Through December 23, 2018 – Elf The Musical

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy is now a must-see holiday musical. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true spirit of Christmas. This modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf!

Seven shows weekly Wednesday through Sunday
The Fireside Dinner Theatre – 1131 Janesville Avenue, Fort Atkinson, 800-477-9505


Through December 20, 2018 – SHOP LOCAL LATE – Thursday Nights in Cambridge

You asked – we listened! Back by popular demand, Cambridge businesses are offering extended shopping hours on Thursday nights now through Christmas!

We know to-do lists fill up fast during the holiday season so we’re making it easier for you to SHOP LOCAL and find unique gifts for your family, friends, coworkers, teachers and holiday party hosts. Now through Christmas, select downtown Cambridge retailers will be extending their hours and staying open late on Thursday evenings until 8pm.

Please visit our SHOP LOCAL LATE event page on Facebook for a list of Cambridge businesses that will be open until 8pm on Thursday nights.

Hosted by Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
10am-8pm, Cambridge


Through December 14, 2018 – Watertown Window Wonderland

Watertown Tourism and the Watertown Main Street Program are proud to bring you “Watertown Window Wonderland.”  Over 20 downtown shops have decorated their storefront windows in an attempt to win your vote as the best holiday window.  Ballots can be picked up at any of the participating shops.  Choose your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd favorite, and drop off your ballot at the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce or the Watertown Public Library.  Gather the family and stroll our historic downtown, enjoying the holiday displays made just for you.  It is sure to be Watertown’s most festive season yet! Voting starts now and ends on December 14th at 5pm.  Happy Holidays!

Watertown – East Main Street


Through December 15, 2018 – Christmas in Lake Mills 

Find fun things to do all three December weekends leading up to December 25!
Lake Mills


Through December 19, 2018 – Santa House Visiting Hours in Watertown

Preparations are underway for Santa Claus to return to Watertown for his first official visit of 2018 on Saturday, Nov. 24 following the Christmas Parade of Lights. Santa’s house will be located this season in the parking lot next to Mullen’s Dairy Bar, 212 W. Main St. We are excited about this move as it will provide a warm, indoor venue for families as they wait to see Santa. Plus, who doesn’t love ice cream!

The community is invited to visit Santa in his house on:

  • Saturday, Nov. 24, 7-8 p.m. (following the parade)
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 10, 3-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 13, 4-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Please note that these dates/times are subject to change due to weather conditions at the North Pole.

Mullen’s Dairy Bar – 212 W Main Street, Watertown, 920-342-3623


Through December 2, 2018 – Cambridge Classic Christmas

Experience Cambridge Classic Christmas in the Victorian village of Cambridge. Do a Day of Play in Cambridge with fabulous shopping,  free horse-drawn hayrides , visits and photos with Santa,  a Fat Tire Ride, Elf Shelf Kids Activities and Shopping, Caroling, Cookies,  Strolling Madrigal Singers, magical Holiday Lights Display at Lake Ripley Park , traditional tree lighting ceremony, CAP’s Breakfast with Santa,  Pet Portraits with Santa and more.

This annual event is one of the keystone events for Cambridge, Wisconsin. Come celebrate the holidays in our quaint, welcoming village. The event runs from Friday evening through Saturday and Sunday the first weekend in December. It’s three festive days of holiday fun.

Hosted by Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce
All day – Downtown Cambridge


Through December 31, 2018 – Jones Market December Sundae of the Month: Peppermint Stick

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream (red and green peppermint candy in vanilla), hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry.

Jones Market – 601 Jones Avenue, Fort Atkinson, 920-563-2963


November 24, December 1, 8, & 15: Santa Event at Johnson Creek Premium Outlets

Santa will be traveling from the North Pole to visit with shoppers from 1-4 p.m. on the last Saturday in November and the first three Saturday’s in December. Santa will be near The Children’s Place Outlet and treats are available for all children.
The event is free and open to the public.

Johnson Creek Premium Outlets – 575 Linmar Lane Johnson Creek, Johnson Creek
(920) 699-4112


December 1, 2018 – Palmyra Christmas Parade

Everyone is invited: businessmen, organizations, and citizens are encouraged to participate. Line up starting at 4pm on Anemone Ave. Parade will gravel down Main Street, ending at 5th Street.

Help keep the annual tradition going – put a float in the parade. Judges will select the most original NON-SANTA float. The winner will be awarded the honor of having Santa on their float in 2018. We feel it is best to have only one Santa in the parade.

Warm up after the parade at Squidy’s where you can purchase chili and hot dogs from the Lioness.

Join the fun and show your Christmas spirit. Any questions, contact Lioness Donna Johnson at 262-495-4279 or Laurie Mueller at 262-495-8316.

