Get out and about this winter.
It's easy to get out of the house during the coldest months of the year in Eau Claire. Here are some great upcoming events, perfect for all the members of your household.
1. Let it Glow & Clearwater Parade: Nov. 30
This free event is the official kickoff to the holiday season. Once you've settled down from Thanksgiving festivities, come down to Phoenix Park and witness all the trees along the river light up for the season during Let It Glow. Afterward, stick around for fireworks, and then join in the parade across the newly illuminated bridge in the Grand Avenue district.
2. Christmastime in the City: Dec.1
Only in Eau Claire do you get not one, but two, different tree lighting ceremonies at Christmas time. Join the community, and Santa, of course, in the new Haymarket landing, and countdown to the official lighting of the city tree at Christmastime in the City. There's also horse-drawn carriages, hot cocoa and cookies for the crowd, so get ready to get festive.
3. Christkindlemarkt at Lazy Monk Brewing: Dec. 1 & 8
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 for two Saturday's, where you can peruse handmade gifts and treats such as chocolate, soaps and wooden wares. It's a great way to find gifts for the holiday!
4. Claymation Classics at Volume One - Dec. 2 & 9
Stop in The Local Store and check out classic Christmas movies on the big screen during Claymation Classics. The store and gallery will be showing Frosty the Snowman and then Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the following week. Bonus: you can even do some holiday shopping at the Local Store before or after the movies.
5. Light Up Eau Claire - Dec. 31
New Year's Eve in Eau Claire is one part Lismore, Australia, and a huge part Eau Claire heart and soul. Light Up Eau Claire features something for everyone. There's a lantern parade across downtown (a tradition we've picked up from our sister city Lismore, Australia), and many lantern making workshops in the weeks leading up to New Years. The night of the event, there's plenty of live music at different venues, fireworks at midnight and a gala if you are feeling fancy.
6. Winter After Hours - Thursday nights in Jan. & Feb.
The best part of winter happens after the new year. Every week, Winter After Hours takes over Pinehurst Park. There are plenty of outdoor activities for young and the young-at-heart. Included are your usual winter activities, such as ice skating, skiing and snowshoeing, but don't be afraid to try something new, such as fat tire biking or winter kubb. The night is free, just bring your winter gear. If you don't have your own, you can also rent ice skates and snowshoes there.
7. Banbury Art Crawl - Feb. 8 - 9
Now in its 10th year, Banbury will be full of over 100 different makers and artists that are sharing their creations with the Eau Claire community during the Banbury Art Crawl. If local art isn't enough to attract you, there's also food, music and live art demos during the event. Bring your walking shoes, because you'll see a lot of the old Uniroyal Tire Factory during the Art Crawl.
While you're enjoying all of these events, make sure to snap pictures and share them with us using #CaptureEC.