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6 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Family

Enjoy this Holiday season with celebrating. Celebrate the families we love. Celebrate tradition. Celebrate our community. Here are 6 ways to celebrate the holidays in Northeast Wisconsin with your family.

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1. Celebrate the Birthday of a King

Christmas at the Barn, Rock K Ranch, Greenleaf
Thursday, December 18, 2014
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Live Nativity, animals, face painting children’s faces, balloons, Christmas carols, bonfire in the woods and more (indoor and outdoor). FREE. Food available for purchase.

Live Nativity at Martin Luther Church, Oshkosh
Saturday, December 7, 2014
4 – 7 pm
Walk or drive through the town of Bethlehem with Roman centurions, the inn keeper, shepherds, angels and the babe in the manger. FREE.


2. Celebrate with Music

Christmas Stars, Fine Arts Theatre, Xavier High School, Appleton
Thursday, December 4 – Sunday, December 14, 2014
“Wisconsin’s Biggest Christmas Party” a Broadway style performance featuring music, a Christmas parade, a visit from Santa and live nativity. Visit their website for ticket information.

Ring in the Holidays, Kimberly Community Band Christmas Concert
JR Gerritts Middle School, Kimberly
Sunday, December 7, 2014
2 pm
FREE event includes a visit from Santa and social with punch and cookies.

Holiday Concert with Tom Pease, Menasha Public Library, Menasha
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
6:30 – 7:15 pm
Concert with old and new songs with some seasonal joy and good cheer. FREE.

The Fox Valleyaires Barbershop Chorus’ Christmas Show
James W. Perry Hall, UW-Fox Valley, Menasha
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
7 – 8:30 pm
Songs of the Season with special appearance by the Badger Girls Choir.


3. Celebrate with an Old Friend, Santa

Santa Calls sponsored by Appleton Park & Recreation
Monday, December 10 – Wednesday, December 12, 2014
Ages 3 – 6: 5 – 7 pm, Ages 7 – 8: 7 – 8 pm
Form must be returned by Friday, November 28, 2014.

Call Santa! Sponsored by the Neenah Menasha Noon Optimists
Monday, December 8 – Thursday, December 11, 2014
Call between the hours of 5 – 8 pm at (920)215-3910.

Santa at Gabriel Furniture, Appleton
Saturdays until Christmas
12 – 3 pm
Bring your own camera. FREE.

Santa at Northland Mall, Appleton
Bring your own camera. FREE.

Santa at Fox River Mall, Appleton
Saturday, November 15 – Wednesday, December 24, 2014


4. Celebrate with Treats & Friends

Christmas in the Air, EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh
Saturday, December 6, 2014
11 am – 4 pm
Holiday stories, music, movies, dance, milk and cookies and more. Santa arrives by helicopter at 12 pm. Donations of nonperishable items encouraged for the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry.

Breakfast with Santa & Friends, Fox River Mall, Appleton
Saturday, December 6, 2014
8 – 9:30 am
Enjoy a full breakfast from Fox River Brewing Company, children’s activities, and meet Santa and his friends including ‘Fang’ from the Timber Rattlers. Tickets are $5 and are available in the Fox River Mall management office (located on the mezzanine above the food court) or at the Habitat for Humanity Gift Wrap Center near Target. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity and their local programs.

Fang’s Holiday Extravaganza, Timber Rattler Stadium, Appleton
Sunday, November 30, 2014
11 am – 2 pm
Lots of Special guests including Fang, Whiffer and Santa. Also, storytime with Buddy the Elf, coloring contest and cookie decorating. FREE.

Breakfast with the Grinch, Building for Kids, Appleton
Saturday, December 20, 2014
8 – 10 am
Enjoy breakfast, Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” storytime, crafts and free play. Tickets are $5 for members or $10 for non-members and can be purchased by calling 920-734-3226, ext. 22.

Breakfast with Santa, Fox Valley Technical College
Appleton Commons

Saturday, December 6, 2014
9 am
Children’s entertainment provided by Rick Kelley, photos with Santa following breakfast & kids crafts. $4/person, children 2 & under are free.

