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16th Annual Christmastime in the City

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Downtown's South Barstow District

Join us for our 16th Annual Christmastime in the City Celebration!


Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

1:00 pm - 3:45 pm at The State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St

Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of their elves will fly in to Downtown's State Theatre to visit with kids. Enjoy crafts and a special treat! Santa will be reading "Twas The Night Before Christmas" at 2:30pm.

And receive a coupon for a special Holiday Lunch at The Plus (see below).


Rock Around the Christmas Tree

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm on Eau Claire Street outside the State Theatre

Warm your heart and soul with free hot cocoa, cookies, firepits, and live music! Enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides throughout Downtown!


Holiday Lunch

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St

Bring your coupon to The Plus and receive a pizza buffet and soda for only $5. Coupon good on Saturday, December 2nd from 1:00 - 4:30pm only.


Tree Lighting Ceremony

4:30 pm at the corner of S. Barstow and Eau Claire St.

Downtown's Christmas Tree comes to life with the help of Santa and Mrs. Claus!



Spend the whole day in Downtown Eau Claire!


Shop Local with Downtown Businesses

All day

Explore our wonderful and diverse Downtown small businesses! Your holiday shopping will be done in no time!


Christmas Cookie Walk

9:00 am at Christ Church Cathedral, 510 S. Farwell St

Wonderful Christmas aromas and music set the scene for this special Cookie Walk. A beautiful and delicious assortment of cookies, candies, and other holiday goodies for sale. Go early for the best selection.


Holiday Art Fair

9:00 am - 4:30 pm at The Janet Carson Gallery, 316 Eau Claire St

Functional pottery, warm winter scarves, beeswax candles, shiny, shiny jewelry, fine art, beautifully framed photography, metal sculptures, greeting cards, and so much more all at affordable prices!


Saturday Morning Kids Series with Joanne Linden

10:00 am at The Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St

Each Saturday morning we will have a special guest on hand to read a story or two in the V1 Gallery. Afterwards kids can pick from a handful of local coloring pages to color here or at home and enter to win a $50 Local Store Gift Card. After kids turn in their drawings, they will be up on for public voting.


3rd Annual Holiday Toy Trains

10:00 am at the Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 E. Half Moon Dr

Featuring standard gauge trains running on 384 square feet of track all decked out for the holidays. Night trains on Tuesday and Thursday. Preschool age activities include Thomas the Tank Engine toy trains and track. More family activities on Thursdays & Saturdays. More info at


Nick's Wood Shop Pop-Up Shop

10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Red's Mercantile, 224 N Dewey St

Spreading knives, cutting boards, soap dishes + more - all handcrafted in Eau Claire by Nick Endle, the maker who created Nick's Wood Shop. Nick will be showcasing more than his usual wares at Red's. Find perfect gifts for your parents, in-laws or those hard to buy for gifts.


Weekend Brunch with Musical Guest Shane Leonard

10:00 am - 1:00 pm at The Lakely, 516 Galloway St

In addition to his evening jazz sets at The Lakely, check out Shane's brunch sets featuring American folk music, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. Stop by for midwestern brunch classics and classic and original morning drinks.


Men of Clay

10:00 am - 5:00 pm at B~Framed Galleries, 313 S Barstow St

Featuring John Onkka of St. Croix county and John Clazmer from Racine, WI. Onkka's career spans over 40 years with one-of-a-kind wall murals and landscape-inspired stoneware. Clazmer specializes in Raku and wood fired pottery but also creates wheel-thrown stoneware.


Family Story Time

10:15 am at The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St

Stories, songs and fun for the whole family, designed to ignite children's language and brain development.


Yarn Dying Class

10:30 am & 1:30 pm at Blue Boxer Arts, 416 S Barstow St

Join indie dyer Chelsey Burdt of DarnYarnMN and dye your very own hank of yarn to take home with you. Just in time to knit or crochet up that special project for Christmas! Bring your knitting or crochet to work on while the dye sets. Limited spots available, so sign up today.


Eau Claire Children's Theatre presents Madeline's Christmas

11:00 am & 1:30 pm at The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Ave

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." So begins this delightful story of Madeline's Christmas! Based on the beloved children's book this is the perfect musical treat for the entire family to start the holiday season. Click here for more info and to buy tickets.



12:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Lazy Monk Brewing, 97 W Madison Ave

Lazy Monk Brewing is excited to bring to the Chippewa Valley a true German Christkindlmarkt! The first three Saturdays in December we will bring you an outdoor shopping market for your holiday gift giving. Vendors include local potters, cheese makers, handcrafted wooden gifts, handcrafted soaps, and other locally made products for your buying pleasure. Click here for more details.


Shakers and Makers: American Folk Art and Beyond Art Exhibit

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Galaudet Gallery, 618 South Farwell St

This eclectic art exhibit begins with art made by 1800’s Shakers alongside fine artists of today and makers of our region. Challenging stereotypes of both folk art and fine art brings fun and interesting art into Galaudet Gallery.


A Month of 8x8": Jo Burke and Jody Balow

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm at 200 Main Gallery, 200 Main St

Jo Burke and Jody Balow, owners of 200 Main Gallery in downtown Eau Claire have embarked on a 30 day challenge, each creating an 8x8" piece of art each day of November. View the work that is inspired each day - by events, inspirations, activities and insights.


Teen Pinterfest Gifts

1:30 am - 3:00 pm at The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St

Teens are invited to spend their afternoon creating awesome Pinterest-inspired crafts to give as holiday gifts – or keep. Registration required. Register online at


Dinner Jazz: Tim Sullivan

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at The Lakely, 516 Galloway St

Since graduating from Memorial High School in 2002, Tim's musical journey has taken him around the world. Living in Chicago, New Orleans, and New York City, he has been fortunate to work with a wide array of artists, ranging from Aretha Franklin to funk legend Fred Wesley to nearly a dozen NEA Jazz Masters.


The Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra presents Horns for the Holidays

7:30 pm at The State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St

Who says holiday music is boring? The CVJO will make you tap your feet and hum along as we bring a ton of holiday spirit to our December concert. Click here for tickets.



















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