Santa House in Watertown, WI

Visit Santa’s House in the Main Street Plaza


The Hallmark Channel loves to remind us that there is no better place to spend the fall and winter months than in a quaint, small town. Whether it’s the fresh air and friendly faces, or the historic downtowns dressed in their holiday best, small town charm is what creates lasting memories on your family getaways. Watertown, Wisconsin will provide exactly that-with all the adventure you desire sprinkled in!  So, put down your devices and take a trip to Watertown to enjoy history, recreational fun, and the charm only a small town can provide during the holidays.

Charm Galore

During the month of December, participating downtown businesses decorate their storefronts in order to win the public’s vote for best holiday window. Enjoy the creativity and ambiance of this festive time of year. While enjoying our downtown, plan a stop at Santa House in the plaza. Santa is available on select nights to hear all your Christmas wishes. The house is wheelchair accessible for all to enjoy.


Watertown is full of family events throughout the season.  From an after-dark Christmas parade, to the live nativity shows and festive musical performances, to the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train that rolls into town to perform for a crowd, and so much more. You are sure to experience some holiday magic.

Play Outside

Looking for some recreational activities? Introduce the family to something new at the 21-hole Frisbee disc golf course in Watertown. It’s free and open year-round. Snow provides groomed cross country skiing trails at Brandt-Quirk Park, and cooler temperatures allow for ice skating at Heiden Pond, and Silver Creek Pond. Bring your camera to capture these special moments.

Play Inside

For those that prefer indoor experiences, Watertown has you covered. For the shopping enthusiast in your group, the city boasts antique, boutique, jewelry and gift shops throughout. While exploring the shops, take in the great architecture and stories of the nationally registered historic downtown. Find some extra time to roller skate at Skate Express Family Roller Rink, and be sure to take in a movie at the Towne Cinema, at the great family price of only $4.25 per person. Your family memories will last a lifetime!

Time to Eat

After all of your activities, you will be ready for some local food fare. Enjoy a sizzling Friday fish fry or steak dinner at Elias Inn. Wash it all down with a whiskey or brandy old fashioned, another Wisconsin tradition. Watertown is also home to Zwieg’s Grill, which serves up one of the best 101 Burgers in America. Finally, top off your meal with homemade ice cream made at Mullen’s Dairy Bar. You won’t go home hungry. It’s a promise!

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Robin Kaufmann is a member of the Jefferson County Tourism Council and manages the daily operations of the Watertown Tourism office.  She's a Watertown resident and the QUEEN of our Facebook content!