There's nothing quite so magical as the holidays in downtown Cedarburg. On Fridays, when the downtown is decked out in luminaries and sleigh bells jingle on the horse drawn carriage, courtesy of the Cedarburg Merchants Organization, it's hard to imagine a better place to be.
Fridays are also Festive Friday Eves from 5-9 p.m. at the Cedar Creek Settlement, when the shops stay open late, and activities and offerings abound with a different theme each week. Complimentary Cider & Cookies are offered each Friday, or sample Cedar Creek Winery’s award-winning wines!
On Friday, November 18th, the Festivity begins with “Feliz Navidad.” Celebrate the Christmas season with a Latin flavor! Enjoy Live Music. Food Sampling, Holiday Crafts, Storytelling, and more.
Friday, November 25 is "Home for the Holidays," when guests can enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with visiting friends and family. Free Make It & Take It projects, Live Music with Sinatra-style singer Ed Franks, and Easy Entertaining Tips for the Holidays.
The first weekend in December is "The Settlement Showcase," which begins on Friday, December 2nd, from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m; continues on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m .- 6 p.m.; and goes through Sunday, December 4th, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Featuring beautiful handmade and artisan objects of desire, and live music Friday with Joey LaVie. Festivals of Cedarburg also has other events planned during this weekend that you don't want to miss, such as free tours of historic Kuhefuss House, a Holiday Craft & Gift Sale with the Cedarburg Senior Center, The Little Show at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, and the Holiday Art Fair Show & Sale in the Community Gym.
Friday, December 9th is the annual “Santa's Workshop." Visit with Santa Claus in his winter wonderland! Live music featuring “Songs of the Season” by everyone's favorite elf, David H.B. Drake, and children’s holiday ornament craft and cookie decorating make this a great evening for families.
Finally, Friday, December 16th is “A Taste of Christmas." This is a night for grown-ups to leisurely shop in a festive atmosphere. Complimentary munchies and wine tasting, live holiday music with pianist/singer Kathy Fry, and the strolling Sweet Adeline quartet, Swizzle Chix, along with the Cedarburg High School Carolers are sure to put you in a festive mood.
Festivals of Cedarburg brings a variety of events over the season with A Cedarburg Christmas, including a visit to Santa's Workshop!
Plan to stay in shape for the holidays? Don't miss Santa's Dash Away 5K on December 10th, and then enjoy McMann & Tate's return to the Cultural Center's stage to tickle yourholiday funny bone. After 16 years of holiday skit shows, the resident comedy troupe is putting a new spin on poking fun at this special time of year by presenting one of their popular improv shows.
When you get tired of shopping, the Rivoli, Cedarburg's beautifully restored movie theater, features a Holiday Film Festival from December 9th through the 23rd, with films such as Polar Express, White Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Story, and It's A Wonderful Life, among others. You can't beat the ticket prices, or the nostalgic feel of a quieter time.