Celebrate the Season at Fox Cities Holiday Happenings

'Tis the season. Celebrate the entire holiday season in the Fox Cities at these community events and more.

From enjoying carriage rides through historic downtowns to crafting your own holiday ornament, Fox Cities holiday events will help you celebrate the season, now through Christmas and beyond.

The Trout Museum of Art Winter Exhibits: This is Christmas & Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Trout Museum of Art presents two Christmas-themed exhibits this winter season, This is Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The exhibits open November 23 and remain up through February 2.

Electric City Christmas Parade

Get in the Christmas spirit Tuesday, December 3, in Downtown Kaukauna with holiday-themed floats by community organizations and businesses. Stop by the Community Room at the Old City Hall after the parade for cookies and hot chocolate with Santa.

Menasha Holiday Hayride

Take a ride through the festively decorated streets of the Menasha on December 6. Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, view the reindeer, and sample hot beverages and cookies during this night on the town too.

A Very Neenah Christmas

Celebrate the season in Neenah on Friday, December 6. Storefronts transform into live mannequin displays featuring holiday and winter scenes. Enjoy family activities, carriage rides, caroling, a visit from Santa, and more in this picturesque downtown.

A Very Neenah Christmas

Grignon Mansion Christmas Tours

Tour the historic Grignon Mansion in Kaukauna December 7-8 and December 14-15. Visit the mansion for a traditional Christmas celebration, tour the mansion by candlelight, enjoy live music, cookie decorating, carriage rides, wassail (hot cider), and milk punch (eggnog).

Grignon Mansion

Hearthstone Historic House Museum - Victorian Christmas Evening

Enjoy tours of the mansion every Friday and Saturday in December from 6-8 p.m. Every room of Hearthstone is filled with old-fashion holiday cheer and decorations. This year’s theme is “Sugar Plums,” but Santa was not forgotten. Santa and the many other Christmas traditions that we embrace today, which started in Victorian America and England, will be on display.

Make a Glass Holiday Ornament/Holiday Open House

Make your own glass ornament for the holidays at Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass on Saturday, December 7 between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The project takes place during the museum's annual open house, so you can make free art projects and enjoy holiday treats as you get in a festive mood.

Children’s Christmas Gift Workshop

Bring your kids out to Heckrodt Wetland Reserve on Saturday, December 7 for their Children’s Gift Workshop. Kids can make up to six gifts; volunteers will wrap for them. Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa while creating the gifts! Registration is required, and cost is $10/child.

Downtown Appleton Holiday Fun Fest

Enjoy games & activities, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, visit with Santa, and let your kids shop at the One Stop Elf Shop. Stop at the Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market inside City Center as a special feature of the Farm Market 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.! Don't miss the horse-drawn wagon rides happening throughout the day behind City Center.

Christmas Stars

A spectacular Broadway-style, holiday-themed extravaganza featuring singers, dancers, and actors across all age ranges. Over one thousand gorgeous costumes, beautiful sets, lighting, and staging make Christmas Stars one of the Midwest’s premier holiday performances! Shows will be held at Xavier Fine Arts Theater December 5-8 and 12-15.

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Christmas at the Chapel

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with Christmas at the Chapel on Saturday, December 21 at Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Listen to Christmas carols, hymns, and songs performed by the newVoice’s Choir featuring Lawrence Academy of Music’s Young Men’s Choir. Show times are 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


With all of this great holiday and Christmas fun, make night, weekend, or whole week of exploring the Fox Cities this season. Visit our accommodations pages to find a "home away from home" in the Fox Cities for a night, weekend, or week.

For a full list of Fox Cities events, click here.

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