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Gobble This!

Silva Christmas Tree pic 2

The Thrill of the Hunt!
by Just Add Kids’
Silva Karapetian

Frosted, White, Flocked, Fiber Optic, or Aluminum?  What is your Christmas tree memory? Growing up, I always had an artificial Christmas tree.  You know the kind, plastic, tree-in-a-box, assembly required, had the smell of being stored in the musty basement for 11 months.  I thought it was perfectly normal (and it is!)  Then 11 years ago, I realized I married a very lovable, Grizwold-esk man.  Read more…

 

Silva Christmas Tree pic in house 2A little back story: My husband’s family has nothing artificial about their Christmas tree.  Their gifts are dwarfed under the 15 foot REAL conifer, as wide as it was tall, donned with 1500 lights, depending on the girth.  True Christmas bliss!  Now this feat never comes to fruition without the usual trip to 3-4 (and once 7) Christmas tree lots.  It may have been shortly after that trip to 7 lots that Papa decided to downsize, and came home with an “average” 6 foot tree.  Needless to say, that was also the year they had TWO trees.  Bringing that beast into the house has turned into an event, with Papa as the foreman of course.  I think he even commissioned a special base be made to accommodate this tree!

 

In our attempt to make Christmas memories and start new traditions with our family, we also pile in the car, drive to remote spots and cut down our very own Christmas tree. In 2009 while living in Oklahoma, we followed a guide and set to what we soon realized was a desolate part of the countryside. Dusk was approaching and we were low on gas.  We never found the location, didn’t get a tree that day and had to make the difficult decision to turn back before running out of gas and sleeping in the car.  During another Oklahoma “winter” we chose a Leyland Cypress Pine. This feathery fir is popular in the south, however, could not withstand many (if any) of our ornaments, not the best Christmas tree.  I believe our daughter even cried as Daddy cut the tree down that year.  

 

In the few number of years we have been in pursuit for the perfect Christmas tree, each year (and tree) remains with me. We still have many miles to tread, but I have learned that, as with all we do, it is the steps of the journey that makes the whole memory.

Silva Christmas Tree pic 3.jpg

 

I have compiled a list of “Cut Your Own” Christmas tree farms and lots.  I hope you consider starting this tradition.  Please note: some of these locations are an hour from Racine (don’t forget to gas up!)

CUT YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREES

Bentz Road Farm
6109 85th Street, Pleasant Prairie,  WI  53158
Opening Day: Friday, November 27th, 10am – 5pm
Weekends: November 28th & 29th, 10am – 5pm
December Weekends: 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th – 10am – 5:30pm
Weekdays (Mon – Fri) – December 1st to 18th , Noon to 4:30pm (self serve baling)
They supply the saw and twine but are no longer able to load your trees on weekdays. An area will be set up for photos in the pavilion. Kids can make a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the thrill of the hunt for their family tradition!
For more information: Contact Theresa (262) 620-4636
To schedule an appointment if other times are desired or if you’d like to place an order. Private tours can be arranged that include the life cycle of a tree.
Other ways of to contact Bentz:
info@bentzroadfarm.com
 https://www.facebook.com/BentzRoadFarm

Buffalo Bill’s Christmas Trees
9612 West Oakwood Road, Franklin, WI 53132
Open: November 27th to December 20th
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 5pm
Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Farm has you choose and you cut, pre-cut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, Santa appearances, Christmas decorations, trees bagged, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided, bonfires, free hot chocolate, free hot cider, gift shop, porta-potties, face painting. Friendly pets on a leash welcome to come visit and receive a treat. Kids make a free pinecone ornament in our craft area. Fresh hand made wreaths and custom wreaths made throughout the holiday season on our farm. Payment: cash or check.
For more information: (414)427-5155

