Get out and about this winter with the fam! Here are some great upcoming winter events in Eau Claire that are perfect for all the members of your household no matter the age.
1. Chippewa Valley Museum Holiday-Theme Escape Room
December 2021: Kick off the holiday season with something a little quirky, fun, and definitely nontraditional when it comes to holiday activities. Grab your family and head out to the Holiday-Themed escape room hosted by the Chippewa Valley Museum at the Schlegelmilch House! You're trapped in a room with Elf on the Shelf and you must find a way to escape so you can save the holidays! This is one mission that you will not want to fail. Reservations are required for this event, see additional details.
2. Clearwater Winter Parade & Fireworks
Friday, December 3, 2021: This is one holiday event that you and the kids will not want to miss! Once you've settled down from Thanksgiving festivities, come down to downtown Eau Claire for the Clearwater Winter Parade and fireworks! The parade is slated to start at 6 PM and will travel along West Grand Ave. and First Ave.
3. Haymarket Holiday
Saturday, December 4, 2021: Don't go far after the parade on Friday evening! Haymarket Holiday will take place at Haymarket Plaza the following day from 12-6 PM. There will be music, hot chocolate, cider, smores, and more! Better yet, all of this is completely FREE!
4. Christkindlemarkt at Lazy Monk Brewing
Saturday, December 4, 2021: If you are asking yourself, "How family-friendly can an event at a brewery be?" You clearly haven't been to Christkindlemarkt at Lazy Monk. The already very family-friendly brewery sets up its German-style Christmas Market outside of the building and you can peruse handmade gifts and treats such as chocolate, soaps, wooden wares and much more. It's a great way to find gifts for the holiday! This year's market will be open from 12-4 PM.
5. Parents Night Out
Friday, December 10, 2021: Drop off your potty-trained children-11 years old for a supervised movie night at The Fish House in Altoona, WI from 6-8 PM! Bring them dressed in their PJs and ready to watch a kid-friendly film! Brining a favorite stuffed animal, blanket and pillow are recommended. A snack and beverage will be served as well. Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 admission fee. To register, go to www.ci.altoona.wi.us or contact the Altoona Parks & Recreation Office at 715-839-5188.
January 14-15, 2022: This is THE event of the winter in Eau Claire, WI! The Silver Mine Ski Invitational and Annual Flying Eagles Invitational is set to take place at Silver Mine Hill on January 14-15, 2022! Come see skiers fly through the air as the athletes compete and take on the high-flying ski jump. Find more information on what to expect.
7. Banbury Art Crawl
February 4-5, 2022: Calling all the art-loving families! The annual Banbury Art Crawl brings together artists, artisans, and makers of all kinds from both near and far! Visitors walk through the historical hallways of Banbury Place and browse through hundreds of booths that feature everything from ceramics, sculptures, stained glass, jewelry, woodwork, photography, and MUCH more.
Bonus: Winter After Hours at Pinehurst Park
Tire out the kiddos for the night by taking them to Winter After Hours at Pinehurst Park! Winter After Hours will take place at Pinehurst Park on Thursdays from January 6-February 24, 2022 at 5-7 PM. The park center will be open and supervised, so bring the kids down for some sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, winter Kubb, music, and free hot chocolate. Snowshoe, sled, and skate rentals will be available first-come, first-serve while an attendant is present through the Wintermission Gear Share program. Learn more about why Pinehurst Park is the ultimate winter destination in Eau Claire!
While you're out and about at all of these events, make sure to snap a few photos and share them with us using #CaptureEC!