December 4, 2020
Christmas Village at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. Photo credit: @jcourn87

Wisconsin Holiday Weekend: Tons of Drive-Thru Holiday Lights, Farmers Markets, even some fun in the snow… Pick Some Roads and GO!

It’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Deer Hunt is in full swing, and we’re looking at snow in some areas, rain in others, and sun with mild temps at times, too. Enjoy the range of weather, scenery, and great places to visit – safely – as holiday activities fire up with everything from drive-thru holiday lights to farmers’ markets and other fun activities. Just road trip safely with all this COVID stuff, and mask up if you’re going inside places, per their requests. Explore Wisconsin road by road, and have some fun no matter what else is happening on this Wisconsin weekend! Here are some highlights:

New Instagrammable Spot: We checked out the new Johnsonville Marketplace in Sheboygan County

BRAT sculpture outside the Johnsonville Marketplace near Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

It’s brand new, it offers over 70 kinds of sausage, and plenty of other cool items that scream Wisconsin, sausage, cheese, beer, and you’ll definitely find something you like. We’re talking about the new Johnsonville Marketplace, a 3,200 square foot cacophony of company products and history in a bright, clean, roomy, and Instagrammable place. It opened a few weeks ago to commemorate Johnsonville’s 75th anniversary, and the Marketplace is complete with commemorative beers, indoor and outdoor grills, and some kitschy pieces to see and enjoy, like the huge new “BRAT” sculpture that beckons you in from its location along County J between Highways 32 & 57 in Sheboygan County. Get a closer look on our State Trunk Tour coverage here, and check it out when you can!

Farmers Markets on Saturdays around the state

Fall harvests have produced plenty of… well, produce. Plus, fresh, farm-raised meats and natural cheeses await you at farmers markets around Wisconsin. Check out the Oconomowoc Farmers Market (Highways 16, 67); also in Green Bay, their Downtown Farmers Market added dates, including Saturday, November 14th and 21st! Also featured:

Manitowoc Winter Farmers Market

The Manitowoc Winter Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, locally raised meats, and locally-crafted cheeses. It runs the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am – 12:30pm at the Grow It Forward Community Food Center, located at 1501 Marshall Street in Manitowoc.
Find vegetables, maple syrup, eggs, beef, chicken, baked goods, and handmade crafts. U.S. 10, U.S. 151, and Highway 42 all bring you into Manitowoc, just minutes east of I-43.

Port Washington 2020 Holiday Makers Market

The “locally inspired” Port Washington 2020 Holiday Makers Market runs through the winter months on the 2nd Saturday of each month (including November 14th) with music, food, drinks, gift wrapping, and of course a wide variety of crafts and creations from a dozen different local vendors, all at Inventors Brewpub, right by Lake Michigan off Highway 32 on the north side of downtown Port Washington!

Nine State Historic Sites open again, with some restrictions

Wisconsin’s State Historic Sites were shut down due to COVID-19 for a while, but now you’re able once again to climb aboard a train car at Circus World in Baraboo, tour Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, or immerse yourself in 19th century crafts and activities at Old World Wisconsin. Nine sites officially reopened with some policy changes including required advance reservations, social distancing, and more. Get all the details and locations here.

Check out State Trunk Tour Podcasts on the 19th Century Waukesha Great Pipeline Battle, Fall Fun in Racine County, and Activities to Enjoy in Green Bay when you can’t attend a game at Lambeau!

The State Trunk Tour Podcast covers Wisconsin’s roads, cities and towns, quirky features, and more. You can access all the episodes on our Podcast Page! Here, we’re featuring the unique history behind Waukesha’s healthy natural water and the Great Pipeline Battle in the 1890s, Fall Farm Fun and other great activities you can enjoy in Racine County, and finally with game attendance at Lambeau under significant restruction for the foreseeable future, we explore a bevy of activities to enjoy in Green Bay. Stream them right here: