using hand tools as they transform the massive blocks of ice into an array of giant masterpieces.

Along with watching the carving competition, visitors can spend the day in downtown Burlington taking a horse-drawn wagon ride, seeing live reindeer, visiting Santa Clause, exploring our downtown and much more! There is no cost to visitors attending this festival. This is event is only made possible with the support of our community sponsors.

Schedule of Events
Wehmhoff Square Park
355 N. Pine Street, Burlington, WI

Saturday, December 14

  • Ice carving competition  
  • Judging 
  • Horse and wagon rides
  • Reindeer in the park
  • Santa in the Chalet
  • Carvings lit up at night!

LCFF HOLIDAY ARTICLES

LIGHT DISPLAYS THAT AMAZE

LIGHT DISPLAY ON SUNFLOWER CT IN SUMMIT

Park your car and watch the Christmas lights as you listen to the music over the radio at a residential home on Sunflower Court in Summit. Tune to channel fm 89.5.  The display runs from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Lights are up and one song available at this time. 

GLEISNER HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY

They will have the dispaly this year in 2019!!! 1364 Crystal Lake Drive Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Christmas at the Lodge

Drive past this beautifully remodeled home in downtown Oconowmoc at night to see their gorgeous lights at 307 N. Lake Road.

SANTA’ S ROCKIN’ LIGHTS – STATE FAIR PARK 

Wisconsin State Fair Park
640 S 84th St
West Allis, WI 53214

Opening Day:
Friday, November 22, 2019

Operation Hours/Price
Sunday to Thursday 4:50 PM to 9:00 PM:
$24.99/Vehicle*

*Except for the days of 12/19-12/24 it will be weekend pricing.
**Online price only. Higher price at the gate

Friday and Saturday 4:50 PM to 10:00 PM:
$29.99/Vehicle

*29.99 on 12/19 thru 12/24.
**Online price only. Higher price at the gate

Buy Tickets

*Dates and times subject to change.  Check the website before visiting.
-Additional fees at checkout-

DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Take the Jingle Bus or the hop to view all the city of Milwaukee Downtown Holiday lights has to see!

LIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

The show will run from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday; 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. 

See link for address and more details.

LIGHTS ON GLEN COVE

The display will run each night starting at 5:00 pm. The shows will end at 9:00 pm on Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. The display hopes to be up on December 1, 2019. 

Enchantment in the Park

Join Us For An Interactive Holiday Lightshow To Benefit Hungry Families And Local

Suggested $10 cash donation and food donations!!!

*Horse & carriage rides 5:00-9:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday

*Roast marshmallows over the toasty warm fire pits every Friday and Saturday

*Special events provided every night starting at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

*Santa leaves at 8:00 p.m. on Sundays

Ziemer Family Lights

The Ziemer Family invites you to drive through their light display on their farm on the north side of Watertown. The lights will be on at 5:00 pm. You can drive through now through New Year’s Day.

More details here.

Cookie Walks

Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:00 am-10:30 am
First United Methodist Church
121 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI  53186

Cookie Walk located in the lower-level church dining room
Cookies sold by the pound at $10.00/pound
Sponsored by the United Methodist Women
All proceeds go to UMW Projects
For more information call: 262-542-4256

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
9:00 am until cookies are gone
Jerusalem Presbyterian Church
2017 Main Street, Wales, WI

Doors open at 8:00 am, when numbers will be given out to hold your place in line. The church will sell fresh cinnamon rolls and coffee while you wait for the sale to start.
Cookies are homemade and sold by the dozen. Buyers may choose from among many different varieties and “mix and match” as they wish. Proceeds benefit the Kettle Moraine Food Pantry.
In addition, chili and hot dogs will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call Jerusalem Presbyterian Church at 262-968-3408. To reach the church, take I-94 to the Highway 83 exit and proceed south to Main Street in Wales.

 

LAKE COUNTRY FAMILY FUN HAS ALL YOUR HOLIDAY NEEDS. CHECK OUT OUR HOLIDAY SHOP SMALL GUIDEPHOTOS WITH SANTA GUIDECHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING GUIDECHRISTMAS TREE FARM GUIDEHOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR GUIDE, AND CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY PARADE GUIDE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM LAKE COUNTRY FAMILY FUN!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM LAKE COUNTRY FAMILY FUN! 

ADD SOME HOLIDAY FUN

If you have a Holiday Fun event that fits into one of the categories in our Holiday Fun Guide and would like it added to this list, please email us at erin@lakecountryfamilyfun(dot)com with your information. You can also email us via the contact form below.