2017 Holiday Activities | Green Bay and the Surrounding Areas

2017 Holiday EventsSo many wonderful and festive events in the area this time of year! What is your favorite?

If we missed an event you think others will enjoy this holiday season email us at [email protected]

Frosty Forest | Appleton

When: November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30; December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 
Where: Third floor of The Fox Cities Building for the Arts
Time:  Thursdays4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30; Friday through Sunday 11:00, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, 1:30
Details: Frosty Forest is a holiday scavenger hunt for kids. Upon entrance, children will be given a map. They will be looking for special holiday items along the way. Once they are finished, they will receive a small gift, a holiday cookie and have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa! There will be photo opportunities with costume characters on select days. Check website for character days. Children 3 and up – $5 (max of 2 adults per child ticket purchased); Children 2 and under – FREE

Merry-Time Festival of Trees | Sturgeon Bay

When: November 11 – December 12
Where: Door County Maritime Museum
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Details: The museum will boast beautiful trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. Adults are $10. Children are free with nominal donation to Cana Island Restoration Project.

Santa is Waiting, Baypark Square Mall | Green Bay

When: November 11 – December 24
Where: Baypark Square Mall
Time: See website for times.
Details: Santa will be at the Younkers wing

Photos with Santa, Fox River Mall | Appleton

When: November 11 – December 24
Where: Fox River Mall
Time: See website for times.
Details: Santa will be at the Macy’s wing

Festival of Trees | Green Bay

When: November 16-January 7
Where: National Railroad Museum
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Details: Enjoy the museum’s indoor train exhibits and see more than 40 trees decorated by local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Museum admission is reduced to $5.00 per person during the Festival of Trees.

A Christmas Carol | Green Bay

When: November 16-18
Where: Riverside Ballroom
Time: 6 pm Dinner, 7 pm  Show (Thurs & Fri); Noon lunch, 1 pm show (Sat)
Details: Meal and Show : $44/person; Show only: $30/person

Jim Brickman-A Joyful Christmas | Appleton

When: November 16
Where: Fox Cities PAC
Time: 7:30 pm
Details: Tickets start at $29.

Evergleams on Eighth | Manitowoc

When: November 17-January 7
Where: Downtown Manitowoc
Daytime tours at 11 am or 1:30 pm. Twilight tourse at 4, 5, and 6 pm.
Details: Learn about the Evergleam Aluminum tree that started a national craze in 1959. Trolley tours avaialable November 25 or  December 16. Trolley times at 11 am or 1:30 pm during the day or  twilight tours at 4, 5, and 6 pm.

Christkindlmarkt | Kewaunee

When: November 17-18
Where: Lakehaven Hall
Time: Friday, 3-9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Details: Enjoy an old-fashioned German Christmas market held at the historic Lakehaven Hall!  

Nutcracker in the Castle | Oshkosh

When: November 17-January 8
Where: The Paine
Time: Various
Details: $12/Adult, $8/Child, Members FREE for self-guided tours. See website for guided tour and candlelight tour rates. Friday, November 17th from 4:30-7:30 pm children are FREE with a paid adult for a candlelight tour. Toy donation is encouraged.

Santa’s Calling | Appleton Residents Only

When: November 17-December 1
Where: Appleton Parks and Rec or Appleton Public Library
Time: Santa will make calls Monday, December 4; Preschool & Kindergarten from 5-7 p.m. and Grades 1 & 2 from 7-8 p.m
Details: This program is offered by Appleton Parks and Recreation for Appleton children ages 3-8 (Pre K – 2).  Your child may receive a telephone call directly from Santa Claus! Complete a Santa Calling form and return in to our office or submit it online to [email protected] Forms are also available at Customer Service or the Appleton Public Library. Deadline to complete form is December 1st.


Breakfast with the Grinch | Oshkosh

When: Saturday, November 18th
Where: Oshkosh Convention Center
Time: 2 sessions. 8:30 am & 10:00 am
Details: Enjoy a Green Eggs & Ham theme buffet with the Grinch himself! Ticket price includes: buffet breakfast with one beverage, a Grinch color sheet, word puzzle, bookmark, and 5×7 picture with the Grinch! 3 and under are FREE. Ages 4-10 are $6 and  11 and older are $14.

