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Herald's event calendar of holiday cheer

Avrey Anderson, 5, of Bay City, was one of the first children to see Santa Claus at the Maiden Rock Methodist Church Saturday, Dec. 5 last year during the Maiden Rock Old Fashioned Christmas celebration. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)
Looking for holiday events to attend? Where will Santa Claus appear? When are all the holiday concerts? Check out the Herald's comprehensive event guide here. Events kicks off Friday, Nov. 25 to begin the Christmas season.
Friday, 11/25

Elmwood Lighting Ceremony

Crain-Ottman American Legion Post 207 in Elmwood will host its annual holiday lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 in Veterans Park, downtown Elmwood. Sample Christmas cookies and hot chocolate and sing Christmas songs as the park is lit.

Spring Pond Park Lighting

Plum City will host the Spring Pond Park Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 with music, sleigh rides, cookies, hot chocolate and Santa.

River Dazzle

Kick off the holiday season as you step back in time at the annual River Dazzle, held the Friday after Thanksgiving in River Falls. Experience a quintessential holiday celebration with classic free horse-drawn wagon rides, strolling carolers, live reindeer and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Step inside local businesses to partake in the Chili Crawl then delight in the evening parade where floats and vehicles twinkle brightly with lights of the season.

Friday, 11/25-Sunday, 11/27

Yuletide Village Fest

Yuletide Villagefest is a celebration during Thanksgiving weekend featuring a Village Market in Central Park and seasonal events throughout Red Wing’s historic downtown. It is reminiscent of European holiday villages and markets filled with traditional foods, spirits, music, gifts and events. Starting the same time as Red Wing Downtown Main Street's annual Holiday Stroll, Yuletide Villagefest is a festive beginning to the holiday season. Hours are 3-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26; and 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Visit www.yuletidevillagefest.org for more information.

Saturday, 11/26

One Stop Shop

More than 20 vendors will be present at the One Stop Shop with cash and carry items 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at Ridgetop (W10516 U.S. Highway 10, Prescott). Crafts, jewelry, makeup, beauty items, quilts, holiday planted pots and more.

Saturday, 11/26 & Sunday, 11/27Christmas at Vino

Experience a country Christmas "Vino-style” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27 at Vino in the Valley (W3826 450th Ave., Maiden Rock). The pavilion is enclosed for the festivities and heaters keep things warm. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides around the vineyard, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or sit by the fire and sing a few Christmas carols. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and visits from Santa are 1-4 p.m.

Monday, 11/28

Cyber Monday Promotion

Keep your eyes peeled on the Ellsworth Public Library Facebook page Nov. 28 for a chance to win 25 wrapped picture books for the holiday countdown!

Thursday, 12/1

Canvas with Kayla

Plum City Public Library (611 Main St.) will host Canvas with Kayla 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Registration is required for this free painting party. Everyone will get their own canvas to paint a birch tree scene with a step by step walk through. For ages 16 and older.

Jingle & Mingle

Join the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce for a festive evening of mingling and holiday fun with your fellow chamber friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at the BMO Harris Bank lobby for a special holiday celebration. Enjoy a spread of seasonally inspired appetizers, sweets and open bar. Plus, you'll get a jump start on your holiday decorating by taking part in a silent auction of creatively decorated holiday wreaths perfect for your home or business.

Friday, 12/2

Holiday Bazaar

Spring Valley Health & Rehab Center (S820 Westland Drive, Spring Valley) will hold its 29th Annual Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Free coffee and hot cider will be available. Christmas items and baked goods will be for sale.

Friday, 12/2-Sunday, 12/4

Pepin Hometown Holidays

Pepin Hometown Holidays continues its yearly holiday fun with traditional events spanning the weekend such as cookie decorating, bake sales and bazaars, horse drawn wagon rides and a special appearance by St. Nick. For more information: pepinwisconsin.com/calendar.

Saturday, 12/3

Christmas in Maiden Rock

The village of Maiden Rock invites you to kick off the holiday season and join their Christmas festivities on Saturday, Dec. 3. Pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit the local ambulance fund, 7-11 a.m., Six String Saloon. Santa’s elves will have free gifts for children, cider, coffee and cookies, 9 a.m. to noon, Hiawatha National Bank (W3532 Hwy. 35). Santa Claus will be available for photos at the United Methodist Church 10 a.m. to noon. The Maiden Rock Area Community Association will offer free sleigh rides throughout the village, departing from Village Park. 10 a.m. to noon.

Stop in to area businesses for free hotdogs, hot chocolate or cookies.

Holiday Happenings Craft Fair

St. Bridget Catholic Parish will host its Holiday Happenings Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the school gym (135 E. Division St., River Falls.)

