Holiday Events

Mon. Dec. 17 6-8pm

Santa & Story Time at The Local Store!

Come visit with Santa at our historic, charming space downtown at The Local Store! You can take your own photos or have Santa’s helpers take a family photo with your phone or camera. We'll take a photo break for story time with Santa at 7pm while he reads the story Santa’s Sleigh Is On Its Way to Wisconsin. Enjoy complimentary cookies & hot cocoa as well as holiday coloring pages for the kids. Parents! Receive a 20% off coupon when you bring the kids and do some holiday shopping.

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Crafting & Making

Mon. Dec. 17 6:30-8pm

Pour Paint Party

A evening of fun & learning as local artist shares her talent with individuals looking to showcase their creativity. Hands on, take home artwork designed by you.

Legacy Community Center 26 W. Grand Avenue, Chippewa Falls

Cost: $20

Age: All Ages

Education

Mon. Dec. 17 7-9pm

Experience the Sound of Soul

Hu: is a Sacred Sound, The Sound of Soul, an Ancient Mantra, the Carrier of Love between Soul and God. Discover your inner guidance, healing for body, mind, and spirit, and a higher form of creativity by chanting this sacred name. Spiritual discussion and light refreshments afterward.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library - Chippewa Room 400 Eau Claire St., Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Tue. Dec. 18 9:30-10:30am

St. Mark Power Hour: Happy Birthday Baby 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.

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

Cost: Free

Age: Ages 0-5 and their caregivers

Holiday Events

Tue. Dec. 18 7pm

Joy to the Word: An Evening of Songs, Stories, Humbug and Holiday Cheer

Tis the season for celebrating good tidings and cheer! Join local writers, storytellers and UKE Klub for an evening of fun, fellowship, songs and stories that celebrate all winter holidays. Ugly sweaters strongly encouraged. This event is free however everyone needs a ticket.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE, but ticket is requipred

Words

Tue. Dec. 18 7pm

Cold Cases of West - Central Wisconsin

Robert Dudley will discuss the 1974 stabbing death of Mary Schlais whose body was found in rural Eau Claire, the 1980 shooting of Eau Claire real estate agent Richard Scott, and the mysterious long-term disappearance of Joan Butterbach in 1971.

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Community

Wed. Dec. 19 11:45am-1pm

Women With Purpose December

After 29 years as a registered nurse, Melissa retired from Mayo Hospital to pursue her calling with ministry through Mary Kay, Inc. As a Mary Kay Pink Cadillac Director she now travels the country making women feel beautiful inside and out and sharing God’s word along the journey.

Eagle's Club 2588 Hallie Rd., Chippewa Falls

Cost: $10

Food & Drink

Wed. Dec. 19 6-8pm

Bent Paddle Brewing Tasting Event

The Growler Guys will be featuring 4 delicious brews from Bent Paddle Brewery including Ginger Snap Black, Double Shot Black, Harness IPA, and Old Fashioned ESB. Drawings every 30 minutes.

The Growler Guys 2832 London Road, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Holiday Events

Wed. Dec. 19 6:30-8:30pm

Yata, Sinz & Orfield Christmas Concert

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 a musically powerful performance.

Unity Christ Center 1808 Folsom St., Eau Claire

Cost: $10

Age: All Ages

Wellness

Wed. Dec. 19 6:30-7:30pm

Service of Solace (Blue Christmas)

For many people, the Christmas season is a time of happiness, expectation, and joy. For some, it is more difficult due to losses, loneliness, or difficult past memories. This service will be a quiet time of readings, music. and prayer and an opportunity to experience hope, comfort and peace.

