Open Houses & Shopping

Every Day from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 10am-7pm;

Friends of the Library Holiday Mini-Sale

The sale will offer gently used books and other media for holiday gift-giving at low, consumer-friendly prices. Specially selected, like-new books will be available at exceptional discounts.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library – Eau Claire Room 400 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Tue. Dec. 12 11:30am-noon

Super Small Science: Squishy Circuits

Introduce your preschool scientist to exciting hands-on and age-appropriate experiments. This week's activity is squishy circuits.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: Preschool

Education

Tue. Dec. 12 2-4pm

Tech Tuesdays

Stop by to get free personal training on your e-reader, iPad, laptop, or tablet.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Tue. Dec. 12 6-9pm

Twelve Days Before Christmas A Concert of Traditional Christmas Carols and Hymns

A program of Christmas music featuring the hymns and Old English Christmas carols. Local singers share the joy and excitement of Christmas in this special concert. MJ Consort will provide music before the performance and during intermission. Five Star Catering will provide a buffet. Show only also available.

The Heyde Center for the Arts 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: Buffet Supper show: $25 per person (assigned seating) Show only (balcony seats): $15 per person

Age: All Ages

Education

Tue. Dec. 12 6:30pm

A Wisconsin Farmboy in Galapagos

Steve Betchkal, President of the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society, will speak about his time on the Galápagos Islands for Lindblad-National Geographic. The islands are one of the most unique, enticing, and storied places on planet Earth.

Chippewa Falls Public Library 105 W Central St., Chippewa Falls

Stage

Tue. Dec. 12 7:30pm

UWEC Theatre: "The Nerd"

One of the funniest plays ever written, this side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, then produced in Great Britain, then went on to Broadway.

Riverside Theatre - Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire 121 Water Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $18

Holiday Events

Wed. Dec. 13 6:30-9:30pm

Holiday Trivia and Ugly Sweater Night

Grab three of your friends, wear your ugliest festive attire and bring your holiday knowledge down for a night of holiday questions, prizes, giveaways and lots of laughs.

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

Words

Wed. Dec. 13 7pm

Let's be Honest: Holiday Heroics

Let's be Honest is Volume One's popular storytelling series, where some of the area's best writers and yarn spinners, take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. Each night multiple storytellers muse on a common theme and an open mic follows. Tonight's theme, Holiday Heroics, features stories of yuletide successes and holly jolly failures. Speakers are TBA.

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

Kids

Thu. Dec. 14 10-10:30am

Mini Makers: Snow Dough

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking! Build and create using real tools of the trade. This week's project is making snow dough.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

Causes

Thu. Dec. 14 2-3:30pm

3rd Annual Holiday Tea: A Quintessential English Afternoon Tea

A quintessentially English tradition. Along with the traditional tea service, enjoy delicious finger sandwiches accompanied by freshly baked and desserts fundraiser for the Heyde Center. The auditorium will be decorated for the holidays and complimented by music.

The Heyde Center for the Arts 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: $20/person

Age: All Ages

Education

Thu. Dec. 14 4-7pm

Punch Needle Embroidery Class

In this class you learn to embroider with a punch needle tool using embroidery floss and small wood hoop. Choose from a variety of images or draw your own. All materials will be provided to make your project.

Blue Boxer Arts 416 S Barstow Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $35

Age: 16+

Kids

Thu. Dec. 14 4-8pm

14th Annual WinterDaze Parade

Meet Santa and Mrs. Clause, see real reindeer, ride a horse drawn wagon, enjoy a parade through the historic downtown, and experience a winter fireworks show over Lake Menomin. Parade begins at 6:30pm. Travels from the corner of Main Street and 4th to the corner of Broadway and 10th. Followed by the fireworks show.

Downtown Menomonie Main Street, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Thu. Dec. 14 4-6pm

Family Maker Night: Holiday Gifts

Dip into your creative side with a Family Maker Night devoted to making holiday gifts. They'll provide all of the tools and supplies. You bring your imagination.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

Thu. Dec. 14 4:30-6:30pm

Children's Author Jeanne Styczinski

Beloved local teacher Jeanne Styczinski will be at the bookstore for WinterDaze with her 3 kids books.

