The holiday season is in full swing and full of all the festive, celebratory goodness families could hope for. Whether it’s as simple as a mug of hot cocoa from places like the SweetSpot Bakehouse in Whitewater or the Brickhaus Café in Jefferson or driving down community main streets to see their seasonal decor, we’ve got the entertainment ideas happening from now through the end of the month to lift up your holiday spirits. Check out some of our favorites!

Lighting up the Holidays

Spend some quality family time driving around the area taking in all the amazing holiday light displays! Grab a hot beverage from your favorite spot, pile into the car, and turn up the Christmas music for hours of wonderment and fun.

Deck the House – all around Jefferson County: Today – December 27th

If you can’t get enough of the magic of holiday lights, pack the family in your car and take a drive around the participating cities for Deck the House! Participating parks departments, chambers of commerce, tourism entities, and community homes are ready to inspire joy. Vote for your favorite by December 19th. Grab the map here.

Winter Nights, River Light in Jefferson: Today-December 31st

Want a place you can get out of the car and walk around enjoying over 30,000 lights? Stop by Jefferson Rotary Park where you can enjoy the lights strung by volunteers from the Jefferson Live Music Foundation.

Lake Ripley Park Holiday Lights Display: Today-December 31st

Head over to Lake Ripley Park in Cambridge for a quaint light display you can drive through. The approximately half-mile of holiday lights set up are sure to put you in a holiday spirit! Donations accepted to keep the magic going for years to come!

Holiday experiences that are sure to lift your spirits!

There are some great holiday performances happening around the area that are sure to warm your heart and put a twinkle in your eye!

Holiday Inn at the Fireside TheaterFort Atkinson, WI: Through December 23rd

Based on the classic film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN comes to The Fireside in celebration of all the holidays of the year. This joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “White Christmas,” and many more. Prices vary based on the show/mealtime.

Home for the Holidays – Palmyra, WI: December 18th

Add Home for the Holidays at Old World Wisconsin to your annual traditions and connect with the historical traditions of our beloved state. From learning the stories behind our contemporary celebrations to sipping wassail, you’ll experience unparalleled holiday warmth and joy. Tickets are $14 (kids) and $20 (adults). Event is 10a-4p.

Holiday Jazz Performance – Lake Mills, WI: December 23

Fancy yourself a night of musical entertainment, good food, and a cocktail or craft brew? Wrangle the pals and pop into Pyramid Event Venue for a night of holiday jazz with Ryan Meisel. Fun fact: They have award-winning pizza! Show is 6p-9p.

Celebrating the New Year in high style!

We are all due for some grand celebrating and you can find some great ways to usher in the New Year around Jefferson County!

New Year’s Eve 7 Course Dinner – Whitewater, WI: December 31st

A 7-course dinner in celebration of incoming 2022 at the beloved farm-to-table restaurant The Black Sheep = mouth-watering goodness and full, happy bellies and hearts. Seatings are at 5:30p, 7p, and 8:30p. Reserve now and come hungry!

New Year’s Eve Party – Watertown, WI: December 31st

Ring in the new year with live music by Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns, appetizers, party favors, and a champagne toast with balloons dropping at midnight. Held at Turner Hall, you have an excuse to dress up and dance your butt off! The event is put on by Watertown Main Street Program and is from 8p-12:30a. Tickets are $45.

Ballroom with people dancing

Watertown New Year’s Eve Party 2019

Ring in the New 2022 at the Fireside Theater – Fort Atkinson, WI: December 31st

Break out the champagne, dust off the party hats, sing, dance, and ring in a brand-new year at The Fireside Theater’s New Year’s celebration. Enjoy Steve Watts and his four-piece band along with a group of The Fireside’s favorite performers in a fast-paced, heart-pounding, fun-filled, musical celebration. Two shows only, book your dinner theater package before they are all gone!

Cheers, all! Merry holidays and happy New Year!