Weekend is full of holiday cheer

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Margaret Plevak | December 5, 2013

Deck the weekend with holiday events, from parades in Lake Geneva, Elkhorn, East Troy and Burlington, to a Victorian Christmas in Sharon and a meet-and-greet with Santa in Whitewater.

Love Lite tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, in the main lobby. A string choir from Delavan-Darien High School will perform. To purchase a bulb to honor or in memory of a loved one, call (262) 741-2924.

Holiday Open House, Dec. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Darien Library, 47 Park St., Darien. The High School's choir will perform. Make holiday ornaments and help decorate the tree. Refreshments. Place a bid on a holiday gift basket while you're there.

Brian Wales will perform a reading of Charles Dickens's “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. The performance will include musical accompaniment on the guitar and is sure to fill you with holiday spirit. Join us around the library's fireplace for a cozy winter's evening.  No registration required. (262) 723-2678

Victorian Christmas evening, Dec. 6, downtown Sharon, Wis. Lighted carriage parade, visits with Santa, costumed characters, carolers and music. (262) 736-4888

32nd annual Burlington Christmas Parade, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., with a parade theme of “A Storybook Christmas,” downtown Burlington. Reindeer, sled dogs and the Brewers Racing Sausages will participate. (262) 763-3631, www.burlingtonchamber.org

First Fridays Artist Reception, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring local artists, Brick Street Market, 104 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan. (262) 740-1889, www.brickstreetmarket.com

Elkhorn Christmas tree lighting and Santa and Mrs. Claus reception, Dec. 6. Tree in downtown square will be lit at 6:30 p.m. by Santa and a special helper. Afterwards, go to the Matheson Memorial Library for reception with hot chocolate, cookies, music and crafts. Santa will meet with children. (262) 723-5788, www.elkhornchamber.com

Meet Santa at First Citizens Bank, Dec. 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., main lobby. Bring a donation for the local food pantry. 207 W. Main St., Whitewater. (262) 473-2112

Victorian Christmas Evening, Dec. 6, downtown Sharon, Wisconsin Highway 67 and County Highway C, downtown Sharon. (262) 736-4888

Christmas of Yesteryear, Dec. 6-8 in Richmond, Ill. Friday night launches the Christmas of Yesteryear celebration with the tree lighting and Santa. On Saturday various activities and performances held at Memorial Hall. Sunday is the Fireman's Breakfast starting at 9 a.m. until noon. More details as the event comes closer.

Holiday Dinner Theater: “Little Women,” Dec. 6-8, with seatings at 7 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Performance features this Christmas drama in the 150-year-old Caldwell Farmers' Club Hall, Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67, Eagle. (262) 594-6301, www.oldworldwisconsin.org

Visit with Santa at his chalet, Dec. 6-8, in Wehmhoff Park, 166 E. Jefferson St., Burlington. (262) 763-3631, www.burlingtonchamber.org

Lake Geneva Festival of Lights, Dec. 6-8 — Kick off on Friday with story time in the Atrium in the Landmark Building at Kilwins, followed by a tree lighting ceremony with Santa at the Riviera. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy musical performances and Victorian carolers. Santa and the live reindeer will also be available for pictures in front of Starbucks, at the corner of Center and Main Street.

Victorian Christmas Party, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva. Visit with Santa and his elf, enjoy music, stories, cookies and treats. Free to all. (262) 248-6060

Fellow Mortals Christmas Party and fundraiser, Dec. 7, at the Riviera, Lake Geneva. Buffet dinner, appetizers, drinks and dessert, plus silent auction, raffles, holiday gift shop to benefit the wildlife rehabilitation center in Lake Geneva. Tickets at (262) 248-5055, wildrehab@fellowmortals.org or online at http://fellowmortals.org/holiday-event/

Yuletide Artisan Market, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for the holiday from the work of local artisans, at the Burlington Garden Center, 5205 Mormon Road, Burlington. Register at (262) 763-2153, burlingtongardencenter.com

20th annual Holiday Cookie Sale, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until sold out. First Congregational Church, 76 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn.

