Santa Sightings: Dec. 22 – 24

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer pullin’ on the reins
Bells are ringin’, children are singin’, all is merry and bright
So hang your stockings and say your prayers, ’cause Santa Claus comes tonight…

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Okay, so not exactly tonight, but there are only 5 more days until Christmas, which is pretty close enough in my book to being the last chances of getting on the nice list and off the naughty list! Here are this weekend’s opportunities for seeing Santa before he gets busy on Christmas Eve night.

 

 

Friday, December 22

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay


Saturday, December 23

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Holiday Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Lake Geneva

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Santa’s Coming to the Cove! | 3 – 5 pm
The Cove of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Sunday, December 24

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Champagne Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, Delavan


For more information on holiday fun, go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000

Santa Sightings: Dec. 15 – 17

Countdown to Christmas is 10 days – sorry I didn’t warn you about that spoiler alert. Not to worry – still plenty of time to convince Santa to loosen up on the definition of ‘good’ in relationship to how you’ve behaved this year! Or use the next ten days to show him how good you can be! Whatever you choose to do, here are the opportunities to see Santa this weekend. Check back next week for what will be the last chance before Christmas for Santa Sightings.

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He sees you when you’re sleepin’
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

Friday, December 15

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 6 – 8 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

 

Saturday, December 16

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Breakfast with Santa | 8: 30 – 10 am and 10:30 am – 12 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, Delavan

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Holiday Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Lake Geneva

Santa & His Reindeer | 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Geneva Java, Lake Geneva

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Santa’s Coming to the Cove! | 3 – 5 pm
The Cove of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Sunday, December 17

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West, Fontana

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

For more information on holiday fun, go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000

Santa Sightings: Dec. 8 – 10

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There are 18 days until Christmas, but luckily there are more than 18 opportunities to see Santa this weekend! Check out the details below of where all Santa will be and make sure to come back each week as we post new Santa Sightings for the upcoming weekend.

“You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town!”

Santa Sightings Dec 8-10


Friday, December 8

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 6 – 8 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Saturday, December 9

Waffles with Santa | 7:30 – 11:30 am
Lakeland School, Elkhorn

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 9 – 10 am
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Holiday Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Lake Geneva

An Old World Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Santa’s Coming to the Cove! | 3 – 5 pm
The Cove of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Sunday, December 10

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 9 – 10 am & 11 am – 12 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Champagne Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, Delavan

Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West, Fontana

An Old World Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay


For more information on holiday fun, go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000

 

Light ‘Em Up & Move ‘Em Out!

Christmas Tree Lightings & Parades

Forgive me for the title of this blog, but I obviously couldn’t resist doing something goofy!

If you’re like me, your Christmas tree isn’t up yet, let alone obviously any lights on it, so why not enjoy someone else’s Christmas tree with all the decorations and see its lights all aglow? Might just put a fire under you (me) to get your tree up and decorated! Ooh… maybe talking about trees and using the word ‘fire’ isn’t such a good idea. Okay, let’s get to all the opportunities coming up to see Christmas Tree Lightings and Parades (the parades part is the “move ’em out” reference, in case you were wondering or didn’t get my whacked sense of humor).

Christmas Parades & Tree Lightings 2017

Friday, December 1 ~

Festival of Lights Tree Lighting | 5 pm
Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva

Christmas Tree Lighting | 6 pm
Downtown, Sharon

Holiday Parade | 6 pm
The Triangle Neighborhood, Downtown Whitewater

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting | 6:30 pm
Downtown, Burlington

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 6:30 pm
Downtown Square & Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn

Victorian Christmas Parade | 7:30 pm
Downtown, Sharon

Saturday, December 2 ~

Christmas Card Town Parade | 1:30 pm
Downtown Elkhorn, Elkhorn

Christmas In The Stars Electric Christmas Parade | 5 pm
Downtown, Lake Geneva

Santa Parade Train | 5 pm
Into Downtown East Troy

Christmas Tree Lighting | 6:30 pm
Downtown, East Troy

Tuesday, December 5 ~

Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree | 6:30 pm
Barrett Memorial Library, Williams Bay

 

For more information on holiday events, go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com or call (262) 728-6000

Santa Sightings: Dec. 1 – 3

Not only has Santa been seen directing traffic at the Lake Lawn Resort Airport, but here’s a weekend list of Santa Sightings! Check out the details below of all the spots you’ll be able to visit with Santa and let him know what is on your wish list. Make sure to come back and see us each week, as we post new Santa Sightings for the upcoming weekend.

“He’s making a list and checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town!”