Evergreen Acres Christmas Tree Farm
N9171 Nelson Road, East Troy, WI 53120
Open: November 27th and daily until Christmas, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Family owned and operated Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farm on 33 acres. Everygreen Acres’ trees are planted in sod and the fields are mowed to make your walk to find your tree easier. They offer help in the parking lot for shaking, baling and loading your tree as well as help in their heated barn for choosing your special freshly made wreaths and other fine greenery. Staff will also custom decorate a wreath for you if you prefer a special color combination for your home. They will also be happy to help you select a flocked tree in an array of colors.  Please order flocked trees a week or more ahead of pick-up. As you browse the freshly made wreaths, garland and flocked trees in the heated barn, you will be treated to a cup of complimentary cocoa or cider.  If you have children with you, they may be interested in Evergreen Acres’ small sledding hill, weather providing. Payment: cash or check.
For more information: (262)495-4502
ann@evergreenacresllc.com

Noffke Tree Farms
10341 N. Granville Rd, Mequon, WI 53097
Open Thanksgiving Weekend until December 20th for Christmas Tree Sales, Friday to Sunday, 9am – 7pm
“Choose and Cut” Until Dusk (Weather permitting)
While visiting their 47 acre tree farm in Mequon, you can “CHOOSE & CUT” your own tree, or select a “PRE-CUT” tree from their huge selection of trees grown on their farm.  They also have quality made “WREATHS” and hand-cut boughs. Come in and warm up in the indoor shop. You can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider or shop for a special ornament or gift. Don’t worry if you pick out a tree that’s too big, they’ll shake and wrap the tree for ease of transportation.
For more information: (262)242-5157
info@noffketrees.com

Richardson Adventure Farm
9
407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove, IL 60081
Open daily to December 23rd, 9am – 6pm
Choose and harvest your own Christmas Tree. Richardson has over 50,000 trees of many varieties and sizes spread over 75 acres.  Their spacious, heated sales barn has indoor restrooms and friendly people to assist you.  On weekends, enjoy a free wagon ride to and from the fields and they’ll even haul your tree for you!  When you get back, they will shake your tree to get the loose needles out and bale it in plastic netting to keep it manageable for the ride to your home.  Your tree is tagged and you receive a numbered receipt to preserve the identity of the tree while you go inside to enjoy a free hot chocolate or coffee. There are hundreds of fresh wreaths and decorations inside for sale along with fresh, homemade donuts.  The majority of their wreaths, garland, decorations and bows are made on the Richardson farm.  Custom orders welcomed.
For more information: (815) 675-9729
https://www.facebook.com/richardsonfarmexperience

Sugar Creek Christmas Tree Farm
N6447 Church Rd, Burlington, WI 53105
Opening Day:  Friday, November 27th to Christmas Eve Hours daily: 8:00 am – Dark
The Chesky family invites you to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree this year at our beautiful farm in the Sugar Creek valley. It’s like an escape to the north woods conveniently located in southeast Wisconsin. Start a new tradition! Sugar Creek Tree Farm is family owned and operated and is located in southeast Wisconsin near Alpine Valley. The farm is 32 acres and there are thousands of beautiful trees available for your selection. Our scenic wilderness location is our specialty and we have great trees, friendly service and low prices.
For more information: (262) 767-1177
contact@sugarcreektreefarm.com

Trees for Less Nursery (2 locations)
11550 N. Wasaukee Rd, Mequon
Open 7 days a week 8am – dark
2123 E. River Rd, Grafton
Open from 8am – 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays
Tarps and saws are available or they will cut the tree for you.  Free tree netting and loading.  Scenic hayrides to choose and cut field.  Hot chocolate, snacks and more. Enjoy their toasty fire pit and live music (weekends only).
For more information: (262) 242-7522 (Mequon), (262)573-7206 (Grafton)
info@treesforless.com

Valley View Tree Farm
W798 Valley View Rd, Burlington, WI 53105
Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday; 9 AM – 4 PM, weekdays
When you come to the farm check in at the office. There are no pre-cut trees. Directions and a saw are given, then you are able to walk the around 5 acres. When you find the perfect one you cut it down and drag it to Valley View’s shaker where they shake and bale the trees complimentary. Twine is provided. Indoor restroom for those who need it. Pets are welcome on a leash. A small gift shop with ornaments, some items for kids, stands and tree bags. Centerpieces and small arrangements available for purchase. Complimentary hot chocolate offered. Kids can feed the chickens. There are no roosters so the chickens are all friendly. Fresh farm eggs available. Sledding hill and sleds available if there is snow.
For more information: contact Brian & Denise Stankus,  (262)210-7235

 

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Light Snow ‘n Show!