Hosted by Palmyra Lioness
5pm – Palmyra – Downtown Palmyra



December 1, 2018 – Jones Market Country Christmas


  • 1:00-4:00 Free Candy Canes & Jones Holiday Coloring Storybook
  • 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 Story time with Santa
  • Pork Chop Jones is Santa’s Helper!


  • Make snacks for Santa


  • Ham Sale 20% Off All Nov & Dec
  • Enter to Win Fort Chambers Holiday Red Box Giveaway
  • Vendor Samples & Discounts

LIVE JAZZ by Momentary Passage

HOLIDAY GIFT BOXES: Box Your Own & Premade Options


  • Lunch Menu: Soup & Sandwiches
  • Sundae of the Month: Peppermint Stick
  • Hot Beverages: Cocoa, Coffee & Tea


Fort Atkinson – Jones Market – 601 Jones Avenue, 920-563-2963



December 1, 2018 – Crossroads Vintage Christmas

New this year in Johnson Creek! Visit the Johnson Creek Historical Society after Children’s Fest to view festive holiday trees decorated historically with vintage holiday decorations and information on holiday traditions of the past. Order homemade holiday cookies, purchase holiday gifts, and take a holiday photo with a 1946 Chevy Pickup ($3/per sitting; $5/per two sittings). To keep in the holiday spirit, please note this is a collection site for local food pantries.

The event is free and open to the public. 11am-3pm
Johnson Creek Historical Society – 110 Aztalan Street, Johnson Creek


December 1, 2018 – Holiday Parade of Lights

Local businesses showcase their holiday spirit and welcome Santa to town.

Hosted by Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, 920-674-4511
5:30pm – Downtown Jefferson


December 1, 2018 – Holiday Open House/Winter Farmers & Art Market

Enjoy shopping, holiday goodies, strolling carolers, trolley rides, and hayrides with Santa while finding treasures for everyone on your holiday list. Enter the Holiday Red Box drawings at area retailers for a chance to win Chamber gift certificates and the Giant Gift Box. Visit our website for more information.

Find original and homemade gifts, baked goods, and holiday party needs from local artisans during this one day shopping event. At several locations in Downtown Fort Atkinson.

Hosted by Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce, 920-563-3210
9am-4pm – Downtown Fort Atkinson



December 1, 2018 – Johnson Creek Historical Society’s Children’s Fest

A family tradition in Johnson Creek!

This is the 14th Annual Children’s Fest in Johnson Creek. A family-friendly event to celebrate the holidays with craft projects for kids, caroling, face painting, cocoa & cookies, and a visit from Santa himself!

The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by Johnson Creek Historical Society
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Johnson Creek Community Center – 417 Union Street, Johnson Creek


December 2, 2018 – 25th Annual Watertown Holiday Parade of Homes

This annual event showcases five to six beautiful Watertown homes dressed in their holiday best. The event also features a raffle of quality items donated by Watertown businesses and crafters. All proceeds benefit the Watertown Main Street Program and the Food to Go and Grow Program.

1pm-5pm – Watertown – 920-342-3623


December 2, 2018 – 2nd Annual Johnson Creek Holiday Tree Lighting

A winter wonderland in Johnson Creek. Horse drawn wagon rides (weather permitting), warm refreshments, baked goods, music, and Mr. & Mrs. Claus are on hand to celebrate the lighting of the tree, which happens at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Check out the event website and Facebook page for updates and photos.
Hosted by Village of Johnson Creek – 3-5 p.m.
Veterans Park, 121 Lincoln Street, Johnson Creek


December 2, 2018 – Holiday Market: Something Special From Wisconsin with Berres Brothers

FREE and open to the public! Lots of sampling and fun raffles. Come join Berres Brothers for the FIRST-EVER Something Special from Wisconsin™ event to celebrate Wisconsin’s finest products and services from dozens of Wisconsin vendors during the holiday season. It’s a great chance to get all your holiday shopping done in one trip as multiple vendors will be on hand to sell all their finest Something Special from Wisconsin™ merchandise.

Click on the website and facebook links for more information and a full list of participating vendors.

Hosted by Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters
9am – 3pm
Johnson Creek Comfort Suites Hotel and Conference Center – 725 Paradise Lane, Johnson Creek


December 4, 2018 – Love Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony & Visit with Olaf, Elsa and Anna from Frozen!

Join us as we celebrate the season and honor loved ones at our Love Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m. on the Fort Memorial Hospital grounds (near the Sherman Avenue entrance). At the lighting ceremony, a seasonal message and special music will be shared. Following the tree lighting ceremony, attendees are welcome to gather in the hospital’s Steel Away Café for refreshments and a visit from Olaf, Elsa and Anna from Frozen. All are welcome to attend.

Hosted by Fort HealthCare
6:30 p.m.
Fort Memorial Hospital – 611 Sherman Avenue East, Fort Atkinson, 920-568-5276


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.