Events with a Santa hat icon indicate a special appearance by the big man himself.

 

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Now–December 31 

Pearl Street Pop-Up
200 4th St. S.
10am–6pm (Mon.–Wed.), 10am–7pm (Thurs.–Fri.) 10am–4pm (Sat.), 11am–3pm (Sun.)
Eight start-up businesses provide unique gifts in a new downtown location.

 

Now–December 24

 Santa Fest
Valley View Mall, 3800 State Rd. 16
11am–8pm (Mon.–Sat.), 12–6pm (Sunday), 10am–5pm (Christmas Eve)
Make a reservation online to skip the line at myvalleyview.com

 

Thurs., November 15–Sun., November 18  

 Holiday Fair
La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza
Santa Hours: 1–4:30pm and 5:30–8pm (Thurs.–Fri.), 10am–12:30pm and 1:30–4:30pm (Sat.), 11am–2:30pm (Sun.)
Visit lacrossecenter.com for complete fair hours. $2/ages 13 and up.

 

Sat., November 17   

UW-L Turkey Trot
UW-L 130 Recreational Eagle Center
Races begin at 9am; register at uwlax.edu/event/turkey-trot
A 5K run, including costume and coloring contests as well as Junior Gobbler races. $3–35.

 

Thurs., November 22 

Festival Foods Turkey Trot
Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd.
Races begin at 8am; register at festivalfoodsturkeytrot.com
Earn your feast with a 5-mile run, 2-mile run/walk, or 2-mile dog jog. $15-$30.

La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner
La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza
10am–3pm
Volunteer at laxthanksgivingdinner.com/volunteer. Free community gathering, including music, crafts and games for kids, nondenominational worship service, and a large screen TV for the Thanksgiving Day football games.

 

Fri., November 23

Rotary Lights Christmas Parade
Riverside Park, 410 Veteran Memorial Dr.
5pm, full schedule and “Tips for Attending” at rotarylights.org
Rotary Lights park display open through Dec. 31. Carriage and hay rides, live nativity, skating rink, beautiful light displays, Santa and his reindeer, and live music.

Evening of Christmas Magic
The Toy Shop, 115 2nd St. S.
6:30–9pm
Christmas at a toy store! Cookies, music, door prizes, and holiday fun just one block from the Rotary Lights.

Sparta Kriskindlmarkt
Fri. (4-8pm) & Sat. (10am-8pm), November 23-24; November 30-December 1; December 7-8 Mueller Square, Sparta European-style holiday market with various gifts and authentic German food.

 

Sat., November 24

Small Business Saturday
Historic Downtown La Crosse
All day
Support local businesses. Find a directory of restaurants and shops at lacrossedowntown.com.

 

Sat, November 24-Sun., November 25

Alice in Wonderland
Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front St. S.
2pm & 7pm (Saturday), 2pm (Sunday)
Tickets at webercenterarts.org
Misty’s Dance Unlimited and Ballet La Crosse present a journey down the rabbit hole with Alice as she encounters well-known characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic. $22/orchestra, $18/balcony, $5/youth.

 

Mon., November 26

 Santa Visits West Salem Altra
Altra Federal Credit Union, 1400 Waterloo Ave., West Salem
3:30–5:30pm
Free photos, treats, and stories. A special gift from Santa for the first 25 children who attend.

 

Thurs., November 29

Santa Visits Holmen Altra
Altra Federal Credit Union, 1404 S. Main St., Holmen
3:30–5:30pm
Free photos, treats, and stories. A special gift from Santa for the first 25 children who attend.

 

Fri., November 30

 Santa Visits La Crosse Altra—Losey Branch
Altra Federal Credit Union, 2715 Losey Blvd. S.
4–6pm
Free photos, treats, and stories. A special gift from Santa for the first 25 children who attend.

 

Sat., December 1–Sun., December 2 & Sat., December 8–Sun., December 9

Hixon House Holiday Showcase
Historic Hixon House, 429 7th St. N.
12–3pm
Live music and seasonal refreshments in an elegant Victorian setting. Proceeds benefit the La Crosse County Historical Society. $5–$15.

 

Sat., December 1 & Sun., December 2

A Viterbo Christmas: Out of Darkness, Light!
Viterbo FAC Main Theatre, 929 Jackson St.
7:30pm (Saturday), 2pm (Sunday)
Celebrate the season with a concert that weaves music and narration to retell the story of advent. $14–$20. Tickets at 796-3000, viterbo.edu.