Bookends on Main 214 E. Main St., Menomonie

Age: All Ages

Causes

Thu. Dec. 14 5-10pm

Cheers for Cures - MDA Fundraiser

The event will feature plenty of food and drinks, live music by Brian Bethke, and tons of great raffle and silent auction prizes. Be sure to bring your ugly holiday sweater. Come have a great time while doing some good and raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill 50819 West St., Osseo

Cost: $25

Age: All Ages

Music

Thu. Dec. 14 5:30-8:30pm

Dinner Jazz: Knox Freeman

Knox Freeman is a malleable duo comprised of Dave Power on drums and Pat Keen on bass. Knox takes on various forms, performing as a trio with a special guest from time to time. The possibilities are endless.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Words

Thu. Dec. 14 6pm

CVTG Craft Talk: “This We Believe: On the Transformative Power of Word"

Panelists will explore how words can heal, help, and inspire in tumultuous times. Panelists will also explore how we might all find the right words to address the most pressing moral issues of our day, as well as how to “preach the gospel” of tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity without moralizing the message.

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

Cost: FREE

Fitness

Thu. Dec. 14 6:30-8pm

Favorite Things Holiday Party at The Yoga Room

A holiday gift exchange and a fun yoga class set to Christmas music full of your hand-picked favorite poses under the red-green signature yoga room lights. Wine will be provided. Bring 2 yoga-inspired gifts to exchange: ($10-15 price range & wrapped) and everyone will leave with two gifts.

The Yoga Room 2839 Mall Dr., Eau Claire

Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members

Age: 21+

Music

Thu. Dec. 14 7pm

Live at Acoustic Cafe: The Sixes

Dwayne Thomas & Gordon Altizer bring a very intimate, engaging and fun atmosphere to their shows which are sure to entertain. While no specific genre defines them, the music has a soft rock feel with hints of blues, alternative, southern, folk, and pop from song to song.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Thu. Dec. 14 7:30-9:30pm

Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars

Pat Donohue and the Prairie All Stars Holiday Review - a night of tunes to get you in the holiday spirit. Pat and his band, will take you back to their days on NPR's Prairie Home Companion.

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

Cost: $18-25

Holiday Events

Thu. Dec. 14 7:30pm

CVTG Presents: A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the holiday spirit and reflect on the true meaning of the season with the Dickens classic. Experience the magic of the beloved classic on stage at the State Theatre.

The State Theatre 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: $10-22; Order tickets online, by phone, or at the door

Food & Drink

Thu. Dec. 14 8-9:30pm

Wandering Spirits Cocktail Series: AQUAVITology

For this month’s installment of Wandering Spirits, The Lakely’s Manager Jorja Vradenburg and Head Bartender Logan Slaght will be leading a sampling and presentation of aquavit, with a strong focus on the styles offered by some of the best distilleries in the region and how to include it in your cocktail repertoire.

The Lakely 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $20/person

Age: 21+

Comedy

Thu. Dec. 14 8:30pm

Clear Water Comedy Presents: Chad Daniels

Chad Daniels was born and raised in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He has performed on The Late Late Show, Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Conan, and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He has published two comedy albums with Stand Up! Records and one self-produced album. In 2009, he was named artist of the year by City Pages.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: $7 GA, $5 student; one free rail/domestic tap/soda

Age: All Ages (18+ Recommended)

Music

Thu. Dec. 14 9pm

Vinyl Nights: Big Tall Jake

Vinyl Nights are all about vibe, and on Thursdays it's Late Night Happy Hour from 9pm-11pm with half price taps. Sit back and enjoy a drink or a koldtbord from the late-night menu while featured local musicians, collectors, and tastemakers play classic and new vinyl records live on stage.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Education

Fri. Dec. 15 8-10am

Generations in the Workplace

In this interactive workshop learn how to best lead and develop Millennials and the Gen Z population, identify generational similarities and differences, and understand how to attract and retain workers

CVTC Gateway Campus 2320 Alpine Road, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Adults

Holiday Events

Fri. Dec. 15 10-11am

Storybook Hiking Trail

A fun, winter activity followed by a guided tour on the Storybook Hiking Trail. Explore songs, interactive stories, and movement activities that encourage your children to think about the ever-changing world around them and their role in it. Dress for the weather as the majority of the program will be held outdoors.

