Christmas Comes to Jefferson County

Christmas in JeffCo

Prepare to have a whirlwind weekend in Jefferson County! The first weekend in December – 12/2 through 12/4 – presents an especially delightful menu of holiday opportunities in all of our charming communities. Parades, craft shows, home tours, concerts, baked goods – there are extraordinarily fun things to do for all ages!


November 01 – December 22, 2011 – A Fireside Christmas

Fireside ChristmasThe number one choice for Christmas entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people around the nation, A Fireside Christmas resumes its long history of beautiful singing, breath-taking dancing, gorgeous costumes, rib-tickling fun, and a spiritual commitment to the real meaning of the holiday. Seven shows weekly, see web site for specific times, prices and menus. Group rates and youth packages available.

Fort Atkinson – The Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Avenue (800) 477-9505 –

The Fireside Theatre


December 01 – 12, 2011 – Classic Christmas in Lake Mills

Antique Boy

The annual Classic Christmas weekend begins Friday, December 2, with the Tree Lighting ceremony at 6:00pm in Commons Park. Kick off the holiday season with music, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa.

This year, the Lake Mills Main Street Program, the Lake Mills Chamber of Commerce and many area churches and civic organizations have activities to celebrate a full 12 Days of Christmas. A calendar of events can be found at our local businesses, and also at

Enjoy craft shows, bake sales, holiday luncheons, a pottery fest, EMS Breakfast, Moravian Advent Concert, Tyranena Ladies’ Club Breakfast with Santa, Trinity Luncheon, an Angel Fair, concerts, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a Winston Churchill presentation, the First Annual Winter Market, and much more, including the return of the beloved Tour of Homes.

Our local businesses are excited to offer 12 Gifts – a collaboration between shoppers and retailers. Shop our local businesses from December 1 through 12, and you can fill out an entry form each time you make a purchase. Drop your completed entry form into the decorated gift box at participating merchants, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of 12 gifts. Drawings will take place after December 12, and winners will be notified. Shop Local!

Lake Mills – City Wide (920) 648-3585

Lake Mills


December 02, 2011 – Holiday Parade

Downtown Whitewater – Main St.

Whitewater (262) 473-2200


December 02 – 25, 2011 – Holiday Lights in Ripley Park

Time: Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 8pm
Friday & Saturday – 5pm – 9pm

Fee: $3.00 per car Sunday – Thursday;$4.00 per car Friday & Saturday

Bring your family and friends through this quaint light display that will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Drive through the winter scenery in the comfort of your car. Receive a free hot cocoa or cider when you bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Approximately a half mile of lights and displays will brighten up Ripley Park.

Cambridge – Ripley Park N4310 Park Rd.
(608) 423-8045 –


December 02 – 04, 2011 – Cambridge Country Christmas

Cambridge Country Christmas

Experience the original Country Christmas in the Victorian Village of Cambridge. Fabulous shopping in Victorian storefronts, free horse-drawn hayrides, take pictures with Santa’s real live reindeer Comet and Dasher (Sun), Elf Shelf Kids Activities and Shopping, Caroling, Cookies and Cocoa, Strolling Madrigal Singers, “It’s a Wonderful Life” Radio Play, “The Christmas Story” in song, Visits and photos with Santa, Holiday Lights Display at Lake Ripley Park , traditional tree lighting ceremony and more. Win a free Cambridge gift basket.

Download the complete Calendar of Events.

Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce

Cambridge (608) 423-3780 – Cambridge


December 02 – 05, 2011 – Happy Holly Days Weekend

Enjoys lots of special holiday events planned just for you and your family to start the holidays out right! Some events include: The annual Holiday Parade, Breakfast with Santa, several open houses, a live Nativity scene and much, MUCH more!

