December Delights: Our Event Picks

December. Some might say it’s the most Wisconsin time of the year. We leave hibernation to da bears, get out there and celebrate the heck outta the season. We polka like nobody’s watching and eat curds like we’ve never been in a curd-coma. And in between, we gather at awesome December events all around the state. Here are some of our faves:

In early December at Holidazzle in Beloit, dozens of on-site artists transform the shops of downtown into a winter wonderland of artisan boutiques, where you can finish your Christmas shopping in style. Live music, holiday treats and children’s activities make this a fun night for the whole family.

Hearthstone Historic House in Appleton invites you to celebrate their Hearthstone Musical Victorian Christmas celebrations, Thursday through Sunday, from late November thru mid-January. Decorations will be themed around Victorian Christmas carols, and a special Thomas Edison exhibit will feature Edison Disc records and an original box of electric lights. Fun fact: Edison played a leading role in Hearthstone’s story: In 1882, Hearthstone became the world’s first home lit by hydroelectric power, courtesy of Appleton’s new power station built on the Edison system – the first in the nation. 

In early December, visit Cave of the Mounds in Blue Mounds for Caroling at the Cave. Choirs will fill the cave’s awe-inspiring acoustics with music and Santa himself will be visiting. (Performance times vary, so check the website for details.) And every Sunday in December, the cave hosts a special Sing-Along Cave Tour at 1:30. At special stops along the tour route, sing along with seasonal favorites and experience the special ways sound travels through the space. Cave of the Mounds is Travel Green Wisconsin Certified.

At the junction of Christmas and New Year’s fun, you’ll find the Boulder Junction Between the Holiday Celebration. This outdoor event in late December embraces the wintry weather with ice skating, sledding, live music, fireworks, a chili feed and wagon rides. When Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, head straight to the warming hut for a hot cocoa beside the bonfire.

The people of Prairie du Chien are dropping a carp, and we’re all invited. On New Year’s Eve, “Lucky” the frozen carp will usher in the New Year, at the annual Droppin’ of the Carp. “May I kiss the carp,” you ask? Why yes, in fact it’s encouraged. Festivities also include food, music, a bonfire and a carp piñata. Simply carptastic.

If dropping carp sounds a little fishy to you, try the New Year’s Eve Party and Big Cheese Drop at the Plymouth Arts Center. The Plymouth Fire Department’s 100-foot ladder truck will lower an

80-pound wedge of cheese to ring in the New Year, while partygoers drink complimentary hot chocolate below (well, not directly below).

May all your December days be merry and bright. For more tips on making the most of them, check our Winter Playlist.

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