Downtown Baraboo’s Christmas Light Parade is Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Glittering lighted floats, equestrian units, marching bands and novelty units wind through the Downtown Baraboo Historic District, now a National Register of Historic Place, for about 45 minutes. Street vendors offer hot beverages and snacks. Afterward gather at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre's recently restored marquee where Santa will light the official Downtown Baraboo Christmas tree.
Sauk Prairie’s Holiday Light Parade, tree lighting and fireworks extravaganza is Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. The parade begins at the Sauk Prairie Middle School, 207 Maple St., Prairie du Sac, and concludes at Marion Park, 145 First St., Prairie du Sac; the the Cow Chip Throw’s parade route. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights! The tree lighting is at 7:30 p.m., local youth share their talents and then fireworks. Purchase refreshments at the park.
Nov. 19 kicks off the holiday shopping season in Baraboo. Ornate street lights and restored Victorian storefronts around the historic courthouse square in Baraboo, Wis., get beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. Music is softly broadcast into the streets where on weekends Nov. 19–Dec. 17, 2016 you’ll find strolling carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides and hot cocoa.
Avoid crowded malls and parking lots. Immerse in a picturesque, festive atmosphere for an enjoyable holiday shopping experience 10 minutes from the Inn at Wawanissee Point Baraboo bed and breakfast.
Browse Baraboo’s specialty shops and galleries here to plan your trip.
Kitchen and home appointments, funky finds and accessories, books, antiques, artwork, yarn and knitting supplies, gourmet coffees and teas, beer- and wine-making supplies, floral shop treasurers, music store, fine dresses for holiday events and more.
For sweet stocking stuffers, drive five minutes north downtown to the Baraboo Candy Company where it has made original chocolate confections like the Original Cow Pie® and Udderfinger™ since 1981.
This locally owned toy store is known for its eclectic array of children’s games and toys. Find uncommon options that are engaging, challenging and sure to create fun, none are mass marketed. You can’t leave without succumbing to the owners’ and employees’ infectiously happy spirits. Visit www.justimaginetoys.com.
Find more shopping opportunities in Sauk Prairie at www.saukprairie.com
Give a Wawanissee Point getaway. Design your custom gift card at www.bestviewinwisconsin.com.
Nov. 14: Beaver Super Full Moon. American Indians called this the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze. This is the second of three supermoons in 2016 when the moon will be at its closest approach to earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. The last time the moon came this close was Jan. 26, 1948.
Nov. 16: Crane Congregation Tours At The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center by ornithologist Stan Temple, Levee Rd. (Rustic Road 49), Baraboo, 20 minutes from the Inn, 6:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Thousands of sandhill cranes stage on the sandbars and islands in the Wisconsin River behind the Leopold Shack and Farm before migration. Join us for a breathtaking wildlife experience. Registration is required and limited. Learn about it in our blog article here.
Nov. 16–17: Leonids Meteor shower peaks. The nearly full moon will block many of the fainter meteors during this year’s peak, but be patient and you should see quite a few good ones, falling most abundantly before dawn Nov. 17. This shower runs Nov. 6–30. The North and South Taurids meteor shower runs concurrently, Sept. 7–Dec. 10, with the North peaking Nov. 11–12.
Nov. 17: Wollersheim Winery & Distillery’s Ruby Nouveau Release Day, Prairie du Sac, 12:00 p.m. Join winemaker Philippe Coquard as he first taps the Ruby Nouveau 2016 barrel for a special toast with Wisconsin cheese. Read all about it in our blog article here.
Nov. 17: Conserving The Apple Trees Of Badger: Update And Next Steps, downtown Prairie du Sac, 6:30 p.m. refreshments, 6:45 p.m. presentation. Curt Meine, who has a doctorate in land resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute For Environmental Studies and is an Aldo Leopold Foundation senior fellow and adjunct professor at the U.W.-Madison, will share the story of the more than 175 apple trees that have been found within the 7,400 acres that were formerly the Badger Army Ammunition Plant on the Sauk Prairie, which is now co-owned by the Ho-Chunk Nation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center as the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. Many of these apple trees predate the plant’s construction in 1942, when the prairie was being farmed. What have we learned about these trees and what are the next steps to conserve them among the land’s new owners? Admission is free. Hosted by the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance, learn more at www.saukprairievision.org.
Nov. 18: Downtown Baraboo’s Winter Wine Walk & Shop, through the Downtown Baraboo Historic District, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Tickets $30.00, subject to availability as they went on sale Oct. 18, 2016. Check for availability by calling Bekah Kate’s at 608-356-3133. Learn more about this fund-raiser at www.downtownbaraboo.com
Nov. 18: Dorf Haus Supper Club’s Dinner Theatre, Roxbury, Wis., 24 minutes south of the Inn. Details forthcoming, 608-643-3938. Nestled in a quaint German village this ethnically decorated Wisconsin supper club features authentic German and American specialties. More here.
Nov. 19: Rory Bolton House Concert at the River Arts On Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. A young, globetrotting musician from Sauk Prairie, performing with the Ringling Brothers Circus, on cruise ships, and music theatre and oldies music as piano solos and with other performers. He glides from Franz Liszt to Frank Sinatra in his repertoire. No advance ticket sales for these casual, intimate house concerts with beverages provided, but donations are appreciated to benefit River Arts Inc. programming. Learn more at riverartsinc.org or by calling Lindsey or Kristina at 608-643-5215 or [email protected]