Beaver Creek Reserve S1 County Road K, Fall Creek

Cost: $3-5

Age: Ages 4-8

Visual Art

Fri. Dec. 15 6-9pm

UW Stout School of Art and Design Senior Showcase

Capstone projects by approximately 100 graduating seniors will be on display, providing a chance to talk with the artists and designers. See projects in various art and design disciplines, such as graphic, game, interactive, interior, industrial and entertainment, along with studio art, such as sculpture, metals, drawing, and printmaking.

UW Stout Applied Arts 415 13th Ave E, Menomonie

Age: All Ages

Fitness

Fri. Dec. 15 6-7:30pm

Moonrise Aerials Grand Opening/Student Showcase

Watch our students show off their skills, check out our space, and meet our instructors. They'll provide the snacks and holiday cheer.

Moonrise Aerials Studio 800 Wisconsin Street; Banbury Place Building 13, Room 112, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Music

Fri. Dec. 15 6:30-9pm

Duelly Noted - Dueling Pianos Holiday Dinner Show

Duelly Noted is a one-of-a-kind act with both sass and class. Cassondra and Jacy, will draw the audience in with their dueling pianos-style performances while playing a wide variety of genres that will be sure to have everyone’s toes tapping. They play all your favorite hits from the 60s to today. Hear Meagon Trainer’s All About That Bass, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and more.

The Heyde Center for the Arts 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: Dinner and show tickets are $33 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $26 youth.   There will be show only seats in the balcony available at a cost of $15 adults, $14 seniors, and $8 youth.  

Age: All Ages

Holiday Events

Fri. Dec. 15 7pm

Jingle Jams: LASKA

Songwriting sisters Hannah, Bex, and Mookie (LASKA) weave influences of alternative, Americana, and desert rock with raw emotions in their songs. Join them in the Volume One gallery as part of our annual Jingle Jams series.

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

Wellness

Fri. Dec. 15 7-9pm

Feel Good Fridays: Restore Your Energy

Restore with tea & cookies, socialize with like-minded people, and hang out in the relaxing waiting area with a fountain, away from the tasks of the holidays! Join in a 60 minute deep relaxation class with Duree Thatcher + go home with a relaxing, lavender and flax eye pillow.

The Tuning Tree 515 S. Barstow, Suite 117, Eau Claire

Cost: $30 Workshop / FREE Open House

Music

Fri. Dec. 15 7pm

Live at Acoustic Cafe: North of Dixie Bluegrass Band

A 5 piece band that plays an eclectic mix of original songs, bluegrass, old time jazz/swing and anything else that "feels good". Shelly Miller lays down the banjo and acoustic guitar sounds. John Lynch adds the rhythm guitar. John and Shelly write or co-write most of the original songs.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Dec. 15 7-11pm

Live Music: Two Way Street

Dave and Mick return to the Moose playing a variety of your favorite dance tunes.

Eau Claire Moose Lodge 3606 Curvue Rd, Eau Claire

Cost: $5

Age: 21+

Holiday Events

Fri. Dec. 15 7-8:30pm

Christmas Tree of Remembrance Service

Honor your loved one this holiday season. Bring a framed photo of your loved one that has passed to display on the memorial table. Will have a short service with candle lighting followed by cookies and refreshments.

Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel 535 S. Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages, Kid Friendly

Dance

Fri. Dec. 15 7:30-9:30pm

St Paul Ballet - Clara's Dream: The Nutcracker

A holiday favorite returns. The Saint Paul Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. The show sells out every year. Get your tickets now.

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

Cost: $25-30

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Dec. 15 8:30-11:30pm

Live Music at Cowboy Jack's: Red Tide Duo

Inspired from the sweet lullabies of the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides, this acoustic/singer-songwriter duo offers contemporary, soulful listening. Red Tide is composed of two best friends, Kelsey Nocek and Cate Lucas. Beginning as friends from college at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, Red Tide now calls Eau Claire, WI home.

