December 1, 2013 – The 19th Annual Santa Express at Mid Continent Railway Museum 10:00a.m., 11:30a.m., 1:00p.pm. & 2:30p.m. on both Sat & Sun. Celebrate the holiday season in a uniquely festive way aboard the 19th annual Santa Express. Santa will visit as you take the spirit of Christmas past on our early 1900′s adventure. All cars are kept comfortably warm using the 100-year-old tradition of steam heating or coal-fired stoves, just like at the North Pole. All rides depart the museum grounds at North Freedom and last 55-minutes round trip. Please contact Mid-Continent for pricing. Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Rd, North Freedom, WI 53951. 800-930-1385
December 1, 2013 – Holiday Open House, 9-5pm. There will be Home-Made Candies & Cookies, Hot Cider, Drawings, and store wide specials. Everyone is invited to wonder thru our amazing collection of Christmas displays, taste our treats,and touch “Nature Inspired” Ornaments, Centerpieces, Cute Christmas critters and rustic furniture. Papa Bears Northwoods Store, S3947B Hwy BD, Baraboo, WI 53913. (608) 355-9488
December 1, 2013 – Holiday Craft & Gift Show, 9am-3pm. Parents-Bring your kids to see Santa & Mrs.Claus! Kid’s- Get your picture taken with Santa! Saturday from 10:00-2:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am – Noon. Door Prizes, DJ, Gift Wrapping Station, Grand Prize Raffle for a 50′ Flat Screen TV. The First 50 Attendees on each day receive a free Goody Bag. Ho Chunk Gaming Center – Lower Dells Ballroom, Hwy BD, Baraboo. 920-912-6451 Admission is FREE, Parking is FREE.
December 1, 2013 – Tinsel & Twang – AMerry-Cana Christmas, 3:00pm. Starring: Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins & The Dang-its Madison Area Music Awards (www.themamas.org). The Dang-Its: 2013 Country/Bluegrass Performer of the Year. This is a benefit concert for the new Baraboo Zoo River Otter Exhibit. AL Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo. Kandie Beckwith 608-477-3767 or Fran Johnson 608-356-3414. Admission: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors/ Students, $15 Children 12 and under, $75 Box Seats (6). Tickets are available at Baraboo National Bank (main & west branches) & Baraboo Corner Drug Store. http://www.dang-its.com
December 1, 2013 – Sauk County Humane Society Holiday Open House, 12:00 – 4:00 PM. You, your family, and your best friends are welcome to come to the Sauk County Humane Society for an afternoon of holiday music and cheer! There will be photos with Santa, a bake sale, refreshments, calendars for sale, and information on how to become a member or volunteer! Also, you can view all of our available animals! Please call the shelter to schedule your pets photo session with Santa as spots fill quickly! Sauk County Humane Society, 618 Hwy 136, Baraboo. 608-356-2520. http://www.saukhumane.org
December 1, 2013 – Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols – St. Joseph’s Church 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Ecumenical presentation of Scripture and music based on the ancient “O Antiphons,” the prophetic promises of salvation. Traditional on the 1st Sunday of Advent. St. Joseph Church 304 East St, Baraboo. 608-356-4773. stjosephbaraboo.org
December 2, 2013 – St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary -Festival of Love & Light 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Festival of Love and Light begins the Christmas season with a ceremony honoring those we have lost. Refreshments, remembrances and song – in the Ringling Rooms at 5:30, and ending in the Healing Garden with the lighting of the trees. St Clare Hospital, 707 Fourteenth Street, Baraboo. www.stclare.com
December 3, 2013 – Children’s Day Center Tip Night at Pizza Ranch 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Children’s Day Center and Preschool will host a Community Impact Night fundraiser. CDC parent Chris Kuter will provide live music starting at 5 p.m. The school will receive 10 percent of the evening’s sales and all donations. For more information, contact the Children’s Day Center at 608-356-4116. Children’s Day Center is a non-profit child care center. Baraboo Pizza Ranch 1000 Log Lodge Ct.