Santa Sightings Dec 1-3

Friday, December 1 ~ 

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Festival of Lights | 5 – 6:30 pm
Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva

Holiday Parade of Lights Festival | 5 – 8 pm
The Triangle Neighborhood, Downtown Whitewater 

Victorian Christmas | 5 – 9 pm
Downtown, Sharon

An Evening with Santa | 6 – 7:30 pm
Geneva Lakes Family YMCA, Lake Geneva

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Downtown, Burlington

Elkhorn Tree Lighting Ceremony | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Downtown Square, Elkhorn

Saturday, December 2 ~ 

Pancake Breakfast with Santa | 8 – 11 am
Badger High School, Lake Geneva

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 9 – 10 am
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

An Old World Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Country Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Jones Market, Fort Atkinson

Holiday Brunch Music Series with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Lake Geneva

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 11 am – 12 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Santa & His Reindeer | 11 am – 3 pm
Geneva Java, Lake Geneva

Christmas Card Town Parade | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Downtown Elkhorn, Elkhorn

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Christmas in the Stars Electric Christmas Parade | 5 – 6:30 pm
Downtown, Lake Geneva

Santa Parade Train | 5 – 8 pm
Into Downtown East Troy

Sunday, December 3 ~

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 9 – 10 am
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West, Fontana

Champagne Brunch with Santa Claus | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, Delavan

An Old World Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

For more information on holiday fun, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000

 

6 Great Restaurants to Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition

celebration-315079Start a new tradition this Thanksgiving and let one of these great restaurants treat you to a feast.

  1. 240° West at The Abbey Resort, Fontana – The Thanksgiving buffet runs from 10 am – 5 pm.  Check out the menu.
  2. Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva – There are 5 options for dining at Grand Geneva this year:
    • Geneva ChopHouse Thanksgiving Brunch from 10 am – 3 pm.  Check out the menu.
    • Grand Ballroom Thanksgiving Buffet from 1 am – 4 pm.  Check out the menu.
    • Grand Cafe Breakfast Buffet from 6:30 am – 1 pm.  Check out the menu.
    • Grand Cafe Thanksgiving Buffet from 4 – 9 pm.  Check out the menu.
    • Ristorante Brissago Thanksgiving Dinner from 5:30 – 9 pm.  Check out the menu.
  3. Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva – The Thanksgiving Buffet runs from 11 am – 6 pm.  Check out the menu.
  4. The Geneva Inn, Lake Geneva – The Thanksgiving Buffet runs from 11 am – 3:30 pm.  Check out the menu.
  5. Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan – The Thanksgiving Feast Buffet runs from 11 am – 7 pm.  Check out the menu.
  6. Hunt Club Steakhouse, Lake Geneva – The Thanksgiving Dinner runs from 12 – 8 pm.  Check out the menu.

Happy feasting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends & family!

Get In The Holiday Spirit!

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What do you do to get yourself in the holiday spirit? Did you put your holiday lights up in September during those summer-like days we had? Have you been listening to Christmas carols since before Halloween? Are the totes of decorations sitting in the family room waiting for the tree to be put up the day after Thanksgiving? If you’re a teeny tiny bit of a Grinch and just need a little coaxing to get in the holiday mood, there are a myriad of things to make that happen!

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Let’s start with tempting your taste buds, ‘coz Grinch or not, everyone has to eat. The Fireside Dinner Theatre is offering an unforgettable musical version of a classic Christmas tale, and my personal favorite holiday movie (as long as it’s the original 1947, black & white version – I’m a fanatical purist with that movie!) with ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. Rosewood will have you looking back to remember all the songs, hymns, and carols that make this a magical time with ‘Christmas Remembered’, be it with holiday classics like ‘Silver Bells’ or ‘White Christmas’, or with a little bit of a beat and ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’. The Dancing Horses offers possibly their most spectacular show of the year in the Holiday Magic Show, with rhinestones, glitter and music to celebrate the holidays, along with a visit from Santa and their resident unicorn. Lake Lawn Resort will be hosting ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet, performed by the young people of The Dance Factory, a local dance school, on Nov. 25 at 7:30 pm (with Prime Rib Buffet) and Dec. 17 at 2 pm (with Champagne Brunch Buffet).