Hope United Methodist Church 2233 Golf Road, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Education

Wed. Dec. 19 7-9pm

Ask a Scientist: Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear fusion has the potential to provide a clean and nearly limitless energy source for humanity. This talk will discuss some of the major materials-related challenges for fusion, and how the ITER project is seeking to address them.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Words

Wed. Dec. 19 7-8pm

Live Book Release with Emily Anderson and Diane Kaufmann

Diane's picture book, illustrated by Janelle Thompson, talks about children in Malawi, Africa. Emily's young-adult novel-in-verse Fifteen and Change, tells the story of Zeke, who has to choose between keeping his head down, or helping his mom and advocating for fair wages.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Wed. Dec. 19 7-10pm

Open Mic Night at Northwoods BrewPub

Open Mic Night at Northwoods BrewPub hosted by Rock Creek Song Dogs, all acts are welcome.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill 50819 West St., Osseo

Cost: FREE

Movies

Wed. Dec. 19 7:30-9:30pm

Pablo Center Film and Cocktail Series: "Die Hard"

The Pablo Center hosts your favorite flicks for a casual night out with bar drinks inspired by that night's movie. In this Christmastime classic, Bruce Willis is John McClane, an off-duty detective trapped in a skyscraper during a terrorist attack.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $7

Nightlife

Wed. Dec. 19 8-9:30pm

General Knowledge Trivia at The Plus

Tonight's theme: no theme! Geography? Current Events? Science? Fashion? Sports? How much do you know? Put a team together and come test your general smarts and skills. Prizes in store. No need to preregister, just put a team together and come play. Prizes for winning teams.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Leisure

Wed. Dec. 19 8pm

Love Actually Trivia Night

How much do you know about Love Actually? On this night of trivia, all of the questions will be about this classic romantic film. No need to preregister, just show up ready to play with a team. Prizes in store for the best teams.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Fitness

Thu. Dec. 20 6-7am

Barre Class

Barre classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet to tone, lengthen, and strengthen the body. No dance experience is necessary to attend. Elements of yoga are also incorporated to reinforce your daily practice.

Latitude 44 Yoga Studio 313 E Madison St, Eau Claire

Cost: $15

Age: 18+ or accompanied by an adult

Food & Drink

Thu. Dec. 20 6:30-9pm

5-Course Beer Dinner

Courses include beer cheese soup infused with New Glarus Spotted Cow; Grilled cheese curds with crostini's paired with Staghorn Octoberfest; Granita made with Loon Juice Hard Cider; Brown sugar citrus glazed salmon sided with capri stir fry vegetables and lentils; and Yogurt Parfait with granola and honey weiss cream sauce.

29 Pines Restaurant 5872 33rd Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: $35/person

Music

Thu. Dec. 20 7-9pm

Live Music: Steven Szydel

Steven Szydel's is celebrating his second CD release, this time joined by his wife. The CD has been dedicated to their son Seth who lost his battle with numerous medical conditions. Most of its proceeds benefit local charities

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Comedy

Thu. Dec. 20 8pm

Clear Water Comedy Presents: The Roast of 2018

Wildfires. Russian hackers. Celebrity deaths. Another year, another slog through misery. 2018 sucks, and Clear Water Comedy says goodbye to the year with jokes. Tickets available at the door, each ticket comes with a free tap beer, rail drink, or soft drink.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: $3

Age: All Ages (18+ recommended)

Food & Drink

Fri. Dec. 21 2-11pm

Vulgar Brother Release Party

Drink like a monk with Modicum Brewing's new abbey ale, Vulgar Brother. Vows of celibacy and/or poverty not required. Vulgar Brother is a rotundly complex ale with a rich malt backbone. Be amongst the first to try it at the release.

Modicum Brewing Company 3732 Spooner Ave Suite A, Altoona

Cost: Free

Age: 21+

Wellness

Fri. Dec. 21 6:30-7:30pm

“Winter Solstice Multigenerational Service”

This is a season to find peace and the cycle of the seasons has a magic and wisdom. Together, hail the returning of the light with winter carols and a candlelit circle of warmth. Bring a plate of cookies to share downstairs after service.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation 421 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire

Holiday Events

Fri. Dec. 21 7pm

Jingle Jams: Mid Air

Mid Air is the alternative folk music of Luke and Chelsea who currently reside in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Their debut album, Never Far, which is streaming in over one hundred nations and garnering American college radio airplay, is now available on CD.

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Dec. 21 7-10pm

Live Music: Dan Zerr and Friends

Dan Zerr, a member of Eggplant Heroes, will be offering up a variety of pop, folk, and Americana tunes, with a little help from his friends, including some of those Eggplant Heroes as well as many other talented local musicians. He'll also be playing songs from his solo CD "Guacamole, Macaroni and Cheese".

