Through December 22, 2013 – A FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS 2013

Fireside Christmas 2013For almost twenty years, The Fireside has presented the area’s most beautiful and original musical revues in celebration of the most joyous holiday of the year.  Each year The Fireside’s Christmas offering has become, without question, the most popular and sought-after show of the season. It’s always gorgeous; it’s always entertaining; it’s always filled with inspiration and love. It always has a new look, a new sound, new music, new choreography, new costumes, new settings, and a new, fabulous cast of performers. What doesn’t change from year to year is our everlasting dedication to artistic quality and the true meaning of Christmas.

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday Matinee arrival 10:30am, Thursday & Saturday Evening arrival 5:00pm, Sunday midday 2:30pm.

The Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Avenue, Fort Atkinson




Through January 1, 2014 – Holiday Lights in Ripley Park

Holiday LightsSunday – Thursdays 5pm-8pm

Friday & Saturday 5pm-9pm

Bring your family and friends through this quaint light display that will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  From the comfort of your own car drive through the half mile of winter scenery and beautiful lights. Receive a free hot cocoa when you bring a non-perishable food item for the Cambridge food pantry.

Sundays – Thursdays – $3.00 per car; Fridays and Saturdays – $4.00 per car


Cambridge – Ripley Park – 608-423-8108


December 6-8, 2013 – Cambridge Annual Pop-Up Gallery 

Pop-Up CambridgeThe Cambridge Arts Council presents the second annual Pop Up Art Gallery December 6, 7 & 8.  The building at 210 W Main Street in Cambridge, WI will be turned into an art gallery for the weekend.

The opening reception will be Friday, December 6 from 6pm until 9pm, and all are welcome.  During the opening reception there will be music by Kurt Griesmer, appetizers and refreshments, and the artists will be present to discuss their art.  The gallery will be open Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 10am until 3pm.

Many activities will also take place in the gallery space including a gingerbread house contest, Chef Gene Gowan will be giving a holiday food demonstration, there will be youth music, the elementary school Drama Club will be performing, and other classes and activities will be conducted throughout the weekend.

Cambridge – 210 West Main St




December 6-8, 2013 – Legendary Classic Christmas 

Christmas 16Many great events happen this weekend around Lake Mills.  Friday night will be the Tree Lighting in  Commons Park with Santa visits for the children.

Saturday starts with the EMS Breakfast, two craft shows in town – one at 505 Reed St. and the other one at the Rock Lake Activity Center.  If you need cookies, stop at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for their Cookie Walk.  Rock Lake Activity Center will also hold their annual Tour of Homes. If you need lunch, the Trinity Lutheran Church hosts its Holiday Luncheon, or if you are looking for a dinner idea, TT’s Timeout will have it monthly Steak and Shrimp fundraiser for Relay for Life.

Sunday, take time for the Moravian Advent Concert and the Christmas play at Lewis Station Winery.

Lake Mills



December 6-8, 2013 – Cambridge Country Christmas

Camb Country XmasExperience the magic of Cambridge Country Christmas from Friday 12/6 to Sunday 12/8. There will be the majestic tree lighting ceremony and the much anticipated arrival of Santa Claus plus the opening of the Cambridge Arts Council Pop-Up Gallery opening reception with live music Friday evening.

There is an Elf Shelf all weekend long with fun kids activities. There will be free horse-drawn hayrides on Saturday & Sunday, a live nativity scene, strolling Madrigal singers, Breakfast with Santa, pet photos with Santa and more.

Visit the Mistletoe Emporium and Craftin’ in Cambridge crafters area at the old Prescott building, 149 W. Main (Sat & Sun) where kids can enjoy gingerbread house building, visits and photos with Santa, Dress Up Vintage Photo Shoots and a snowball toss game.

The 2013 Country Christmas ornament made by Rowe Pottery Works will be available for purchase at the Emporium also. Make a Victorian ornament and have sweet treat at the Cambridge Historic School Museum.

The Pop Up Gallery will have cooking demos, a guitar clinic, a gingerbread house contest, and performance of “A Christmas Carol”. There will also be a live reading of “Written Right Here” stories by local authors.

Take a walk or drive through the spectacular holiday lights display at Ripley Park through December. Santa will announce the winners of the Cash for Christmas Raffle and Cambridge Chamber Cheermeister awards at noon on Sunday 12/8.

Cambridge – Downtown




December 7, 2013 – Merchants Holiday Open House

Enjoy refreshments served by shopkeepers, strolling carolers, and hayrides with Santa. Enter the Holiday Red Box drawings at participating merchants for a chance to win Chamber Gift Certificates and the Merchants Giant Gift Box Give Away.

Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce and retail establishments.

Fort Atkinson




December 7, 2013 – Fort Winter Farmers & Art Market

Winter Farmers Market Goals: Our goal is to create a welcoming environment with activities that will produce a fantastic holiday shopping experience. Our commitment is to the small farmer/producer and local artisan. December 7th is dedicated to providing opportunities for our greater community to SHOP LOCAL for all of their holiday needs.

Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce, Fort Atkinson, WI

(920) 563-3210



December 7, 2013 – 7th Annual Pets Light Up Our World 

Jef Vet ClinicPet Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Saturday, December 7 2 – 4 PM at the Jefferson Veterinary Clinic.

Add an ornament ‘In Honor of” or ‘In Memory of’ a beloved pet. minimum donation $2.00. Ornaments available now at the Jefferson Veterinary Clinic.

Quilt Raffle $5/ticket or 3 tickets for $10. Drawing will be on December 7 at 4 PM. Need not be present to win.



Jefferson – Jefferson Veterinary Clinic, 959 W Racine Street




December 7, 2013 – 18th Annual Parade of Lights 

18th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights, downtown Jefferson at 5:30pm. Refreshments, entertainment and Santa will be available after the parade.  Sponsored by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.

5:30 pm




December 7, 2013 – Hayrides with Santa 

Santa is coming to Badger Bank! Visit us on Saturday, December 7th at our Fort Atkinson Branch (220 Grant Street) to get your wishes in! Santa will be in attendance from 10am to 1pm.

FREE Horse Drawn Hayrides, FREE Sweets and Treats!

10am to 1pm

Fort Atkinson – Badger Bank – 220 Grant Street



Katie Otto is a freelance writer who provides JCTC with some spectacular content and information. She's previously held the role of Secretary for the Jefferson County Tourism Council, has assembled our Monthly Newsletter and was the Executive Director for the Lake Mills Main Street Program, a non-profit community organization that is dedicated to the preservation, growth and vitality of Lake Mills through public events and active community involvement.