December 5, 2013 – 15th Annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. Once again the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping in Wisconsin Dells at the Amtrak station at 100 LaCrosse St at 3 p.m. The schedule, available on CP’s website at www.cpr.ca outlines plans for the train of lights to partner with communities in raising food and money for local food banks. Musicians traveling aboard the trains will play more than 150 free concerts from their boxcar stage. CP asks that attendees bring a non-perishable food or cash donation, and donations stay with the food shelf in the community where they’re donated. Items like infant formula, canned meats, and spaghetti sauce are in particular demand for the millions of North Americans who turn to food banks each month. Each Holiday Train consists of 14 brightly decorated rail cars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. For the 15th year, CP’s elves have updated the thousands of LED lights that adorn the sides of both trains with new holiday designs. Amtrak Depot, 200 LaCrosse St, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.
December 5, 2013 – A Night of Beauty! 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Enjoy samples of Spa services, wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres from the new Double Cut Charcoal Grill. Special event pricing on Spa treatments. Sign up to win prizes and finish up some of your holiday shopping! Event is limited to 100 people. $10/person, payment is taken at time of reservation and is non-refundable. Call for more information or to reserve your spot. Spa Kalahari & Salon, 1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. 608-254-3300
December 6 -7, 2013 – Escanaba in da Moonlight 6:30 PM. Join us at Monk’s at the Wilderness for an evening of food, fun and a festive dinner theatre performance! A dinner theatre even husbands will want to see: A macho man in a family, on the eve of deer-hunting season, must deal with his eldest son’s curse of never having bagged a buck. This hilarious hunting trip will be one for the family’s history books! Admission Fee: $40 per person (ticket cost includes dinner, show, sales tax and service charges). Monk’s Bar & Grill at the Wilderness. 608-254-6665
December 7, 2013 – Sugar Plum Saturday. A day just for Kids in Downtown Baraboo! Breakfast with Santa, kid friendly shopping with gifts under $10. Free horses and wagon rides, Visit with Santa at the Al Ringling and other family fun activities. Downtown Baraboo. http://www.downtownbaraboo.com
December 7, 2013 – Bravo Center’s 8th Annual Holiday Spectacular. 1pm and 6:30pm. Our 8th annual holiday dance Christmas performance – a perfect way to uplift your holiday spirits! Tickets may be purchased the day of the show at the theatre. Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo. (608) 356-0865 General Admission $9, Balcony $75. http://www.bravocenter.com
December 7, 2013 – Camera Scavenger Hunt – Devils Lake State Park 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Anytime of the year is a perfect time for a scavenger hunt, especially if it’s with your camera! Drop in the nature center to pick up your scavenger hunt card, then head out with your camera to take pictures. You’ll even be able to turn one of your photos into a keepsake to take home. Meet at the Nature Center, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo, WI 53913. The Nature Center is Open Today from 9:30am – 3:30pm. 608-356-8301
December 7 – 8, 2013 – Stomp out Hunger, 24 Hour Marathon Fundraiser 12:00pm. People Helping People wants to help the growing number of Sauk County Families that are struggling to put food on the table. PHP will be collecting monetary donations as well as non-perishable food items. Your contribution would be greatly appreciated! Stop by and say “HI” and warm up with some chili, cider or hot cocoa. The goal is to raise $15,000!!! Look for PHP Tent, Located by Cell.Plus at the Walmart Plaza, Hwy 12, Baraboo. 608-434-0002 Refreshments: Chili $4.00 Hot Cider, Hot Chocolate or Water $1.00.
December 8, 2013 – Buddy Lee’s Annual “Making Dreams Come True” Benefit and Show 12:00 – 8:45 PM. Enjoy a day of family entertainment and door prizes. All proceeds will benefit the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council to distribute or purchase new toys for area children for Christmas.The doors will open at 11:00 with the American Legion Post 187 will be posting the colors starting at noon. Admission Fee: New unwrapped toy or cash donation. Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center, 60 Gasser Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. (608) 206-2698
December 8, 2013 – Downtown Baraboo WINTER Sunday Market 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market includes Antique Dealers, Collectors, Artisans and Crafters selling their work at the Al Ringling Mansion. The Mansion will be open for tours during the Sunday Market. Corner of Broadway & 5th Ave, Baraboo, WI
December 12, 2013 – Festive Food Gifts Class at Bekah Kate’s 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Handmade gifts are all the rage again…We show you gorgeous ways to wrap savory recipes and decadent sweets for your holiday gift giving. Homemade food gifts don’t have to take much time, and are a wonderful expression of your love and creativity. Join Bekah and “crafting genius” Pam Getchmen for this wonderful holiday class! You will even get to take home your creations Bekah Kate’s, 117 Third Street, Baraboo, Wi 53913. 608-356-3133 Fees/Admission: $35. http://www.BekahKates.com
December 13, 2013 – A Carpenter’s Christmas – Al Ringling Theatre 7:30pm. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece backing band are keeping The Carpenters’ holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, featuring “Merry Christmas Darling” and the jazzy “Santa Claus in Comin’ to Town”, it’s a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all. Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo, 608-356-8864. Adult $25.00, Senior/ Student $21.00, Youth $12.00.