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Fri. Dec. 21 7:30pm

St. Paul Ballet's - Nutcracker - Clara's Dream

Based on the original story by ETA Hoffman, SPB has reimagined the story, but with Clara as the star. It's a magical journey of Clara's evolution from adolescence to adulthood.

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts 205 Main St. E, Menomonie

Cost: $25-30

Music

Fri. Dec. 21 7:30-10pm

Live Music with Sage Leary

Come celebrate the holiday weekend at Lazy Monk Brewing with the musical stylings of Sage Leary. Kick back and relax with a Good King Wenceslas or a Jarmila while enjoying original tunes in genres of rock, blues, and Americana, mixing in elements of country, Latin, and reggae.

Lazy Monk Brewing, LLC 97 West Madison Street, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Music

Fri. Dec. 21 8pm

BoDeans Live at the Metro

Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and continue to deliver amazing, high-energy performances. Chart topping songs have won them Rolling Stone‘s readers poll for Best New American Band in 1987.

The Metro 201 E Lake St, Eau Claire

Cost: $25-30

Music

Fri. Dec. 21 8:30pm

Live Music: The Thundermen

The Thundermen return to Sammys for a great Christmas Weekend. Stop in and dance or just listen to the music.

Sammy's Pizza 2812 London Rd, Eau Claire

Cost: $2

Age: 21+

Holiday Events

Fri. Dec. 21 8:30pm

The Bookhouse Boys' Christmas Extravaganza

The Bookhouse Boys (Jeremy Boettcher, Tim Sullivan, Sean Carey, and special guests) return to The Lakely to perform festive holiday favorites for all to enjoy. Holiday-themed cocktails, ugly sweaters, special guests, and more.

The Lakely 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Dec. 21 9pm

Live Music: The Commotion

The Commotion promotes a high energy, fun atmosphere that will make you want to jump out of your seats and let loose! We play a variety of music starting back in the 60's, rocking and rolling all the way to today's hits including rock, country, pop, and blues music.

O'Leary's Pub 809 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Open Houses & Shopping

Sat. Dec. 22 10am-2pm

Hive + Hollow Floral Pop-Up Shop

Need a centerpiece for your big gathering? Or a wreath to dress up the door as holiday visitors begin to arrive? Menomonie-based Hive + Hollow will offer a variety of fresh arrangements from table centerpieces to unique, nature-inspired gifts.

Red's Mercantile 224 N Dewey St., Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

Holiday Events

Sat. Dec. 22 10am-noon

Ugly Sweater Fun Run

ITC annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run: Run-Walk a 5k with you holiday attire and enjoy some treats and warm drinks. Drawings for prizes along with donations being accepted benefiting Bolton Refuge House. Starting and ending at Lazy Monk Brewery.

Lazy Monk Brewery 97 W Madison St, Eau Claire,

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Sat. Dec. 22 11am-3pm

Pictures with Santa at The Plus

Come meet Santa, live at The Plus. Take photos, and there will be coloring, crafts, and hot chocolate.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Sat. Dec. 22 7-10pm

Live Music: The Hunter Delikowski Quartet

Provides a tasteful, refreshing, and yet experimental blend of historical jazz genres with contemporary influences. What started as a collective to study, perform, and enjoy personal favorite jazz influences quickly evolved into a diverse quartet that draws colors from all varieties and eras of jazz, funk, rock, and more.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Sat. Dec. 22 7-9:30pm

A Night with Hemma and Humbird

Gather on the eve of the full moon in Cancer for some magical sounds from singer-songwriters Hemma (MPLS) and Humbird (MPLS), peruse the shop at Odd Humyns, and enjoy a warm evening in. Light refreshments and nice vibes provided.

The Salon at Odd Humyns 209 North Barstow Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $8 presale, $10 at the door

Age: All Ages

Music

Sat. Dec. 22 8pm

Live Music: 40 Fingers

The area's favorite dance band is back with your songs from the 60's on up to today. Enjoy a pizza and your preferred beverage, then hit the dance floor and shake your groove thang.