 

Sat., December 1

 Old-Fashioned Christmas
Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, N455 O. Ophus Road, Coon Valley
Horse-drawn wagon rides, music, crafts, food, gifts, scavenger hunt, and more, including a Santa visit from 1-3pm.

 

Sun., December 2

 Jingle Bell Brunch
The Cargill Room, Waterfront Restaurant, Front St. S.
9am; 11:30am for military families
Brunch buffet, holiday music, Santa visit, children’s parade, and more. $10/ages 3 plus; $22/adult. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite, search Jingle Bell Brunch.

 

Tues., December 4

Lindsey Stirling
La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza
7:30pm
A dancer and violinist, Stirling presents a vivid holiday show through dance routines and on-stage visuals.

 

Wed., December 5

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
The Commodore Food and Spirit, 215 South Chestnut Street, La Crescent, Minn.
8:15pm arrival; 8:30pm event
Visit cpr.ca for info on other stops
20th anniversary journey to bring holiday cheer and an end to hunger to communities across Canada and the U.S. Performance by The Trews and Willy Porter. Free event; food and monetary donations encouraged.

 

Sat., December 8

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Amtrak Station, 601 St. Andrew St.
8:45pm arrival; 9pm event
Visit cpr.ca for info on earlier stops in Mauston, Tomah, and Sparta
20th anniversary journey to bring holiday cheer and an end to hunger to communities across Canada and the U.S. Performance by The Trews and Willy Porter. Free event; food and monetary donations encouraged.

 Milk & Cookies with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Children’s Musuem of La Crosse, 207 5th Ave S
8:30-10am
Join Santa & Mrs. Claus and their Elf for stories and fun plus  milk and cookies. Don’t forget your camera!   Pre-payment required. $5/Member Child, $12/Non-Member Child, $1/Adult.

 

Sat., December 8

Santa Visits Onalaska Altra
Altra Federal Credit Union, 1807 E. Main St.
10am–12pm
Free photos, treats, and stories. A special gift from Santa for the first 25 children who attend.

Milk & Cookies with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Children’s Museum of La Crosse, 207 5th Ave. S
8:30–10am
Join Santa & Mrs. Claus and their Elf for stories and fun. $5/member child, $12/non-member child, $1/adult. Pre-payment required.

Ugly Sweater 5K
Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr.
3pm check-in, 4pm run. Register at ugly5k.eventbrite.com
Run/walk from Myrick to Riverside Park, where a bus will return runners to Myrick after the race.

 Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Toy Shop, 115 2nd St. S.
10am–12pm
Santa is stopping by before he heads home to the North Pole. Bring your letters and cameras!

Fri., December 7–Sun., December 9

Nutcracker Ballet
Viterbo Fine Arts Center (FAC), 929 Jackson St.
7:30 pm (Friday), 2 pm (Saturday & Sunday)
La Crosse Dance Centre’s 29th annual presentation of the tale of Maria’s adventures when she receives a Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. $16-19. Tickets at viterbo.edu.

 

Tues., Dec. 12

 Santa Visits La Crescent Altra
Altra Federal Credit Union, 205 N. Chestnut St., La Crescent, Minn.
3:30–5:30pm
Free photos, treats, and stories. A special gift from Santa for the first 25 children who attend.

 Santa and Mrs. Claus Visits:
Songs & stories. Free. • www.lacrossecountylibrary.org
• Holmen Public Library, 121 W Legion St., Holmen
526-4198 / 781-9568×5 • 9:15-10:15am
• Onalaska Public Library, 741 Oak Ave S., Onalaska
781-9568×5 • 12:45-1:45pm
• Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library, 201 Neshonoc Rd., West Salem
786-1505 /781-9568×5 • 10:45-11:45am

 

Sat., December 29

Happy Noon Year!
Children’s Museum of La Crosse, 207 5th Ave. S.
10am-12pm
Noise makers, party hats, and a bubble wrap stomp countdown to Noon. Free with admission.

 

Mon., Dec. 31

La Crosse Skyrockers
Grandad Bluff Park, 3020 Grandad Bluff Rd.
www.skyrockers.org
6pm & 12 midnight
New Year’s Eve fireworks display.