It's back! Who's ready this year's totally free, totally local yuletide concert series? Everyone? Good. Because every Friday and Saturday this Holiday season (November 29 – December 21 at 7pm sharp) we'll host some fine local bands for your listening pleasure – right in The Volume One Gallery (205 N. Dewey Street). We’ve got a little something booked for everyone, from AcoustiHOO to Hannah Connolly to The Rattlenecks to Billy Krause and more. We've even got Sean Carey lined up for Dec. 14. So tell all your awesome friends about it. You can check out the full lineup to your right!

Chippewa Valley Holiday Calendar

Wondering what's going on in the Chippewa Valley this holiday season? Check out Volume One's complete calendar of local holiday events from concerts to craft fairs, from parades to bake sales. Have fun!

Won't you enjoy some local holiday song covers?

Once again, Volume One is proud to host Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Eau Claire! – an exclusive collection of holiday favorites produced by a group of Xmas-lovin' local musicians. These yuletide-riffic tunes – unavailable anywhere else – are sure to melt the icy hearts of even to the Scroogiest Chippewa Vallian. The tunes where hand-selected by Andy Plank, who's been asking locals to create holly jolly cover tunes since 2009-ish.

You can listen to and/or download them all at

VOTE: Local Store Holiday Coloring Contest

Each Saturday morning at 10am 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!

Feed My People Banks on Generosity

Feed My People Food Bank’s mission is right in its name: Feeding the hungry across the region. With the help of its Eau Claire warehouse and a small fleet of refrigerated trucks, the nonprofit group distributes 6 million pounds of food to more ...

What Kids Think: Greatest Hits

Over the years we’ve asked Chippewa Valley third-graders to ponder some of the season’s greatest questions, including “What does Santa do all day?” and “What would you put on the table for the holidays?” Here are some of the best replies.

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.

Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra – "Sleigh Ride"

Freddy Sklenar is a jazz musician, artist and designer. He competed to raise money in support of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Eau Claire Humane Association. As a result of his efforts, he won the competition and was awarded ...

Sounds of the Season

it’s beginning to sound a lot like lo-fi Christmas

Here’s a startling confession for you. I’m not really into stereo systems. I’m not an audiophile. I don’t geek out over sound reproduction equipment – not for music, not for TV or movies, not for NPR live streams featuring that foxy Jean Feraca ...

Christmas Village in Irvine Park

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Village in Irvine Park (Chippewa Falls). In honor of the 25th anniversary the park plays Christmas music and has introduced a Community Tree. The village has 195 displays and 60,000 lights.

Advent At The Ager House

On Sunday, December 9 a Nordic Christmas Celebration took place at the Ager House. All activities were free and included craft activities for children: Lucia crowns, hats, garlands, Dala Horses and cookies as well as traditional Christmas food. Mus

Volume One's Jolly Yuletide Gallery of Holiday Décor

As December of 2012 was our first holiday season in our new building (aka The Volume One World Headquarters) we went all out on decorating both inside and out. We wish you the hap-hap-happiest of holidays, Chippewa Valley!

Serving Up Cheer

The Community Table in Eau Claire will again be providing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year for members of the community in need. The dinners will take place at The Community Table, 320 Putnam Street in Eau Claire. Here’s a quick chat ..

Make yourself a merry little treat

2 holiday treats to add to your cookie-making repertoire

Two holiday treats to add to your cookie-making repertoire.

Rejection Letters from Santa

colorful correspondence between area folks and Mr. Claus

Dude! Amateur Love reunion show – on the top level of the parking garage! This is all I ask of you. Please make it happen, Mister Santa Claus Sir!

A Buy Local Gift Guide (2012)

Here’s an idea: why not pepper this year’s “gifts to buy” list with a number of fine items crafted right here in the good ol’ Chippewa Valley? It’s fun, thoughtful, and it helps contribute to the place you call home. And with the following guide, it’

What Presents Tell Us

a look at the varied rituals that lead to opening boxes for Christmas

My dad is from Green Bay. My mom is in from Escanaba. They grew up in similar households with similar ideals, but there was one wedge between them: When do you open presents on Christmas?

A Christmas Story Story

please don’t shoot your eye out with this holiday classic

We’re about halfway through November, so have you watched A Christmas Story yet? No? Did you hear that we’re about halfway through November? You better get on that. Make some popcorn. Call some friends. Make a ho-ho-holiday night of it. I'll pass.

Irvine Park Holiday Lights, Chippewa Falls (2011)

Local filmmaker Scott Welsch took his camera out to Irvine Park over in Chippewa Falls to capture their big ol' annual holiday light display. The display runs every Christmas season right up through January 1. And he even set his footage to ...

Eau Claire, Lit Up for the Holidays

2011 – If the idea of a "Brown Christmas" has got you down, watching this could help. Local filmmaker Scott Welsch offered to make Volume One a video, so we asked him to get some footage of local holiday lights and use one of the local Christmas ...