Cowboy Jack's 1432 Front Porch Place, Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Music

Fri. Dec. 15 9:30pm-1:30am

Live Music: Bumblefist

Bumblefist's motto is to “rock at random”, going from Bon Jovi to Seether to P!nk to Jackyl then round it out with selections from Heart, Buckcherry, Collective Soul, Journey, Ozzy, Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Lita Ford, Kid Rock, No Doubt, The Offspring, Megadeath, and many more.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Holiday Events

Sat. Dec. 16 8-11am

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast with orange juice, coffee, and applesauce. Make sure to bring your camera to take a photo of your children with Santa Claus. Hosted by the Hallie Optimist Club.

Village of Lake Hallie Town Hall 13033 30th Ave., Chippewa Falls

Cost: Kids 12 and under free. Adults $6

Age: All Ages

Holiday Events

Sat. Dec. 16 8:15am

Ugly Sweater Run 5k

Fun run while wearing your favorite "Ugly Sweater". There will have warm beverages and sweet treats to follow. A prize will be awarded for the "ugliest" or as some might say the "most festive" holiday attire. Collecting donations for the Community Table.

Owen Park 1st Ave. and Water St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Causes

Sat. Dec. 16 9am-4pm

MHS Concert Chorus Fundraiser Craft/Bake Sale and Silent Auction

MHS Concert Chorus Fundraiser for New York City trip to sing on the Carnegie Hall Stage. Craft/Bake Sale and Silent Auction. Vendors include woodwork, canvas, reclaimed art, pampered chef, handmade jewelry and more. All proceeds go directly to students for their trip costs. Christmas Carols sung by the MHS concert chorus.

Menomonie Veterans Center E4710 County Rd. BB, Menomonie

Cost: Adults $2 (includes one free raffle ticket) Kids 16 and under free

Age: All Ages

Open Houses & Shopping

Sat. Dec. 16 9am-3pm

Dotters Books / Avalon Floral Pop Up

Independent booksellers Dotters Books will have a selection of new and used books for adults and children available for purchase at Avalon Floral. Enjoy 50% off decor and gifts from Avalon Floral, and find great reads for the book lovers in your life.

Avalon Floral 506 Water St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Education

Sat. Dec. 16 10am-3pm

Olvi Glass Pop-Up Shop

You might have spied Nora Phillip’s stained glass pieces at our shop earlier this year and we’re excited to welcome her back for this one day pop.up event. Many of her pieces incorporate glass from historic Banbury place.

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

Age: All Ages

Kids

Sat. Dec. 16 10am-5pm

Winter Whimsy Crafts

Stop by the library anytime over the weekend to make fun, winter-inspired crafts.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room 400 Eau Claire St., Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Sat. Dec. 16 10am

Saturday Morning Kids Series with Jeanne Styczinski

Each Saturday morning we will have a special guest on hand to read a story or two in the V1 Gallery. Afterwards kids can pick from a handful of local coloring pages to color here or at home and enter to win a $50 Local Store Gift Card. After kids turn in their drawings, they will be up on Volumeone.org/store for public voting.

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

Movies

Sat. Dec. 16 10am-noon

Free Family Christmas Movie (Elf)

FREE showing of Elf at the Menomonie movie theater brought to you by Cathy Jenson and Nic Nehring Thrivent Financial. To get in free, guests bring a new hygiene item (soap, shampoo etc) to donate to Bridge to Hope. First 100 people get free popcorn!

CEC Menomonie 7 Theater 2521 WI-25, Menomonie

Cost: FREE (read description)

Age: All Ages

Kids

Sat. Dec. 16 10-11:30am

Date with Dad "Karate"

A special time for dads and preschool-age kids to enjoy together. At Date with Dad we welcome any significant male role model such as: step-dads, grandpas, uncles, etc. You will learn basic self defense skills and have fun while getting fit. Snack will be provided.

Prairie Ridge Early Learning School 3031 Epiphany Ln., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Preschool-aged kids

Kids

Sat. Dec. 16 10:30-11am

Holiday Storytime

A fun and festive storytime full of music, games and tales of the season.

Chippewa Falls Public Library 105 W Central St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

Fitness

Sat. Dec. 16 12:30-3pm

Holiday De-stress YIN Workshop

Two full Yin sequences + Yoga Nidra. Tune into your inner world before spending time with your family over the holidays. Drop into your body and enjoy this delicious, meditative, and healing practice.

The Yoga Room 2839 Mall Dr., Eau Claire

Cost: $20 for member; $25 for non-member

Age: 18+