Light those Lights!Holiday Tour of Lights sponsored by Racine Art Museum logo
Compiled by
Just Add Kids’

Silva Karapetian

We’re loving this time of the year with the sights and sounds of the holiday season.

Whether you drive by, go on foot, or grab a ride…Have fun with the family celebrating the season of lights.  At Just Add Kids, we are proud to present the 2015 Holiday Tour of Lights featuring a directory of light show destinations, home light shows, and more, graciously sponsored by the Racine Art Museum. Read more…

2015 Holiday Tour of Lights (updated 12/12)
Sponsored by Racine Art Museum
RAM logo

 

 

 

Nightmare Before Christmas – Bayview
2700 Block Logan Avenue, Bayview
mid-September until early January
The 2700 block of Logan transforms into the Nightmare Before Christmas. After Halloween one house follows the chronology of the movie in actual time, the decorations changing every week or two until New Years.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee
Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee
Zeidler Union Square, 633 W. Wisconsin Avenue #409, Milwaukee
November 19 – December 27
This six-week festival will give downtown a boost of holiday spirit with colorful lights and animated displays in Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park and Zeidler Union Square. Visitors will see the streetscape transformed by sparkling rooflines, harp lamp lighting and suspended décor above downtown intersections. In addition, $1 Jingle Bus rides will operate Thursday through Sunday evenings connecting visitors to all the sights.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights Spectacular
Racine Zoo, 2131 North Main Street, Racine
November 19 – December 31
Enjoy the bright holiday lights at the zoo created and maintained by area Kiwanis Clubs members. You’ll see animals, a train, a steamboat, clever animation, and of course Santa! Open nightly through the holidays starting at 5 p.m.

The Country Christmas Light Show
Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha
November  26 – 29 & December 4 – January 2
Monday -Thursday 5 – 9pm
Friday, Saturday & Holidays 5 – 10pm
A holiday-in-lights extravaganza featuring 250 displays lit with more than 750,000 lights in a 1-mile drive along a wooded trail. Nestled in the heart of Southeastern Wisconsin is a holiday destination steeped in festive tradition. Each year, the Country Springs Hotel is transformed into a winter wonderland called Country Christmas. Admission to Wisconsin’s largest drive through Christmas lights display includes a trip through the Country Christmas Trail and entrance to two buildings located at the end of the trail, Christmas Village and The Streets of Bethlehem. For more information, phone 262-547-0201.

Kenosha Christmas Lights
6834 106th Avenue, Kenosha
November 26 to December 31, 5 – 10pm
Stop by to view 30,000+ Christmas lights animated to music. Tune into 101.3 when you arrive.

McLight Show on Aberdeen
4847 Aberdeen Drive, Racine
Opens November 26 at 8pm
then November 27 to January 1
Monday-Thurday,
 5 – 10pm
Friday-Saturday, 5 – 10:30pm
Sunday, 5 – 10pm
Stay warm in your car and tune the radio to 101.3 FM to enjoy a choreographed display of over 5,000 Christmas lights set to music. You might even catch an early glimpse of Santa!

Jamestown Lights 2015
Taurus Drive (South) just east of Highway K and 38, Caledonia
November 27 to January 1, 5 – 10pm
Light display is synchronized to many holiday favorites. Hear the music in your vehicle by tuning to 99.7FM. The display uses over 350 channels of computer control to make the lights dance to the beats! “Douglas Fir” is back again this year, a 9 foot talking and singing Christmas tree. New to the show this year are RGB floodlights and 2 candy cane wheels. NOTE – display is found in back yard – can be easily viewed from Taurus drive between the ponds.