Circle of Love

The Spring Valley Health and Rehab Center (S820 Westland Drive, Spring Valley) invites everyone to take part in the Circle of Love. It is a way to remember friends, family and loved ones this holiday season. Wreaths adorned with red, green and white lights will be displayed on the SVHRC building. For a donation of $2.50 you can reserve a light to remember a deceased loved one or you may honor friends and loved ones. For $25 a string of lights may be reserved. The Lighting Ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. A short program in which all names will be read, along with singing of Christmas carols will take place.

God Jul in Stockholm

God Jul celebrates the Swedish Christmas season 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in Stockholm. Take a ride in the horse drawn carriage, whisper your Christmas wishes to Santa or the Jultomte and find the gnomes tucked away through the village. For more information, visit www.stockholmwisconsin.com/countrychristmas.html.

Hot Flash Ladies

The Hot Flash ladies and Dave Zahn will perform Christmas classics at the WideSpot Performing Arts Center (N2030 Spring St., Stockholm) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. For more information call 715-305-8941 or visit widespotperformingarts.org/events.

Saturday, 12/3 & Sunday, 12/4

Silent Night Concert

The annual Community Choir Christmas Concert “Silent Night” will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theater (S234 McKay Ave.) For tickets or more information, visit springvalleystagehands.org.

Holiday Market

The Spring Valley Stagehands will host a Holiday Market/Boutique 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Spring Valley Community Center (S242 McKay Ave., Spring Valley).

Christmas at Vino

Experience a country Christmas "Vino-style” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 at Vino in the Valley (W3826 450th Ave., Maiden Rock). The pavilion is enclosed for the festivities and heaters keep things warm. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides around the vineyard, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or sit by the fire and sing a few Christmas carols. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and visits from Santa are 1-4 p.m.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Prescott High School Auditorium (1010 Dexter St.) Tickets are available from cast members at Twisted Oak Coffee House and Brickyard Pub & Eatery; $8 in advance or $8.50 at the door. A cookie walk will follow each performance with proceeds to benefit art programming in Prescott.

Sunday, 12/4

Santa in Prescott

The Prescott Historical Association has invited Santa Claus to visit Prescott’s Welcome and Heritage Center (on Main Street) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Children can have their photo taken with Santa and receive a treat.

Monday, 12/5

EMS Holiday Concert

The Ellsworth Middle School grades 6 and 7 band and choir holiday concert will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5 at the middle school.

Tuesday, 12/6

Mrs. Santa Storytime

Mrs. Claus comes to PJ Storytime at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Ellsworth Public Library (312 W. Main St.) to read and give each child a gift. Holiday activities and a snack will be provided. Feel free to bring your camera for a photo opp. Geared toward ages 2-7.

Malone Christmas Program

Malone Elementary K-1 Christmas program will be held at  5 p.m. Dec. 6. in the Prescott High School Auditorium.

Tuesday, 12/6 & Wednesday, 12/7

Collective Goods Sale

Mayo Clinic Health System Auxiliary in Red Wing will host a “Collective Goods” sale 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Garden View Café in the medical center. Choose from a selection of hundreds of book titles, games, toys and gift items. All proceeds benefit auxiliary projects at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.

Thursday, 12/8

Cooking From Scratch

Cooking From Scratch: Holiday Treats, will be held 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Ellsworth Public Library (21 W. Main St.) Middle and high school youth are invited to make cocoa and decorate cookies. Registration required — sign up at the library.

Malone Christmas Program

Malone Elementary grades 2-3 Christmas program will be held at  5 p.m.; grades 4-5 program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the PHS Auditorium.

Plum City Women’s Christmas Lunch

The women of Plum City will hold their annual Christmas Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Molly’s On Main (515 Main St., Plum City). Reservations are appreciated. Call Norma at 715-279-0860. All Plum City area women are invited to attend.

Friday, 12/9

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime at Ellsworth Public Library: O Christmas Tree, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9. Bring your 2-5 year olds to read, sing, talk and play. Siblings of any age are welcome.

Santa at Flat Pennies

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Flat Pennies Ice Cream (W6442 Hwy. 35) 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. There will be complimentary photos with the festive pair and hot cocoa. Santa is encouraging all families to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to support the local food shelf. Mrs. Claus requests a donation of dog or cat food for the Goodhue County Humane Society. For more information, find Flat Pennies Ice Cream on Facebook or call 715-594-3555.

Friday, 12/9-Saturday, 12/10

Plum City Appreciation Days

Plum City businesses will host Plum City Appreciation Days Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10. Contact area businesses with questions.

Saturday, 12/10

Santa in SV

The Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes Santa Claus 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10 at the event center (across the street from Sneaker’s Pub). Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be given.

Santa & Pony Rides

The Bay City American Legion Post 357 will host Santa Claus 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Harding-Darrington Bay City Hall. Pony rides will also be given. The public is welcome.

Santa in Diamond Bluff

Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Diamond Bluff Community Party 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Diamond Bluff Town Hall.