Whoville Holiday | Oshkosh

When: Saturday, November 18th
Where: Downtown Oshkosh
Time: 8:30 am – 4 pm
Details: Whoville themed activities/specials will be offered throughout Downtown Oshkosh. Enjoy carriage rides and free showings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Time Community Theatre.

Pancakes with Pup Patrol | Green Bay

When: November 18
Where: Backstage at the Meyer Theatre and Black & Tan
Time: Times vary by location
Details: Meet the characters and take photos in the complimentary professional photo-booth, take part in children’s activities, and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Ticket includes reserved VIP seating at the beginning of the 34th Annual Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade

Christmas on the Farm | Kewaunee

When: November 18-19
Where: Agricultural and Heritage Resources, Inc
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Details: Enjoy delicious baking and food, children’s acitivites, and more! Christmas on the Farm is part of the Kewaunee Chamber’s Christmas Stroll, so stop on in and get your stamp! Local vendors will be on hand, so plan to get some of your shopping done.

Holiday Extravaganza | Green Bay

When: November 18
Where: Children’s Museum of Green Bay
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Details: Visit with Santa and Bruce the Spruce! Enjoy Christmas carols, BINGO with police officers and fire fighters, and more!

Children’s Only Shop | Green Bay

When: November 18, 24-25; December 2, 9, 16, 20
Where: Neville Public Museum
Time: Times vary by date
Details: Let the kids get their shopping done in this re-creation of the Prange’s holiday experience from yesteryear. Children ages 4 -12 can purchase holiday gifts at $3 each and have them gift-wrapped.

Deck the Halls | Oshkosh

When: November 18-December 31
Where: Oshkosh Public Museum
Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm; Sunday 1-4:30 pm
Details: Come view the historic Sawyer home decorated in its holiday splendor. Also, enjoy the life-size Christmas Village exhibit. Under 18 FREE; Adults $3.50

Santa’s Calling | Ashwaubenon Residents Only

When: November 20-December 4
Where: Forms available at Rec Office, Ashwaubenon HS Pool or the library. Completed forms must be returned to Parks and Rec office by December 4
Time: Calls will be placed on Thursday, December 7th from 5-7 pm
Details: Make your child’s Christmas a little brighter with a call from Santa!

Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet | Green Bay

When: November 24, 25, 26
Where: The Meyer Theatre
Time: Friday and Saturday: 1 & 7 pm; Sunday: 1 pm
Details: Enjoy the holiday classic. Tickets start at $17.50.

Holly Days | Downtown Egg Harbor

When: November 24-25
Where: Downtown Egg Harbor
Time: Friday, 8:30 am – 4pm; Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
Details: Enjoy breakfast with Santa, carriage rides, several children’s activities, wine tastings, and more. 

The Nutcracker | De Pere

When: November 24, 25, 26
Where: Webb Theatre, St. Norbert’s Campus
Time: Friday 7 pm, Sturday 2 & 7 pm; Sunday 2 pm
Details: Enjoy the holiday classic. Tickets start at $18

Avenue of Lights Lighting | Oconto Falls

When: November 25
Where: East Side Beach
Time: 6 pm and lights and Santa arrives at 6:30 pm
Details: Annual lighting of the lights and a visit from Santa. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and music.

Fang’s Holiday Extravaganza | Appleton

When: November 26
Where: Timber Rattlers Stadium (Neuroscience Group Field)
Time: 10:30 am – 1 pm
Details: Free event. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookie decorating, and more. Please participating in hat and mitten drive. More details on the website.

Manheim Steamroller Christmas | Appleton

When: November 26
Where: Fox Cities PAC
Time: 6:30 pm
Details: Tickets start at $65

A Frank’s Christmas | Green Bay

When: December 1-23
Where: Meyer Theatre
Time: various
Details: Tickets $33. Let’s Be Frank Productions presents their spin on Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Always a good time!