VFW Post 7232 2900 W Folsom St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Music

Sat. Dec. 22 8:30pm

Late Night Jazz: Heartland Trio

Founded by bassist Hannah Marks in 2017, Heartland Trio consists of Hannah Marks on double bass, Barclay Moffitt on tenor saxophone, and Rocky Martin on drums. The band draws from Marks’ musical upbringing in folk and spirituals, while grounded in the group’s improvisational and groove background of jazz and rock.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Sat. Dec. 22 8:30pm

Live Music: The Thundermen

The Thundermen return to Sammys playing your favorite dance tunes.

Sammy's Pizza 2812 London Rd, Eau Claire

Cost: $2

Age: 21+

Sat. Dec. 22 9pm

Live Music: The Holy Rifles, Minnesota Nice & Hoff

Reuniting for a special downtown performance - Jonathan Seeley and Will Wall’s trio, The Holy Rifles, play a rare show at an intimate venue with support from the instrumental hip hop of Minnesota Nice and Hoff.

The Mousetrap 311 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Food & Drink

Mon. Dec. 24 noon-6pm

Modicum Brewing's Santa Watch 2018

Once again, Modicum Brewing will be on the lookout for Santa. They'll be passing the time until his arrival with a menu of 12 beers, door prizes, snacks and general holiday jollity.

Modicum Brewing Company 3732 Spooner Ave Suite A, Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Kids

Thu. Dec. 27

Brad Peterson 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

YMCA will host the Brad Peterson Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. All teams are guaranteed three games. Boys: Thursday, December 27. Girls: Friday, December 28.

Eau Claire YMCA 700 Graham Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: $60 per team

Fitness

Thu. Dec. 27 6-7am

Hatha + Kundalini

The technology of Kundalini is designed to move energy and elevate your awareness. Classes include long holds, active breathing, core work, and guided meditations. This class is open to beginners and those with experience. Every class is open to your interpretation and modifications are welcome.

Latitude 44 Yoga Studio 313 E Madison Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $15

Age: 16+

Music

Thu. Dec. 27 7-10pm

Live Music: Christy Anna

Christy Anna is a country and folk singer songwriter, who grew up on a dairy farm in Marshfield, WI where she gained a rich history full of stories that help her to write songs from the heart.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Comedy

Thu. Dec. 27 8pm

Clear Water Comedy Presents: Jake Silberman

A Portland based stand up who might best be described as a hopeful misanthrope. Ranging from a day on the bus to race relations, Jake's material, as well as his penchant for crowd work and off the top observations, are making him a sharp name in Portland’s thriving comedy scene.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: $5 GA | $3 with student ID

Age: All Ages (18+ recommended)

Music

Thu. Dec. 27 8:30-11pm

Vinyl Nights: Amy Hahn + Big Tall Jake

Enjoy craft cocktails, regional beers and wines, and order from the popular late-night menu while featured local musicians, collectors, and tastemakers play classic and new vinyl record live on stage.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Dec. 28 7-9pm

Live Music: Girl Band

Jen Hazen of Davy J and Friends, Jenny and the Jets, Milk and Whiskey and Weapons of Brass Destruction teams up with three amazing women in a new collaboration: Sultry Kai Ulrica of Wolves at the Door and RavenWolf, Flutist Julie Majkowski of The Chippewa Valley Flute Ensemble, Guitarist and bass player Kori Riesenweber of Beacon James.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Dec. 28 8-11pm

Live Music: Jeff White

Americana/Alt-country & Outlaw Folk from the hills of western Wisconsin. Blending warm tones, reverbs, delays & vibrato, Jeff White sings of love, loss & lust with an Americana vibe. Dramatic ballads, haunting love songs and bittersweet remembrance are staple themes.

Cowboy Jack's 1432 Front Porch Place, Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Ongoing Events For 12/16/2018

karaoke/DJ, galleries, classes, etc

Adult Open Hockey

Every Wednesday until Mar. 27 2019, 8:45-10:15pm; Every Sunday until Mar. 31 2019, 8:45-10:15pm;

Adult Open Broomball

Every Sunday until Mar. 31 2019, 8:45-10:15pm; Every Wednesday until Apr. 24 2019, 8:45-10:15pm;

Zumba with Z.Vida Fitness

Every Tuesday, Thursday until May. 27 2019, 5:30-6:30pm; Every Sunday until May. 26 2019, 4:30-5:30pm;

Events with Tickets