In the midst of the holiday season, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by all the wonderful events going on throughout the area. That’s why we are here to give you a round-up of what's happening in Altoona in the next coming months. Check out what's going on and make sure to mark your calendars! 

1. Breakfast with Santa | Saturday, December 2, 2023

Remain calm... Santa Claus is indeed coming to town! Round up your family and join Santa Claus himself for breakfast at River Prairie Center from 9-11 AM on Saturday, December 2. Children will be able to make a Christmas ornament and families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry. Due to the popularity of this event and limited seating, all guests are required to pre-register. Registration deadline is Monday, November 27, 2023, or when seats are full. *NOTE: The 2023 Breakfast with Santa event is sold out.*

2. Holiday Glow Tree Lighting | Sunday, December 3, 2023

Come see the holiday tree in River Prairie Park as it gets ceremoniously lit for the season! From 5:30-7:00 PM, there will be holiday treats, horse-drawn wagon rides through the park, art vendors, Christmas crafts, hot beverages and Christmas carols! Sounds like River Prairie is the place to be this holiday season!

3. Parents Night Out | Friday, December 8, 2023

Parents need a night to themselves every once in a while! Plan a date night on December 8 and drop your kiddos (potty trained to 11 years old) off at The Fish House in Altoona City Park from 6 to 8 PM. Have them come dressed in their PJs with their favorite stuffed animal, pillow and blanket so they can get comfy for a movie! Sounding like something you would like to take advantage of? Register your child over at the Altoona Parks and Recreation website with a $5 admission fee. Then, treat yourself to a kid-free evening!

4. US Crokicurl Championships | Saturday, January 27, 2024

It's back for its third year! The US Crokicurl Championships are set to take place on Saturday, January 27, 2024, on the Front Porch Plaza in River Prairie Park. It is open to 2 players per team, ages 16 and up. Play will be double elimination with 3 out of 5 rounds being played per match in the winner's bracket and 2 out of 3 rounds being played per match in the consolation bracket. The registration deadline is Thursday, January 25th at 12 PM. The start time of the tournament will take place in the morning but is yet to be determined based on the number of teams registered. Stay up to date with deadlines and information on River Prairie's Facebook page! Need to learn how to play first? Get everything you need to know here

This small guide is simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to events going on in the Chippewa Valley. Check out what other jubilant events you and your family can partake in on our event calendar! Don’t forget to capture each moment and post on social media with #CaptureEC and #RiverPrairie. We can’t wait to see all of the memories being made.

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