5 Can’t Miss Holiday Shows in the Valley

these performers are ready to wow you and the family this season

What could bring you more into the holiday spirit than enjoying gorgeous holiday performances and seasonal music filling the air? There’s a show for everyone around the Chippewa Valley this time of year, and we’ve compiled five shows happening ...

Small Businesses Ready to Seize the Season

Chippewa Valley business observers are optimistic about holiday prospects

The holiday shopping season can generate a lot of stress — and not just for shoppers themselves. For many small businesses, particularly retailers, the weeks leading up to Christmas are a make-or-break time that determine whether the entire year has been ...

Christmas Cookies With a Chippewa Valley Twist

after two attempts, our video producer shares his wisdom about decorating cookies ... and navigating life

If you had told me at the beginning of this year that I’d still be in Eau Claire today, writing a piece about “Perfecting the Art of Holiday Cookie Decorating,” I probably would have laughed in your face. I joined Volume One in April as an interim video producer and ...

Irvine Park’s Christmas Village Adding Victorian Twist

yuletide cheer and costumes will bring historic charm to annual light display

The wonderful people over at Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park work to create a spectacular experience each year with their Christmas Village, and this year they’re adding a historical-themed twist. Since 1987, Irvine Park has put on a spectacular light show for ...

LIGHT IT UP! Parade of Lights Gears Up For Third Year

deadline to enter your home or business is Nov. 16, and judging will follow

It’s that time of year when the Chippewa Valley's own Clark Griswolds can channel their light-hanging skills and holiday spirits to create award-winning and public-pleasing holiday light displays ...

HERE COMES SANTA PAWS: Ornament Fundraising Event to Boost Shelter Necessities

ECCHA hopes to raise money while spreading homemade paw-sitivity

Santa Paws is coming to town!  You read that right. The Eau Claire County Humane Association welcomes another year to its Santa Paws fundraising event, which helps animals in need while giving Christmas (or other holiday) trees all around town an extra ...

Are You (B)ready to Bake?

Chippewa Valley Museum’s annual gingerbread contest seeks sesquicentennial entries

This year’s gingerbread house-making contest is influenced by the museum’s latest exhibit, “Then & Now: 150 Years of Change in Eau Claire,” which celebrates the conclusion of Eau Claire’s sesquicentennial year. People who participate are encouraged to create ...

A BALSAM TIME: Curvue Tree Farm Hosts Workshops During Holiday Season

get together and decorate some magical wreaths and porch pot plants this season

Want a holiday door decoration that is special to you? Curvue Hideaway + Tree Farm in Eau Claire is hosting several wreath and porch plant workshops this holiday season to help you to feel festive. The Porch Pot Workshops will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 and 18 at 6 pm, and on the weekends of ...

In Defense of Fruitcake

The Christmas loaf people love to hate is better than you think. In fact, it’s a metaphor for the holiday.

This time of year, the world is divided into two kinds of people: Those who love fruitcake, and those who haven’t tried it. I realize this is a bold statement, especially considering that fruitcake has a mixed reputation – and by “mixed reputation” I mean ...