Saturday, 12/10 & Sunday, 12/11

Christmas at Vino

Experience a country Christmas "Vino-style” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 at Vino in the Valley (W3826 450th Ave., Maiden Rock). The pavilion is enclosed for the festivities and heaters keep things warm. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides around the vineyard, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or sit by the fire and sing a few Christmas carols. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and visits from Santa are 1-4 p.m.

Monday, 12/12

PC Elementary Christmas Program

Plum City Elementary School will host its Christmas program at 1:30 p.m. (matinee) and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.

PHS Band Concert

The Prescott High School band holiday concert will start at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in the PHS Auditorium.

Tuesday, 12/13

EMS Holiday Concert

Ellsworth Middle School fifth graders will host a holiday concert at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the middle school.

PMS Choir Concert

Prescott Middle School will hold its holiday choir concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Prescott’s Malone Intermediate School gym.

Wednesday, 12/14

Ave Maria Program/Bake Sale

Ave Maria Academy in Plum City will host its Christmas program and holiday piano prelude at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Molly’s On Main in Plum City. A bake sale will run from 1-4 p.m. also.

Santa visits Daycare

Santa will visit Heart, Hands & Mind (1425 N. Acres Road, Prescott) from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

SV Elementary Concert

Spring Valley Elementary will hold its holiday concert at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Thursday, 12/15

Prairie View Concert

Prairie View Elementary School will host its holiday concert at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Ellsworth High School new gym.

Make & Take Ornaments

The Ellsworth Public Library (312 W. Main St.) will host a Make & Take Ornaments class at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Youth ages 5 and up are invited for some artistic fun. Snacks are provided and pre-registration is required.

St. Francis Christmas Program

Grades K-5 St. Francis School students will present their annual Christmas Program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in the church. A reception in the parish hall will immediately follow the program.

St. Joseph Christmas Program

St. Joseph Parish School (281 Dakota St. S., Prescott) students will present their annual Christmas program at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

Friday, 12/16

Hillcrest Concert

Hillcrest Elementary School will host its holiday concert at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at the Ellsworth High School new gym.

Christmas Storytime

The Ellsworth Public Library (312 W. Main St.) invites you to Preschool Storytime: The Night Before Christmas at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Mrs. Claus will read and give each child a gift. Holiday activities and a snack will be provided. Geared toward ages 2-5, but siblings of any age are welcome.

Saturday, 12/17

Lunch with Santa

The Ellsworth Funsters and the Ellsworth FFA invite kids to Lunch with Santa 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 17 at Ellsworth High School. The day will include lunch, a picture with Santa and a gift for mom and dad. Kids will also get to do a craft project, color a picture and play games. Kids must be 4 years old to stay the day, but kids are welcome to come and go to see Santa. To register for lunch, call the school by Dec. 2.

Santa in Elmwood

Santa Claus will visit the Elmwood Auditorium (111 S. Main St.) 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Get your picture taken, make holiday crafts and enjoy festive snacks.

A Christmas Carol

Widespot Players Readers Theater will perform “A Christmas Carol” in the manner of a 1940s radio production at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the theatre (N2030 Spring St., Stockholm). For more information call 715-305-8941 or visit widesportperformingarts.org/events.

Saturday, 12/17 & Sunday, 12/18

Christmas at Vino

Experience a country Christmas "Vino-style” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18 at Vino in the Valley (W3826 450th Ave., Maiden Rock). The pavilion is enclosed for the festivities and heaters keep things warm. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides around the vineyard, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or sit by the fire and sing a few Christmas carols. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and visits from Santa are 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, 12/18

Breakfast with Santa

Molly’s On Main (515 Main St., Plum City) will host breakfast with Santa 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 18. Bring your cameras! For more information, visit Molly’s On Main on Facebook.

Monday, 12/19

EHS Holiday Concert

The Ellsworth High School winter choir concert is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in the EHS Cafetorium.

Elmwood MS/HS Concert

Elmwood Middle School/High School band and choir will host its winter holiday concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19.

PCHS Concert

Plum City High School will host its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19.

Tuesday, 12/20

Elmwood Elementary Concert

Elmwood Elementary School will host its winter holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

PCMS Concert

Plum City Middle School will host its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

SV MS/HS Holiday Concert

Spring Valley students grades 6-12 will host holiday concerts at 6:30 p.m. (middle school) and 7:30 p.m. (high school) Tuesday, Dec. 20 in the MS/HS gym.

Wednesday, 12/21

Caroling in the Community

The Ellsworth Public Library invites you to participate in Caroling in the Community. Everyone is welcome to join us for caroling. We will meet at Preferred Senior Living at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, then at Atrium Post-Acute Care at 3:40 p.m., and end up at the library for some well-deserved, heart-warming treats.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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