Breakfast with Santa, Fox Valley Technical College
Oshkosh Riverside Campus Commons

Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:30 am
Children’s entertainment, photos with Santa following breakfast & kids crafts. $2/person, children 2 & under are free.


5. Celebrate with Lights

WPS Garden of Lights, Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Green Bay
Sunday, November 28 – Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Walk (about 30-45 min.) or ride in a horse drawn wagon (about 10-15 min.) through a light tour of over a quarter of a million twinkling lights. Most paths are shoveled and salted and should be accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Visit Santa as well. Adult tickets are $9/$11 and children 3 and over are $5/$9 and available at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens before or at the door. Also available to purchase at select Festival Foods locations including: Green Bay East & West, DePere, Appleton, Darboy, Suamico, Manitowoc, Neenah, Oshkosh, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac.

Oshkosh Celebration of Lights, Menominee Park, Oshkosh
Tuesday, November 25 – Wednesday, December 31, 2014
5 pm – 9 pm (Closed on Mondays, except for Monday, Dec. 22nd)
A 1 mile car drive through Menominee Park along the shores of Lake Winnebago. Hilights include a 100-foot tree, sculptured scenes and annimated light displays. Visit Santa and his reindeer. Enjoy story time, games and crafts on Friday nights with the elves. $8.00/vehicle ($1.00 off non-perishable food donation) FREE on the following Community Nights; November 25, December 2, December 9 and December 16.

Festival of Trees, Trout Museum of Art, Appleton
Friday, November 14 – Sunday, December 7, 2014
The Trout Museum of Art will be filled with beautifully decorated festive trees and wreaths. Festival of Trees will feature, among others, trees from The Wreath Factory, Avenue Art and Co, SRE Design and al Mosaic Christmas piece by artist Kim Schonfeld. Visit their website for special events including music and visits from Santa.


Celebrate with Tradition

The Spirit of Christmas Past, Heritage Hill, Green Bay
Saturday, December 13, 2014 and Saturday, December 20, 2014
12 pm – 6 pm
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas with music from local performers, historic dancing, holiday baking, crafts, Christmas stories by fire, horse drawn wagon rides, Santa and more. $1 off admission with canned food or a new book. Carriage rides will run from 1 to 4 pm for $1 each.

Holiday Fun Fest, Downtown, Appleton
Saturday, December 20, 2014
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
A brand new event featuring Thrivent Financial’s Avenue of Ice. Enjoy ice carving demonstrations, live reindeer, horse drawn wagon rides and more.

Menasha Parks Holiday Hayride
Friday, December 5, 2014
5 – 8:30 pm
The Menasha Parks and Recreation Department hosts this annual Hayride that travels through the homes on Doty Island. The ride lasts approximately 30 minutes. Riders enjoy festivities before or after which include complimentary hot beverages and cookies, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the reindeer, caroling and festive displays and caroling in the Menasha Historical Society. Tickets are available for $1 (2 and under are free) and are available through the Menasha Parks and Recreation (140 Main St., 2nd floor of the City Hall). As of Monday, November 24, tickets remain for the 8:10 and 8:40 ride.

Victorian Christmas at The Hearthstone, Appleton
Thursdays – Saturdays, starting Friday, November 28 until Sunday, December 21, 2014
Visit Appleton’s historical home for a beautifully decorated display for the holidays.

Nutcracker at the Castle, Paine, Oshkosh
Friday, November 21 – Monday, January 5, 2015
Enjoy beautiful displays and scenes from the Nutcracker fairy tale candelight tours, more than 70 decorated trees, live music, ballet and Sugar Plum Fairy cupcakes.

Fox Folk Marionette Troupe, Apple Creek YMCA
December 6, 2014
11 am and 1 pm
The puppet team will perform  “Baboushka & the Surprise Visitors,” a retelling of the classic Russian folktale. This half-hour family-friendly show will feature colorful, hand-crafted marionettes that tell a Christmas story. A donation of $1/person will be collected at the door. Refreshments will be served.


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