Big event blog: Welcome the holidays
Holiday celebrations are all over the area this weekend. Take in parades and other family-friendly activities in Burlington, Elkhorn and Lake Geneva. Catch a tree lighting, visit with Santa or enjoy a cookie walk.
Elkhorn High School Choir performs at the library, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. Christmas carols, Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn.
21st annual Victorian Christmas Evening, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Sharon, with nonmotorized parade at 7:30 p.m., refreshments, costumed characters. Contact Historic Downtown Sharon Association, 262-736-2131 for more information.
Festival of Lights, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Lake Geneva. Tree lighting, visit with Santa, listen to a reading of a Christmas story, LakeGenevaDowntown.com
Paint 'n' Sip, Dec. 2, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Grand Geneva, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, off Wisconsin Highway 50, Lake Geneva. Reserve your spot at least one hour in advance: 800-558-3417.
First Friday event, Santa Scavanger Hunt, Dec. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on and around the square, downtown East Troy. 262-642-3770, EastTroy.org
Whitewater's Christmas Parade of Lights celebration, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m., with parade at 6 p.m. plus storytelling, cookie decorating, roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate
Burlington Christmas Parade, Dec. 2, downtown Burlington. This year's theme is “Christmas Vacation,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 262-763-3631 or burlingtonchamber.org
Elkhorn Tree Lighting, Dec. 2, on the square at 6:30 p.m. with Santa reception to follow at the Matheson Memorial LIbrary, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn
First Friday Art Preview, Dec. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Brick Street Market, 116 E. Walworth St., Delavan, 262-740-1880, BrickStreetMarket.com
Visit with Santa in his chalet, Dec. 2-4; Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wehmhoff Park, 166 E. Jefferson St., Burlington. 262-763-6044, BurlingtonChamber.org
12th annual Union Grove Holiday Craft Fair, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with more than 100 vendors, Union Grove Elementary School, 1745 Milldrum Ave., Union Grove. 262-891-3477
11th annual Christmas Cookie and Gift Walk, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, Burlington United Methodist Church, 857 W. State St., Burlington.
41st annual Electric Christmas Parade, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., downtown Lake Geneva. “Celebrate your inner elf” is this year's theme.
Palmyra Christmas Parade, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m., sponsored by the Lioness club, on Main Street with chili sale, free hot chocolate, cookies and coffee. 262-495-4279
VFW Pancake Breakfast, Dec. 3, from 7 a.m to 11 a.m., Elkhorn Area Middle School, 627 E. Court St., Elkhorn. 262-723-4979
Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Craft Fair, Dec. 3. Breakfast from 8 a..m. to 11 a.m. in in the Badger Commons; craft and vender fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Badger Sports Center, Badger High School, 220 E. South St., Lake Geneva. 262-348-2000.
Mukwonago's Midnight Magic, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 11:55 p.m., with town-wide festivities. Parade starts at 3 p.m. at the high school with a tree lighting ceremony at the library following the parade. Fireworks at 9 p.m. 262-363-7758, MukwonagoChamber.org
Annual Holiday Cookie Walk, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. until sold out, First Congregational Church, 76 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. 262-723-3246
35th annual Christmas Card Town Parade, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m., downtown Elkhorn. 262-723-5788
Visit with Santa, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Live holiday music from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Grand Geneva, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva. 800-558-3417
Victorian Christmas, Dec. 3, noon to 3 p.m., Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva. Entertainment, cookies, free admission. 262-248-6060
Designing Holiday Containers workshop, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m., Northwind Perennial Farm, 7047 Hospital Road, Burlington. 262-248-8229, NorthwindPerennialFarm.com
Reindeer Run, Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sunset Park, 200 Devendorf St., Elkhorn. Run/walk 5K or Santa Sprint 100 yards. Dogs on leash welcome. Awards to best dressed; prizes to winners. Bring nonperishable food item for pantry. Stay for the parade at 1:30 p.m.
Snowshoe hike, Dec. 3 at Big Foot Beach State Park, 1550 S. Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva. Meet at ClearWater Outdoor, 744 W. Main St., Lake Geneva to pick up snowshoes, then meet at pavilion just past ranger shack at the park for hike to start at 11 a.m. Reservations required: 262-348-2420, ClearWaterOutdoor.com
Freezin for a Reason, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gage Marine, 1 Leichty Drive, Williams Bay. Surfers, tubers, wakeboarders and water-skiers brave icy waters to support Walworth County charities. Register at SantaCauses.org
Christmas Express train, Dec. 3-4, East Troy Electric Railroad Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. Magical train ride takes you to Santa's workshop located at the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago. Tickets: 262-642-3263, EastTroyRR.org
Yuletide Artisan Market, Dec. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Burlington Garden Center, 5205 Mormon Road, Burlington.
An Old World Christmas, Dec. 3-4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 19th-century celebration of Christmas tales and holiday customs, performances by holiday character and horse-drawn bobsled or wagon rides. Tickets at 262-594-6301, WisconsinHistory.org
Old World Foundation's Polish Holiday Dinner, Dec. 3-4, with 19th century celebration of Polish food, beverages, decorations and entertainment in the historic Clausing Barn loft. Includes admission to Old World Christmas. Tickets at 262-594-2922, WisconsinHistory.org