A Perfect Wisconsin Christmas: Towns to Visit During the Holidays

A Perfect Wisconsin Christmas: Towns to Visit During the Holidays

A nip in the air. Snow on the ground. A cup of hot cocoa in hand. With the holidays in Wisconsin right around the corner, it’s time to schedule some seasonal family fun. There’s a lot of events to celebrate Christmas in Wisconsin. Whether you want to take a sleigh ride, a walk through a quaint village, or enjoy a tree-lighting ceremony. As you plan your perfect Wisconsin Christmas, check out our list of towns to visit this holiday season.

Here are the best Christmas things to do in Wisconsin:

Winter Wonderland in Delafield, Wisconsin

We love the quaint downtown area of Delafield, WI, especially because it’s the hometown of the Kowalske Kitchen & Bath showroom. The local chamber of commerce organizes many events for local residents and families. The holiday season is no exception. If you’ve never been to Delafield, be sure to come visit over the holiday season. 

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  • Bring your kids to meet Santa and have breakfast with the reindeer
  • Some of the highlights of the Delafreeze event on January 14, 2023 include ice sculptures, a giant igloo, snow dogs and hot chocolate. Stop in the warm Kowalske showroom to say hello!

Family Fun in Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is a great place to spend a weekend any time during the year and Christmas is no exception. Some events to attend include:

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Mistletoe Magic in Madison

Just walking around downtown Madison lit up for the season, doing some shopping, and sipping a warm drink is worth the jaunt to the state’s Capitol. There are many different sights to see and events to experience in Madison during the Christmas season. Here are a few: 

A Classic Milwaukee, Wisconsin Christmas

Most larger cities have a holiday parade and even the smallest towns generally have a tree-lighting ceremony, but what can beat the downtown ambience of Milwaukee? A go-to place for winter enjoyment and holiday fun, the Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs have much to offer. 

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Get Outside for a Sleigh Ride

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Enjoy a snowy horse drawn sleigh ride at Apple Holler in Sturtevant through their orchard. Bring blankets, a warm coat and carrots for the horses. If you have younger children, check out their Santa show available throughout the month of December.

Wisconsin Christmas in Ozaukee County

Cedarburg is a quaint village to visit during the holiday season with Festive Friday Eves in the Cedar Creek Settlement. However, this village is not the only area of Ozaukee County to turn on the charm for the holiday season. Local organizations and businesses will light up for the holidays with Illuminate Ozaukee 2022. Bring your letters to Santa to drop in his mailbox. 

Stocking Stuffing in Stockholm

Stockholm, Wisconsin is a tiny village that makes the top 10 list of ultimate Christmas locations in Wisconsin! With a population of less than 100 people, Stockholm is small, but mighty in its holiday spirit! It’s a bit of a hike at around four hours from the Milwaukee area, but it just may be worth the winter road trip. Celebrating Swedish-style Christmas for a full month–the village offers a variety of festivities for an old-fashioned Christmas.  

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  • An outdoor Holiday Market
  • A Swedish Christmas event
  • A Winter Solstice event with fire dancers, luminaries, ice candles, torches and bonfires.

Holidays in Chippewa Falls 

Christmas Village in Irvine Park brings the season to life with over 60,000 lights in a breath-taking display reminiscent of the Victorian era. This is just one of the events that make this area special during the season.

Making Memories in Elkhart Lake

The Elkhart area is known for its holiday charm during Santa season. Listed as one of the top Christmas towns, it offers plenty to do and see this December. Some ideas:

Reindeer and More in Ripon, WI 

Ripon is known for bringing the holidays to life with its array of Christmas activities. With unique shops and restaurants, it’s a whimsical place to take the family for the holidays in Wisconsin. Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas event includes carriage rides, reindeer, Santa and live music.

A Wisconsin Christmas to Remember

Christmas in Wisconsin can be absolutely magical when you know where to visit and how to plan. Start to think about the activities you want to do and bring your holiday dreams to life. With a little planning ahead, you can make your Wisconsin Christmas one to remember this year! Kowalske’s home remodeling experts are here for you year-round.

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