Candy Cane Lane –  Milwaukee
Neighborhood bordered by 96th Street on the west, 92nd Street on the east, Montana Avenue on the north, and Oklahoma Avenue on the south.
November 27 – December 27
Weekdays, 6 – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 5 – 10pm
Every year, this neighborhood joins together and decorate their homes and give up their time to encourage people to come and donate to the MACC fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). Over the years, Candy Cane Lane has grown to a collaboration of more than 300 homes! Since its inception, the neighborhood program has raised more than $1.6 million to support childhood cancer research and research of related blood disorders. More than $105,000 was raised last year alone! Visitors come from far and away to drive or stroll through this winter wonderland of holiday sights and sounds. Santa Claus will be there every night from December 6-23.

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival Light Show
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia
Saturday, November 28 through Thursday, December 31 (Closed Christmas)
Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 5 – 10pm
Welcome to the Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights, Southeastern Wisconsin’s biggest, brightest and most dazzling holiday lights display! Relax in the comfort of your car as you wind your way through the campground. With lights on all sides and high above in the trees and one-of-a-kind hand-crafted displays featuring elves, reindeer, forest friends, beloved children’s characters, Santa himself and more, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into one of your favorite Christmas movies. Stay awhile and enjoy a hot beverage, get your picture taken with Santa or write him a letter to be sent to the North Pole, and browse our gift shop for fun and unique holiday gifts. Car (up to 8 people) $15 Large passenger vans, camper, limo, mini bus $25, Large Bus, Greyhound or Large Motorhome $30 (CASH ONLY- ATM located in store).

BMO Harris Holiday Display
770 N. Water Street, Milwaukee
November 30 – January 4, 2016
Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm; Weekends, Christmas and New Year’s Day, 9am – 4pm (Closed: December 12 and 24 at 1pm, and January 4 at 5pm)
The holiday display has been an iconic Milwaukee family attraction for 43 years.  Bank employees work to transform the lobby into a winter wonderland.  This years theme is, “Northern Lights: The Magical World of the Snow Queen”.  Decorations will include 150 life-size Steiff animals based on the holiday story.   For each visitor to the display, BMO Harris will donate $5 to Feeding America Eastern WI.  For more information call (414) 765-7500

La Salette Shrine Holiday Lights
336th  Avenue, Twin Lakes
December 1 to January 1 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only)
5 – 9pm
Countless colorful miniature lights are turned on. Come on weekends and walk the grounds to view the biblical displays and Christmas alphabet. Please keep in mind the weather conditions because the displays are outdoors

Explore the Magic of Christmas in Milwaukee
The tours run from December 1 – December 23
Join a walking tour of Downtown Milwaukee and view the magnificent lights, while making-merry with your own elf.  Enjoy the spectacle of Cathedral Square, the thrilling window displays, the brilliance of Pere Marquette Park and bask in the glow of the impressive city tree.  This 1.25 mile walk through the holiday-trimmed streets of Downtown Milwaukee will be led by your very own holiday elf.  While you stroll the streets, you will play Christmas Trivia and hear about the history of our wonderful city. At mid-point in the tour we will take a short break at Red Arrow Park to warm up and, if you choose, purchase a hot drink. (Adults $10, kids under 12 $5)

Milwaukee Food & City Tours presents 
Christmas Lights and Dessert Tour
Downtown Milwaukee
(meeting location & details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets)
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26 (see website for times)
Enjoy the downtown Milwaukee holiday lights while riding in style in a cozy mini coach and sampling some delicious desserts!  The 2-hour narrated bus tour departs from downtown Milwaukee and features holiday displays with walking stops in Cathedral Square and Pere Marquette Park, plus viewing opportunities through light displays that may includes areas such as Red Arrow Park, Zeidler Union Square, Historic Third Ward, and Miller Brewery’s Holiday Lites display. On this tour you’ll also sample hot chocolate (or coffee, if preferred) and desserts from three local restaurants. And, to quote Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” – therefore, your SINGING TOUR GUIDE will lead the bus in a Christmas caroling sing-a-long! Tickets are $50. For more information phone (888) 473-1922 or email service@zerve.com

Miller/Coors Seasonal Holiday Lites Tour
Miller Valley at the Milwaukee Brewery, 4251 W. State Street, Milwaukee
Fridays and Saturdays, December 4 – 19, every 20 minutes, beginning at 4:40pm until 9pm
MillerCoors will kick off its annual holiday celebration  when the “Holiday Lites,” return to Milwaukee. More than 300,000 LED lights, synchronized to a mix of modern and traditional holiday music. Residents and visitors to the Milwaukee-area are invited to visit the Miller Valley and take the Miller Brewery Tour to experience this long-standing holiday tradition. While there, visitors will receive a free mini tour, including the Lite Show. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys-For-Tots or a non-perishable food item for Hunger Task Force. More information, call 414-931-BEER (2337) locally or 800-944-LITE.