December 13 – 14, 2013 – The Very Merry Holiday Fair, Noon to 6 PM, 9 AM to 4 PM. Shop with 45 Artisans, Holiday Shopping Bags for first 100 patrons, Special gift drawing for first 100 patrons, Chance to Win Very Merry Moolah (for spending December 8 and 15), 5-7 pm Very Merry Hour (Beverage specials at Very Merry Bar), Dine at International Clown Museum’s Hot Dog Wagon. Enjoy many Holiday events throughout Baraboo. Very Merry Beasts. Welcome our very special guest, the Sauk County Humane Society. Gift a Membership or purchase a SCHS Calendar. Free treat for all “beasts.” 323 Water Street, Baraboo. FREE Admission both days! www.TheVeryMerryHoliday.com
December 14, 2013 – Edwardian Christmas at the Sauk County Historical Society/ Van Orden Mansion 12:00 – 7:00 PM. The Van Orden Mansion, 531 4th Ave., Baraboo, will once again be filled with over a dozen fresh Christmas trees each decorated to the lyrics of a beloved Christmas song. Live music will fill the living room. Christmas baked goods will fill the dining room table and horse drawn rides will take place outside. Dave SaLoutos will again decorate a room, highlighting his collection of Woolworth’s memorabilia. Admission charge is $5.00 We invite you to experience the grandeur of Christmas past at the mansion. Also, you can visit the Al Ringling Theatre: Christmas music including the Mighty Barton Organ,25 Christmas Trees, Holiday popcorn and other treats, Christmas Movie Trivia Contest, Visit Santa Claus (12-2pm), Meet “Al. Ringling”. Sauk County Historical Society, 531 4th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913. & The Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo. 608-356-1001, Admission: $5.00 – Adults -Mansion or Theatre, $8.00 – Adults – Combo Ticket, Children 12 and under Free, Member Discounts.
December 15, 2013 – Baraboo High School Band & Choir Christmas Concert 3:30pm. Come and enjoy the spirit of Christmas time with the Baraboo High School Band & Choir. Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913. 608-356-8864
December 21, 2013 – Winter Solstice Celebration – Devils Lake State Park 6:00 – 9:00 PM. December 21st is Winter Solstice — the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. Join us for a Solstice Celebration by making simple tree ornaments or paper bag lantern; roast a marshmallow (or two) around the fire; go on a self-guided hike; or just come in to enjoy the nature center! Meet at the Nature Center, Devils Lake State Park, S5975 Park Road, Baraboo, WI 53913. 608-356-8301 Admission: Free
December 31, 2013 – Chula Fest – New Year’s Eve Celebration. Join us with family & friends for Chula Fest and enjoy two parties in one! Ticket purchase includes: Entrance to the festival, The Pinsetters Show: a high-energy 7 piece rock horn band, The Dance Club Party and unlimited select beverages (tap beer, wine, liquor and soda as well as a midnight champagne toast) and a balloon drop. Families can enjoy a countdown to 2014 with fun New Year’s Eve activities which include games, clowns, magicians, bounce house, plenty of surprises, a family dance party, balloon drop at midnight and New Year’s Eve favors. The festival and family dance party are included in your Chula Fest ticket purchase. Admission Fee: Child (3-11) $12.95, Minor (12-20) $24.95, Adults (21+) $49.95. Chula Vista Resort, 4031 N River Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. 800-388-4782 chulavistaresort.com