Christmas in Harvard, Dec. 7, throughout the downtown. (815) 943-4410 www.harvcc.net

32nd annual Christmas Card Town Parade, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m., downtown Elkhorn. Christmas decorated floats, novelty acts, music, animals, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. (262) 723-5788, www.elkhornchamber.com

Holly Ball Goes Hollywood, Dec. 7, is a benefit for the Geneva Lake Conservancy. The Gala event begins at 6 p.m., Big Foot Country Club and includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction. Reservations at (262) 275-5700, events@GenevaLakeConservancy.org

Creating Beautiful Winter Containers workshop, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m., with Sharilyn Smage at Northwind Perennial Farm, 7047 Hospital Road, Burlington. (262) 248-8229, www.northwindperennialfarm.com
East Troy Santa Train, Dec. 7. Leaves Indianhead Park in Mukwonago at 4 p.m. and arrives at the Division Street crossing in East Troy at 6:10 p.m., with brief stops at crossings along the way. Ride along with Santa. Tickets: (262) 642-3770 or visit www.easttroywi.org

38th annual Great Electric Children's Christmas Parade, Dec. 7, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Lake Geneva along Broad Street. (262) 248-4416, www.lakegenevawi.com

Christmas Tree Walk, Dec. 6-8, hosted by the Walworth County Historical Society at Heritage Hall, 103 E. Rockwell,  (across from the Webster House Museum) in Elkhorn. Decorated trees provided by businesses and volunteers, plus a bazaar of tree ornaments and other items. Open 5-8 p.m. Friday (to coincide with Elkhorn's tree lighting), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (during Elkhorn's Christmas parade) and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (stop in after church).

Holiday sale, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church, 2945 Main St. East Troy, The sale will include Christmas baked goods, used books, greeting cards, knitted items, Christmas decorations, kitchen knives and flavorings.

Midweek Magic: It's a Wonderful Night in Mukwonago, Dec. 7,  10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Festival features indoor crafter marketplace, shopping, parade, fireworks, pictures with Santa, holiday entertainment, horse drawn carriage rides and historic trolley rides. The Christmas Parade starts at 2 p.m. from the High School. Plus, ribbon cutting after the parade with an open house of the new Library. www.mukwonagochamber.com

Santa on the Square in East Troy, Dec. 7, Marketplace 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ivan's Backstage, with Santa and Mrs. Claus expected to arrive at 6:30 p.m. via train, to light the Christmas tree on the square. Holiday entertainment and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside Ivan's Backstage. (262) 642-3770, www.easttroywi.org

Holiday Ornament Workshop, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon for children age 4 to 13. Createpaper ornaments using glitter glue, ribbons, stickers, markers, and sequins. Ornaments to be placed on a special holiday tree, to take home to put on their holiday trees or to give as gifts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library. Walk-ins are welcome, and children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W. Main St. Lake Geneva. (262) 249-5299 or lakegeneva.lib.wi.us

Wine tasting, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., AeppelTreow Winery, 1072 288th Ave., Burlington. (262) 496-7508, www.burlingtonchamber.org

Christmas Lake Geneva Style, Dec. 7-8, with Santa, elves and reindeer at Starbucks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. downtown Lake Geneva. (262) 248-4416, www.lakegenevawi.com

Stone Forest Pottery open house, Dec. 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with stoneware and porcelain artist Teresa Wooden, 8824 Quail Run, Burlington. (262) 539-2762, stoneforestpottery.com

Christmas Express Santa Train, Dec. 7-8, ride the rails with Santa Claus and enjoy Christmas stories along the way. Tickets at (262) 642-3263, www.easttroyrr.org. For more information, Elegant Farmer, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago. (262) 363-6770, www.elegantfarmer.com

The Spirit of Christmas Past, Dec. 7-8, from noon to 4 p.m., from noon to 4 p.m. Warm up by crackling wood-fired stoves ands stroll through 19th-century village, at Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67, Eagle. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, there will be a book signing with Jessie Garcia, author of “My Life With the Green and Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportcasting.” (262) 594-6301, www.oldworldwisconsin.org

Agape House Christmas Open House and Gift Boutique, Dec. 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Agape House, 215 S. Main St., Walworth. (262) 939-3436, CPS@wi.rr.com

Holiday Craft Fair, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hawks View Golf Club, 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva. Enjoy 45 vendor booths, crafts, food, bake sale, community trees raffle. Santa will visit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for photos. Fundraiser benefits A Day in Time, a nonprofit adult memory care program. (262) 210-9783, adayintime.org. ”All I Want for Christmas”?concert presented by the Riverportchorus.org

Wine tasting, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m., AeppelTreow Winery, 1072 288th Ave., Burlington. (262) 496-7508, www.burlingtonchamber.org

Christmas Lake Geneva Style, Dec. 8 with Santa strolling the streets of Lake Geneva from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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