Holiday Shopping And Festivities In, Around Baraboo Dec. 2-7

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Avoid crowded malls and parking lots this Christmas season. Come to Baraboo, Wis., for the finest gift-shopping experience in a pretty, historic downtown where the festive atmosphere will uplift you.

The Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast 10 minutes from Baraboo will be adorned for the holidays!

Holiday street decorations embellish the Downtown Baraboo Historic District with a courthouse square, now a National Register of Historic Place. Christmas music softly plays throughout the streets. Restored Victorian storefronts beautifully decorated for Christmas house an array of locally owned specialty shops and galleries for unique gift shopping.

Come Dec. 3, 2016 for Baraboo’s Christmas Open House when merchants offer warm treats and promotions.

Reserve a guest room here. Or call 608-355-9899.

Saturdays in Baraboo Nov. 26–Dec. 24:

  • Free horse-drawn wagon rides from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. around the historic square
  • Strolling carolers serenading
  • Hot cocoa in the shops to sip while you shop

 

Learn more about holiday shopping in Baraboo at www.downtownbaraboo.com, click on the third left-hand box Baraboo Christmas.
  • Children’s toys and games at Just Imagine Toys www.justimaginetoys.com
  • Book stores: The Village Booksmith villagebooksmith.com with new, used and rare books, and more, and Book World.
  • Art at Cornerstone Gallery www.cornerstone-gallery.com and A.R.T. Gallery by the Sauk County Art Association by the Al. Ringling Theatre
  • Kitchen and home appointments at Bekah Kates Kitchen, Kids & Home www.bekahkates.com
  • Gift certificates or treat yourself at Spa Serenity, Baraboo’s day spa spaserenitydayspa.com
  • Rest and shop for gourmet coffees and teas at the coffee shop, Coffee Bean Connection cbeanc.com
  • Antiques, vintage collectibles, funky finds and accessories, Amber Moon Floral and Gifts, fine dresses for holiday events, yarn and knitting supplies, a music store, frozen yogurt shop, bakery and more. See a list of Baraboo’s shops here.

 

The Baraboo Candy Company www.baraboocandy.com five minutes north of downtown has sweet stocking stuffers. It has made original chocolate confections like the Original Cow Pie® and Udderfinger™ since 1981.

Also Dec. 3 …

  • Baraboo Holiday Tour Of Homes, 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., by the Sauk County Historical Society. Step into a quintessential Christmas story in four of Baraboo’s finest historic homes decorated for the season. Tickets $13.00 that day at Bekah Kates, the Sauk County History Center, the Baraboo Area Visitors Center and more. Details at www.saukcountyhistory.org or call 608-356-1001.
  • Portage’s Downtown Cookie Walk, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 20 minutes from the Inn. Learn more at www.portagewi.com.
  • Holiday House Luncheon And Bake Sale by the Portage Presbyterian Church, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Details at www.portagewi.com.
  • Reedsburg’s Holiday Open House And Cookie Walk, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., 35 minutes from the Inn, along a beautiful historic downtown Main Street. More at www.reedsburg.org.

 

After shopping relax in the Inn’s Indigo Lounge during our evening wine-and-cheese hour where you can rejuvenate in the Shiatsu massage chair.

 

Then enjoy an evening performance…

Dec. 2:  Local Artist Showcase Opening Reception at the Portage Center For The Arts’ Drury Gallery, 301 Cook St., Portage, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., to meet the artists, see their work and enjoy light refreshments and live piano. A community exhibition of extraordinary local talent, oils, watercolors, photography, pottery, fiber art and more. The reception is free and open to the public, as is the exhibit Dec. 2–31, 2016 during gallery hours Wednesday to Friday 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Learn more at www.portagecenterforthearts.com

Dec. 2 & 3:  Crane Congregation Tours At The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center by ornithologist Stan Temple, Levee Rd. (Rustic Road 49), Baraboo, 20 minutes from the Inn, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.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 using our new wind-sheltered crane blind. Registration is required and limited. Learn about it in our blog article here.

Dec. 2–4:  The Gift Of The Maji presented by the Reedsburg Players at the CAL Center, Reedsburg, 40 minutes from the Inn, 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets and details at www.reedsburgplayers.org. Learn about the CAL Center at www.calcenter.org.

Dec. 3:  Bravo Center’s Holiday Show at the Al. Ringling Theatre in the Downtown Baraboo Historic District, 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Enjoy local talent performing in the newly restored 100-year-old America’s Prettiest Playhouse. Details and tickets at www.alringling.com or by calling 608-356-8864.

Dec. 3:  Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 3:00 p.m. Award-winning, dynamic four-part harmonies that are among the most distinctive in country music. Tickets at crystalgrand.com.

Dec. 4:  Madison Brass Band at the Al. Ringling Theatre in the Downtown Baraboo Historic District, 2:00 p.m. Offered as a gift to the city from Baraboo’s Concerts on the Square and the Al. Ringling Theatre Friends, this 30-piece ensemble plays old and new Christmas songs in dazzling brass-band arrangements. Incorporated by Craig Mason in 2003, the original Madison Brass Band was active in the area in the mid-late 1800s. Based in the British and American brass tradition, the band plays a wide variety of styles of music. Musicians are from south-central Wisconsin including Baraboo. Come enjoy a performance in the newly restored 100-year-old America’s Prettiest Playhouse. Admission is free but donations are welcome, benefitting the nonprofit Friends group restoring the Theatre. More at www.alringling.com or by calling 608-356-8864.

Dec. 4:  Scotty McCreery at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 3:00 p.m. A young, country-music singer and songwriter. Tickets at crystalgrand.com.

Dec. 4:  Gale Singers Community Choir’s Annual Holiday Concert at the Portage Center For The Arts and Drury Gallery, 301 Cook St., Portage, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. A regional choir of about 50 people that performs twice a year. Tickets $6.00 at the door. More at www.portagecenterforthearts.com. The center and gallery are open Wednesday to Friday 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Dec. 6:  Branson On The Road® Christmas Style Dinner Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 1:00 p.m. A fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy and great classic country, country Christmas, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music combine into a clean, fun performance that lets you forget your troubles and laugh, the best medicine for a couple of hours. Tickets vary per show $29.95–$49.95 and include a three-course dinner but not gratuity, taxes or service fee. Show-only tickets are available and you may order appetizers, desserts and specialty drinks. Purchase by calling 608-253-4000 or at www.dellspalace.com.

Dec. 7:  Canadian Pacific Railway’s Holiday Train In Portage And Wisconsin Dells The Canadian Pacific Railway’s Holiday Train adorned in thousands of Christmas lights with a tree atop the cab and lighted wreaths at the front and rear travels across Canada and the United States to raise money for food banks. A boxcar contains a stage with live entertainers who ride the train offering an outdoor concert. Performing this year are Colin James, Doc Walker and and Kelly Prescott. Admission is free but please bring a heart-healthy, nonperishable food-item donation and see this beautiful sight. This event, in its 18th year, raises cash and awareness for hunger-relief efforts, part of a national train tour to support local food banks across America. Learn more about the Holiday Train.

  • Portage: 1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m., at the Amtrak Depot, 400 W. Oneida St. Beginning at 12:00 p.m. while supplies last the Portage Rotary offers a brat-and-hot-dog feed with cookies and refreshments. Details at www.portagewi.com.
  • Wisconsin Dells: 2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m., at the Amtrak Depot, 100 La Crosse St. Food and drinks for sale. More at www.wisdells.com.

 

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