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

 

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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.

What Are You Doing For Thanksgiving?

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I’ve done it again… Let the holiday season sneak up on me to the point where it’s just two from Thanksgiving and we won’t mention that means that Christmas is month beyond that. Oops! I just mentioned it! Too late to say “spoiler alert”?! So in honor of Joey Tribbiani (for you non-Friends loving fans, I’m sorry about you not understanding the reference), with a twist on his ‘how you doin’?’ phrase: ” what you doin’ ” for Thanksgiving?

Kick off things off with revving up your taste buds for what’s to come at Delavan Lake Store on the eve of Thanksgiving with their Thanksgiving Eve Pie & Trivia Night, Nov. 22, 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy some yummy treats and test your brain power with trivia questions. A perfect place for your sweet tooth and your competitive side for a fun night with friends and family! Admission is easy – $10 for a team or bring a pie of your choice.

Love all the fixings and turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner, but don’t necessarily like all the prep and time it takes to make it all yourself? Not a fan of Aunt Susie’s scalloped corn dish or have never understood Cousin Bob’s idea of stopping at the local gas station for roller-grill hot dogs as his contribution? Here’s the solution – let Lake Lawn Resort do it all for you with their Turkey To Go option! The culinary professionals at the Frontier Restaurant will prepare Thanksgiving Dinner and you take all the credit! Dinner includes a whole roasted turkey (or whole roasted maple-brined breast of turkey), wild rice bread dressing, natural turkey giblet gravy, fresh orange-port cranberry sauce, fresh mashed potatoes, fresh green beans with pecans and bell peppers, fresh baked dinner rolls, and your choice of pumpkin, apple or chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Pre-order by Monday, Nov. 20, and pick up at your scheduled time on Thursday, Nov. 23, between 10:30 am and 4 pm. Whether you have 8 or 20 guests for dinner, there is an option that fits. Think about it – leftovers without the dishes to wash! For details, click here. I’ve attended Thanksgiving at a friend’s and they did this instead of cooking and having the guests bring certain things. It was delicious, plenty of food, a great variety of items, and so convenient! I’d do this in a heart beat for the ease of it all!

Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel offers the same option to skip the tradition of cooking and cleaning this Thanksgiving and let them do all the work! Their carry-out menu features all your favorite fixings, starting with house-made fresh-brined turkey, giblet gravy, and sausage and cherry stuffing! Fill up with a full selection of sides, including rustic Yukon mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes and their famous green bean casserole with marshmallow & cinnamon brûlée. Five types of house-made pies round out the menu. This year, make Thanksgiving fuss-free with more time for family! For the menu and details, click here.

Still not feeling it with having to clean the house for guests if you host Thanksgiving or with traveling to someone else’s home if they host?  Then celebrate with family or friends while still enjoying the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner offerings at any one of the Thanksgiving Day Buffets. Heck, time it out right and you can eat at more than one if you really love Thanksgiving food! The Abbey Resort, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Lawn Resort, The Geneva Inn Restaurant, and Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel each offer a way for you to skip grocery shopping, cleaning the house, prepping and cooking for hours, doing a pile of dishes afterwards, and to instead spend quality time with family and friends while they each do their best in bringing you Thanksgiving Dinner. Details for each can be found here: The Abbey ResortGrand Geneva Resort, Lake Lawn Resort, The Geneva Inn Restaurant, and Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel.

Come home to The Hunt Club for Thanksgiving, as Chef Ryne and team will be preparing traditional dishes alongside some favorite plates from their current menu. There is a 3-course dinner special with options within each course to choose from. You then have a variety of additional items to either add to the 3-course dinner or to have instead, should there be something else that tantalizes your taste buds. No matter which way you go, you’re sure to be satisfied. For menu details, click here.

Not that anyone should be alone for Thanksgiving, but sometimes situations come in to play where being together with family or friends just isn’t possible. If that’s the case, be it for you or for someone you know, then make plans to attend the Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 23, 11 am – 3 pm, in the Community Building at Town Park (Hwy. 50 & South Shore Drive). The Friends of the Park, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, are providing a complimentary traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings so no one has to do without. All food is being donated, cooked and served by volunteers. There’s even delivery that can be scheduled for the elderly or homebound, compliments of local Boy Scout troops. For contact details, click here. I’ve attended this event as a delivery volunteer in the past and can attest to it being phenomenal, both from the deliciousness of the food and the loving atmosphere of people coming together in celebration of thankfulness.

As you think of things you are thankful for to fill the jar, and consider how cute the turkey cookies are, give serious thought to the options I’ve talked about for maybe a different take on Thanksgiving this year (like someone else doing all the cooking!). And with one final thought:

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It’s Started! Get Your Plan in Place to Eat Your Way Through Dine Around The Lakes!

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November 3 – 12, 2017

Dine Around The Lakes has begun, as of Friday, Nov. 3 and goes through Sunday, Nov. 12. There are 21 participating restaurants throughout Walworth County, each with specially designed 3-course menus for lunch and/or dinner. Lunch prices are $10 or $15 per person and dinner prices are $20 or $30 per person.

With 7 days remaining, it’s time to make a plan on how to take in as much as possible of the delicious options offered by these restaurants! Check out their specially designed Dine Around The Lakes 3-course menus and get those taste buds going with anticipation – Click here for menus.

Got vacation time you haven’t used up yet – take it now and make a foodie getaway of Dine Around The Lakes! There are fantastic packages available through our lodging partners – Click here for details.

Don’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 7, is Charity Day, where the restaurants have opportunity to partner with a local charity of their choice and decide what level to donate at (such as a percentage of the day’s proceeds or a specific dollar amount per meal, etc.). Help support a local charity at the same time as dining on delicious food at the following restaurants: The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Gino’s East and PIER 290. The Geneva Inn Restaurant is partnering with The Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park, giving a $1 from every meal purchased. Gino’s East is partnering with Dan Green’s Touch A Life, Heal A Heart Foundation, giving 10% of the day’s proceeds. PIER 290 is partnering with Santa Cause, giving 20% of the day’s proceeds. The Boat House Bar & Grill is also partnering with a local charity, but since they are closed on Tuesday, Nov. 7, they are doing Charity Day on Thursday, Nov. 9, giving 10% of the day’s proceeds to Lot of Love.

Don’t waste a moment of these 7 days and getting to as many of the participating restaurants as possible! If time is short for you, then pick the restaurants you’ve always meant to try – seriously, specially designed 3-course menus only available during Dine Around The Lakes and at such fabulous prices?! This is the time to try something new! If you’ve got all the time in the world, then of course your tried and true favorites are on the go to list as well! You absolutely can’t go wrong with any of the restaurant choices or any of their menu items! The hardest thing you’ll have to do is make a decision on which restaurants to go to and then which menu options to pick – I’ll take that challenge! An easy decision is to take me along as your guest!  😀

Again, to view the full list of participating restaurants and their beyond delicious menus, visit DineAroundTheLakes.com