With only 12 days until Christmas, there’s much hustle and bustle everywhere you look. City sidewalks are busy and all dressed in holiday style. Shimmering lights gleam through the night, and everyone is full of good cheer. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of year!
The countdown to Christmas is on, and we wanted to celebrate in our own festive way…Walworth County-style! With so many fun activities and businesses right here in Walworth County, we’ve put a spin on the traditional Christmas carol by finding 12 fun things you can do, see or purchase around the county up until Christmas Day (some of which you can also enjoy after the holidays, if you can’t seem to squeeze them all in before Christmas!).
On the first day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: A bottle of Hardy Pear wine.
Apple Barn Orchard & Winery, W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn, WI 53121, 262-728-3266
Located on a property with a rich agricultural history, The Apple Barn Orchard & Winery was started in 1985. Today the orchard has over 14 apple varieties among 4,000 apple trees. Along with the orchard, there is a bakery, country store and winery. The Apple Barn Winery specializes in fruit wines. Among the selection is the Hardy Pear wine, one of their many award-winning wines.
Stop by the winery this weekend for their final open hours of the season. Open December 12 – 13, from 10 am to 4 pm. Get your true love a bottle (or two!) of Hardy Pear wine!
On the second day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Two pounds of Turtle Fudge.
Geneva Gifts, 150 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, (262)248-6756
Making homemade cream and butter fudge since 1983, Geneva Gifts is a great place to shop locally for Christmas gifts and treats. Coined the “best fudge in town,” you won’t be disappointed with their delectable Turtle Fudge that is smooth, creamy and ooey-gooey with just the right amount of pecan crunch. After all, what’s not to love about chocolate, caramel and pecans?!
On the third day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Three Stewing Hens.
Yuppie Hill Farm, W1384 Potter Rd Burlington, WI 53105, (262) 210-0264
Yuppie Hill poultry farm prides themselves on providing the absolute best farm-to-table freshness for their customers. Starting back in 1999, Yuppie Hill got its name from neighbors commenting on the “high class” poultry living quarters, referring to the birds as “yuppies” because they had it so good.
All of the birds on this farm are raised in a cage-free environment. Owner Lynn Lein raises laying hens and braisers, turkeys and Berkshire hogs, selling eggs, poultry and meats at local stores, including at Beans & Barley, Outpost Natural Foods and the Great Lakes Winter Farm Market at Milaeger’s in Racine.
On the fourth day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Four cabaret-style performances.
Rosewood, 2484 County Road O S, Delavan, WI 53115, (262) 275-5587
One of Walworth County’s newest attractions is Rosewood, in Delavan. Whether it’s the high-energy vocal performances, the farm-fresh culinary, or the ambiance of the rustic-styled dining areas and theater that are complimented with the glimmering technology of today, you’re sure to find a reason to visit; a reason that will most likely leave you dancing off into the night.
Their “Christmas Remembered” show will bring back the magic of Christmas with your all-time favorite carols, hymns and songs. Show times still available on December 12. 13. 17 and 20.
On the fifth day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: An exquisite five course dinner.
Hunt Club, 555 Hunt Club Court, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, (262) 245-7200
With a crackling fireplace, twinkling lights and a glimmering tree, Hunt Club Steakhouse has the perfect ambiance for a scrumptious meal. Start with choosing one of their Easy bites; a splendid choice of appetizers that are certain to please. Next indulge in a delicious salad before warming up with one of their delectable soups. Then tantalize your taste buds with one of their signature steaks, and don’t forget to save room enough to please your sweet tooth with one of their divine desserts.
The Hunt Club is fine dining at its best. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you deserve a treat for yourself.
On the sixth day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Six Christmas dinner geese.
Wilson Farm Meats, 406 South Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, WI 53121, (262) 723-2919
The Wilson family has been farming since the 1870’s, and Wilson Farm Meats was established in 2004. This local retail and processing facility in Elkhorn assures the finest quality fresh and frozen meats, custom cut to your liking. Whether you purchase a whole or half beef, pig or lamb, or individual retail cuts, The Wilson family proudly provides the finest quality meats from their farm to your table.
With a wide variety of meats to choose from, seasonal favorites offered include goose and pheasant.
On the seventh day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Seven swimming lessons.
Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center, 580 S. Elizabeth Street, Whitewater, WI 53190, (262) 473-4900
If you’re looking for a way to escape the cold for an hour here and there, the Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center will be the perfect getaway. There are six levels of swim lessons that are designed for recreational swimming and fitness.
On the eighth day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Eight cheeses a churning.
The Cheese Box, 801 South Wells Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, (262) 248-3440
If you’re looking for some of Wisconsin’s finest cheeses for yourself or someone else, The Cheese Box has you covered. With everything from orange and white Wisconsin cheddar to cherry, blueberry and cranberry Wisconsin cheddar, you’re sure to find something to treat your taste buds to.
If you’re stocked up on cheeses for the holiday, you can always call to order a build-your-own-sandwich and take a break from gift buying and wrapping with a delicious lunch.
On the ninth day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Nine dancing horses.
Dancing Horses Theatre, 5065 Hwy 50, Delavan, WI 53115, (262) 728-8200
Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas with the holiday show at Dancing Horses Theatre. The dazzling spectacle of horses who dance alongside their trainers will prove to be a fantastic cavalcade of equestrian artistry.
Christmas show performances will be available through January 12, 2016.
On the tenth day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Ten ballet dancers leaping.
Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main Street, Whitewater 53190, (262) 472-2222
Be enchanted by the annual production of “The Nutcracker” at Young Auditorium in Whitewater. Based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” by E.T.A. Hoffman, this performance will stun you as talented area youth dance on stage with gorgeous costumes and lavish backdrops.
Reserve your tickets now for the Friday, December 18 performance from 10 am to 12 pm.
On the eleventh day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Eleven carolers caroling.
Old World Wisconsin, W370 W9729 Hwy 67, Eagle, WI 53119, (262) 594-6301
Get lost in the merriment of the season with a daylong, 19th century celebration of Christmas tales and holiday customs. Old World storytelling, live performances, bobsled rides (if there’s snow, of course), caroling, tasty treats and so much more will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy with Christmas spirit. Revel in Christmas past at Old World Wisconsin, in Eagle.
The final celebrations to send good cheer for 2015 will be December 12 – 13, from 10 am to 5 pm.
On the twelfth day of Christmas Walworth County gave to me: Twelve Drummers Drumming.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, (800) 558-3417
Maybe there will only be one drummer actually drumming, but you will hear the fantastical sounds of local High School entertainment as they perform live in the main lobby at Grand Geneva.
Performing Saturday December 12 and Saturday December 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.