Grignon Mansion Christmas Tours | Kaukauna

When: December 1-3, 8-10
Where: Grignon Mansion
Time: Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 1-7 pm, Sunday Noon-4 pm
Details: Admissions: $8 Adults, $5 Ages 6-17, Ages 5 & Under Free. Enjoy candlelight tours after dark, live music, crafts, cookie decorating, hot spiced cider and eggnog samples. There will be trolley rides by Lamers on Saturday from 4pm – 7pm and horse-drawn carriage rides by First Hitch on Sunday from 12:30pm– 4:30pm.

A Very Neenah Christmas | Downtown Neenah

When: December 1
Where: Downtown Neenah
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Details: Downtown store fronts are transformed into live mannequin displays featuring holiday and winter scenes. Events for the whole family.

1st Annual Cookies with Santa | Green Bay 

When: December 2
Where: YWCA Greater Green Bay
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm
Details: Green Bay ARea Moms Blog is hosting its 1st Annual Cookies with Santa. Tickets are $7/child. Adults free with non-perishable item.  Ticket includes 1 downloadable image with Santa, interactive family games, face painting, crafts, cookies and hot chocolate. Hope to see you there!

Christmas in the Air | Oshkosh

When: December 2
Where: EAA Aviation Museum
Time: Breakfast 8-9:30 am; General Event 10 am – 4 pm
Details: Enjoy music, dance and other holiday festivities. Santa arrives by helicopter! Enjoy breakfast with Santa.  Cost is $10/child (4 and under free), Adults $15. Reservations required.

Christmas in the Village | Mishicot

When: December 2
Where: EAA Aviation Museum
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Details: Enjoy wagon rides, activities, food, and shopping. Breakfast with Santa prior at Fox Hills Resort  8-10:30. Tickets fro breakfast are  $8 in advance 3 & up, $9 at the door. 

Santa on the Tugboat | Sturgeon Bay

When: December 2
Where: Door County Maritime Museum
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Details: Join Santa onboard the historic tugboat John Purves to share your Christmas wishes. Due to the size of the tug, only two adults can accompany each child. Adult museum admission includes Santa visit. Featuring children’s entertainer, Randy Peterson.

Celebrate Christmas with Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey | Green Bay

When: December 2
Where: Weidner Center
Time: 7 pm
Details: Tickets $19-$59

Holiday Pops | Green Bay 

When: December 8-9
Where: Weidner Center
Time: Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 2:30 pm
Details: Dudley Birder Chorale of SNC joins forces with 90 vocals of Birder Studio of the Performing Arts along with with Holiday Pops OrchestraTickets $8.50-$58

Holiday Fest and Breakfast with Santa | Green Bay

When: December 9
Where: NEW Zoo
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Details: Meet Santa, enjoy free games activities. Breakfast served until noon. 

Pinecrest Christmas | Manitowoc

When: December 9
Where: Pinecrest Historical Village
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Details: This year’s theme: World War 1 Christmas. Experience Christmas during this era with war-themed holiday activities. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, under age 5 is free. 

Breakfast with Santa | Green Bay

When: December 10
Where: Beja Shrine Center
Time: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Details: Cost is $7/adult, $4/Child (6-12), 5 and under FREE. Take pictures with Santa and decorate cookies in addition to breakfast

Snow Sisters Sing-a-long | Oshkosh

When: December 10
Where: Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club
Time: 10:45 am – Noon
Details: Enjoy singing, dancing, and audience participation. Ticket admission is $9 for everyone older than 1.

Holiday Fun Fest | Appleton

When: December 16
Where: Downtown Appleton
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Details:  Enjoy games, wagon rides, children’s activities, visits with Santa and the Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market inside City Center (part of Farmers Market). 

Winter Solstice 2017 | Sherwood

When: December 16
Where: Wanick Choute Park
Time: 4-7 pm
Details: Free photos with Santa, local carolers, a tree lighting ceremony, large communal bonfire, and complimentary hot beverages for attendees. Canned food or monetary donation enters you i drawing to win prizes from lcoal businesses.

The Nutcraker | Appleton

When: December 16-17
Where: Fox Cities PAC
Time: 7:30 pm
Details : Tickets start at $25

Snow Sisters Sing-a-long| Green Bay

When: December 17
Where: The Meadows Conference Center
Time: 3:15-4:30 pm 
Details: Enjoy singing, dancing, and audience participation. Ticket admission is $9 for everyone older than 1.

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