Attractions Holidays

Chippewa Falls Knows Christmas

this community takes its holiday fun seriously

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW BY DRIVING THROUGH THE PARK. The annual Christmas Village at Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park.
DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW BY DRIVING THROUGH THE PARK. The annual Christmas Village at Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park.

Irvine Park Christmas Village

A nearly four-decade-long tradition, the illuminated Christmas village in Irvine Park is the main attraction for holiday joy in Chippewa Falls. It features over 60,000 lights arranged by volunteers in historical, Victorian-era, and holiday-themed displays. It opens to the public on Thanksgiving night, and is open to the public through New Years Day. Be sure to get there after dusk for the best experience while you walk or take a driving tour. 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

If you’re reading this in summer, then you’ve got time to plan ahead for Chippewa Falls Downtown horse-drawn wagon rides. This holiday tradition through the beautiful Irvine Park Christmas Village and downtown Chippewa Falls sells out almost immediately when tickets go on sale. Expect tickets to be $7 per person and to go on sale in early November, sold in-person at the Family Fare Supermarket. Make this the year that you don’t miss out on this Chippewa Falls tradition. 

Bridge to Wonderland

Generally held the first Saturday in December (for 2022, that means Dec. 3), the Bridge to Wonderland parade features more than 50 illuminated, musical floats, walking groups, and animal entries lighting up the winter skies. Head to Riverfront Park after the parade for an after party featuring music, food, refreshments, and family fun.

Santa's Arrival & Santa House

No holiday celebration is complete without a visit to the big man himself. Mr. & Mrs. Claus arrive on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend at the BMO Harris parking lot (411 N. Bridge St.). On Saturdays until Christmas, you can visit them in the fully holiday-decorated Rutledge House (404 N. Bridge St.).

Keep Your Eye Out ...

A number of other Chippewa Falls businesses often host holiday-themed events. The Heyde Center hosts a Holiday Tea and Christmas plays, the Leinie Lodge holds holiday shopping markets, and Lilydale Dance Hall has hosted holiday swing dances. 

Best of Chippewa Falls is brought to you by:

Leinie Lodge
Northwestern Bank
Mason Companies, Inc
Go Chippewa Falls

Best of Chippewa Falls is brought to you by:

Leinie Lodge
Northwestern Bank
Mason Companies, Inc
Go Chippewa Falls