Whitewater – Downtown (262) 473-4005


December 03 & 04, 2011 – Fisher Family


The Fisher Family shares their faith through vocal and instrumental selections. This concert uniquely utilizes a wide range of percussion instruments including marching drums, steel drums, drum sets, marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, bells, chimes and timpani. Their voices blend into harmonious melody that brings joy to your heart and makes you wish you were one of their family members.

Dec 3rd is a 7:30pm performance; Dec 4th is a 3pm performance.

Jefferson – 700 W. Milwaukee Street

(920) 674-2179 – Council for the Performing Arts


December 03, 2011 – 16th Annual Parade of Lights in Jefferson

Parade downtown Jefferson 5:30pm. Santa will be available to meet with the children after the parade in his house!

Jefferson – Downtown Jefferson

(920) 674-4511 –


December 03, 2011 – Holiday Open House

Holiday Shopping Made Easy…Strolling Carollers

Find it in Fabulous Fort during the Merchants Holiday Open House in Fort Atkinson on Saturday, December 3. You’ll find wonderful gift ideas while visiting many festive shops. Enjoy holiday songs by strolling carolers and take a hayride with Santa. Sign up for the Holiday Red Box at participating merchants and enjoy in-store specials and refreshments.

FREE to everyone! All day event

Fort Atkinson – Retail establishments in Fort Atkinson

(920) 563-3210 –


December 03, 2011 – Lioness Christmas Parade

Line up at 4pm; parade at 5pm.

Chili sale, free hot cocoa & coffee

Palmyra – Main St. Palmyra (262) 495-2503


December 03, 2011 – It’ a Wonderful Life Dinner Theater

An old time radio version of the popular Christmas movie.

Contact Duke or Mary Jane for all the details.

Cambridge – Keystone Grill (608) 423-4379


December 03, 2011 – Waterloo Holiday Parade!

cookies and cocoaThe 2011 Waterloo Holiday Parade will be held on Dec. 3rd, 2011 at 4:30pm. The Parade will start out at Piggly Wiggly in Waterloo and head South on Monroe St. At the 4-corners, the Parade will take a right turn and end at F&M Bank. Immediately following the Parade a “Greet & Treat” will be held at the VFW building, located on South Monroe St. We will be serving cookies and warm beverages, free of charge. The trophies for first, second and third place in 3 categories: floats, vehicles and marchers/bands will be awarded. Santa will be anxiously waiting to meet all the little boys and girls and can’t wait to have his picture taken with them-also free of charge. There will be a very exciting LIVE auction happening as well, with the proceeds going to our local food pantry. There is NO CHARGE to enter the Waterloo Holiday Parade. We’d love to see you there!

Waterloo – (920) 809-1755


December 03 – 04, 2011 – Holiday Open House

Open during regular business hours throughout Whitewater.

Whitewater (262) 473-4005


December 03, 2011 – Gala Holiday Concert


The holiday season begins with the UW-Whitewater MusicGala Holiday Concert Department’s annual Gala Holiday Concert. A showcase of nearly all of the Department’s ensembles and small groups – this concert benefits the music student scholarship fund. The program provides a variety of holiday sounds from Gospel to Jazz with popular classical favorites. Arrive early to enjoy the small student ensembles perform throughout the lobby and the Fern Young Terrace or to bid on items in the silent auction.

Enjoy the Silent Auction, which runs from 7pm until the end of the intermission. Tickets are $15/$10 (over 65/under 18 and UW-W students). Add $2/ticket the night of performance to benefit the UW-Whitewater Music Department.

Whitewater – Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main St.

(262) 472-2222 – Young Auditorium


December 04, 2011 – Breakfast with Santa

Cambridge – Cambridge Elementary School, 802 Water Street (Hwy PQ)

(608) 423-8108 –


December 04, 2011 – United Methodist Church Christmas Concert

7pm – Palmyra – 122 N. Fifth St. (262) 495-4006


December 04, 2011 – Holiday Parade of Homes

Tour six homes that are decorated for Christmas.

Watertown – various locations in the city (920) 261-5185

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.