La Crosse Rotary Holiday Lights

Wisconsin Weekend: Holiday Happenings – and lots of Santa appearances!

Santa’s a busy guy this weekend and holiday lights are all over the place! It’s a great weekend to embrace winter and road trip around Wisconsin. Keep track of conditions (just look to the right on this page) and check your local radio stations as you drive around. There are plenty of good events to check out, here are a few picks:

West Allis: Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show

Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show logoThe Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show hits Wisconsin State Fair Park, where you can shop row upon row of exhibits with products and services dedicated to the die-hard ice fishing and winter sports enthusiast! Explore new ice fishing products, including fish houses, augers, underwater cameras, digital fish finders, rods and reels, tackle, accessories, apparel and much more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there Saturday from noon to 3pm for photos – they’re all over the place! It’s right at the corner of Highway 59/Greenfield Avenue & Highway 181/84th Street. I-94, I-41, U.S. 45, and Highway 100 all bring you close!

Manitowoc: A Pinecrest Christmas

A Pinecrest ChristmasThe charming Pinecrest Historical Village brings holiday cheer Saturday with A Pinecrest Christmas. The Village itself is a 19th century village featuring actual historic – and generally relocated – original Manitowoc County buildings. This year’s theme is a World War 1 Christmas, so along with traditional Christmas merriment there will be war-themed activities throughout the village. Kids can enlist in the American Junior Red Cross, print their own postcard, view the latest camera technology, and more. Pinecrest is about 6 miles west of I-43 along County JJ, just north of U.S. 151 in Manitowoc County.

Chippewa Falls: Christmas at Cook-Rutledge Mansion & Christmas Village in Irvine Park

Christmas Village at Irvine Park, Chippewa FallsIt’s a two-fer this weekend in beautiful Chippewa Falls. The historic Cook-Rutledge Mansion will be decked for the holidays and offer special tours. Meanwhile, Irvine Park – already awesome for its zoo, Wobbly Bridge and more – offers its Christmas Village with more than 100,000 Christmas lights and life-size scenes replicating the Victorian era as well as Chippewa Falls’ early history. U.S. 53 and Highways 29 and 124 bring you there!

East Troy: Electric Railroad Christmas Trains

Christmas Trains on the East Troy Electric RailroadThe East Troy Electric Railroad’s 2017 Christmas Train takes you on a magical ride from the East Troy depot – which has a cool little museum, too – to Santa’s Workshop at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago. Children can visit Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, plus take home a special gift. The railroad cars are heated and bathrooms are available at the East Troy depot. Advance Reservations Required, 262-642-3263. You’ll find the East Troy Depot right off Highway 20 on Church Street, just north of Highway 120 & I-43.

Sheboygan: Making Spirits Bright

Making Spirits Bright in SheboyganTalk about a gorgeous drive… the Sheboygan County Rotary Club creates this amazing light show that can drive through to music! Just tune your FM radio to their signal and enjoy the sync-up with over 325,000 holiday lights on this 1.1-mile forested route. I-43 and Highways 23, 28, and 42 bring you there.

La Crosse: Rotary Holiday Lights

La Crosse Rotary Holiday LightsTWO MILLION LIGHTS?? Yup! Riverside Park in La Crosse becomes an amazing splendorous wonderland featuring a 140-foot Christmas tree, live nativity presentations, and animated light displays with over 2,000,000 lights total. You have to see it to believe it, and I-90, U.S. 14/61, U.S. 53, and Highways 16, 33, and 35 all bring you to La Crosse so you can see it!

More for your Wisconsin Weekend

There are MANY more events to check out, including the Old World Christmas Market at the Osthoff in Elkhart Lake (Highway 67), Olbrich’s Holiday Express at the lovely Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Downtown Reedsburg’s Living Windows along Main Street on Highways 23/33, and SO much more. Run around during your Wisconsin weekend, explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, trails, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!