Seeing the effort someone else has put in with Christmas lights, especially when they go the extra mile with putting the lights to music that I can listen to from the warmth of my car, is always high on my list of things to do when getting in the holiday spirit. Rosewood’s ‘Listen to the Lights’ showing of outdoor lights and music begins Nov. 16 and lasts through Jan. 1. Running nightly from 5 – 11 pm, every 20 minutes, watch the entire facility light up to the sounds and music of the holidays on 92.9 FM. Holiday spirit_Grand Geneva lights

On Sunday, Nov. 19, the Grand Geneva Resort will kick off their annual 6-week long ‘Christmas in the Country’ celebration with the 23rd Annual Illumination Ceremony, 4:30 – 7 pm. Enjoy holiday cookies, hot apple cider, activities for the kids, live entertainment, the gingerbread house display, and pictures with Santa, then gather outside by the large Christmas tree at 6 pm for the countdown to the illumination of more than 2 million lights throughout the property, followed by a dazzling Grand fireworks display. Starting on Nov. 20, as a fun way to experience all the decorations and lights at the Grand Geneva Resort, trolley tours are available at 5, 6, 7 and 8 pm, though of course you can see all of it from your own car as well. Another mode of transportation to see holiday lights is through the Santa Cruise on Geneva Lake with Lake Geneva Cruise Line. Embark on a magical Christmas boat cruise to Santa’s North Pole hideaway, enchanted by the shoreline holiday lights along the way. Running from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Eve (with the exclusion of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), seven nights a week and at a number of different times, this is sure to become a holiday tradition!

Get in the holiday spirit, give to a good cause and have the chance to win prizes?! I’m in! The Santa Cause Tree Festival kicks off Nov. 24, 4 – 9 pm, and runs Monday – Friday, 4 – 9 pm and Saturday/Sunday, noon – 9 pm, through Dec. 30. The ‘Twelve Charities of Christmas’ each create a themed winter wonderland by decorating a tree that includes marvelous prizes surrounding it. You can stroll through the trees, admiring the decorations and lights, and with the purchase of raffle tickets, enter to win prizes by putting your ticket(s) in your chosen charity’s raffle box(es). I hear tell there’s even a trip to Hawaii as one of the prizes!

Have you written your letter to Santa yet? Drop off your letter in the magical mailbox located in the main lobby at the Grand Geneva Resort and Santa will send a message back to you. You can even watch Santa’s helpers collect the mail at 4 pm each day to deliver it to the North Pole. I wonder if there’s a limit to how long the letter can be, making sure Santa understands how good a girl I’ve been this year and that asking for my own private island in paradise isn’t too much to ask for… Fine, I’ll take a tiny house on the beach if having to admit I wasn’t that good of a girl!

Holiday spirit_SantaA visit with Santa is always a great way to get in the holiday spirit! And maybe the face-to-face time will get me the tiny house on the beach that a letter might not get in among all the letters Santa gets… The Grand Geneva Resort has breakfast with Santa every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24, 8 am – noon, including fun holiday activities, a keepsake family photo and magnetic frame to take home, and you can even dress in your pajamas for the photo as if it’s Christmas morning! Need more face time with Santa, then Lake Lawn Resort has to visits with Santa planned, Saturday, Nov. 25 or Dec. 16, 8:30 am and 10:30 am. There’s a children’s height breakfast buffet full of delicious breakfast items and treats, holiday-themed crafts to create, Christmas carolers, a life-size gingerbread house for scrapbook-worthy photos, and a chance to sit on Santa’s lap to share your wish list. An evening option with Santa is available with Geneva Lakes Family YMCA’s ‘A Night with Santa’ on Dec. 1, 6 – 7:30 pm. This is a free, family event with cookies, hot chocolate, crafts, photos, and story time with a very special guest. It’s also time to give back by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. Old World Wisconsin hosts Father Christmas at their Old World Holiday Breakfast, Dec. 2 and 9, 9 am and 11 am, or Dec. 3 and 10, 9 am. Enjoy a delicious festive breakfast featuring live holiday music and a visit from four different Santa figures from four different traditions telling stories and singing songs.

Need design ideas for holiday arrangements to make your home be in the holiday spirit? Northwind Perennial Farm offers a class with their floral designer, Sharilyn, on Dec. 2, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Sharilyn will demonstrate design tips for combining greens, twigs and berries to help you create your own beautiful holiday arrangements. How about crafting homemade gifts for friends, family, co-workers, etc.? Think outside the (gift) box and create a gift in a jar at Aram Public Library on Dec. 5, 5:30 – 7 pm. There are two gift jar options, a spa experience and a dessert delicacy, with all materials and instructions included. For reference, both options sound good as a gift for me… just sayin’! Aram Public Library is also offering a class on edible holiday houses, Dec. 12 & 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. With all materials provided, put your construction skills to the test as you design and decorate a house made entirely from graham crackers, frosting and candy. Can you say ‘YUM’?!

So this barely touches the surface of all there is to get you in the holiday spirit! Check out the Events Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com for the full listing of holiday happenings and more.