H.C. Light Show
6235 S. 123rd Street, Hales Corners
Lana and Scott Stachowski’s residence. Lights and music are coordinated on a continuous loop for a nightly show that runs from 5 to 10 p.m. through January. The show is free, but the Stachowskis also collect donations for the American Cancer Society.

 

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Hi, Five!

SCAN’s Gimme 5 for Safe KidsStop Child Abuse artwork SCAN
An invitation from
Karen Fetherston,
Child Abuse Awareness Coordinator
Lutheran Social Services
of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
and
Paula Herrmann, Founder
Just Add Kids

 A hand goes up, and a child begins to talk about
things happening at home, asking: “Is this child abuse?”
The innocence behind the question underscores
the importance of educating children at a young age
about child abuse so they know when to ask for help…

Continue reading and you’ll see PRECISELY why the Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) program of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is crucial to our community’s children.

In this case, a seven-year old Racine child
told a SCAN presenter about long-term sexual abuse
by two family members. The child had kept this from other family members, school staff and other trusted adults.
The informat
ion presented by SCAN,
as well as the SCAN facilitator’s compassionate demeanor, taught this child that what was happening was abusive
and was not the child’s fault, and it gave the
child the courage to follow through and tell the secret.
Read more…

SCAN has been providing child abuse prevention lessons to students in southeastern Wisconsin for over 30 years, currently teaching lessons to preschoolers, kindergartners, 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders in Racine and Kenosha County schools. During the 2014-2015 school year, SCAN taught lessons to nearly 11,000 youth in Racine and Kenosha County schools. Students are taught to recognize abusive situations, to disclose abuse should it occur, and to identify sources of support. Above all, we want children to know that abuse is never the fault of the child.

…And that is the hope – that children recognize
when something is wrong and tell a responsible adult
about it so someone can step in.
SCAN doesn’t always get to see the final result
of their presentations, but just knowing
that a child like this seven-year old would
no longer be dealing with this alone is enough.

Who Can I tell Stop Child Abuse artwork SCAN (2)

SCAN is essential to Racine but often does not receive the support necessary to ensure  continued work with children. Due to reductions in funding and increased costs associated with programming, the program is in the unfortunate position of having to make tough decisions about which schools need to be suspended from its list of schools served. What has resulted is a decision to suspend service to western Racine County schools since they bear the highest cost in terms of travel time and mileage. That means about a 17% reduction in SCAN’s audience, or about 1,651 western Racine County students. SCAN needs to raise about $5000 to see those groups.

At the heart of our community is the opportunity for people to join together to make a positive and lasting difference in people’s lives. This November, SCAN needs your help. They need $5000 and are hoping to raise it even if it’s $5 at a time.

Your $5 will fund the following SCAN programs:

KidSCAN: Preschool program for three- to five year-old children that uses dolls, posters, songs and games to teach about child abuse.
SCANMAN: Puppet show for kindergarten students that teaches stranger danger and child abuse awareness.
SCAN Stories: Second-grade program that uses storytelling to begin a discussion about child abuse.
Yes We SCAN!: Fourth-grade program that uses a video to build awareness and encourage further discussion of child abuse.
iSCAN: Sixth grade curriculum that features a video, presentation and discussion about internet safety.

Please find it in your heart and follow the link below to donate and share, share, share. Let’s get this done! Gimme 5! (for the kids).

SCAN Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/462231880629723/

SCAN webpage:
http://www.lsswis.org/LSS/Services/Parenting/Child-Abuse-Neglect-Education.htm

Direct link to SCAN Online Donation Page:
https://www.changealife.today/OffNav/SCAN-Donation

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He’s Making A List…

…Of Santa Stops!
(updated 12/8/2015)Finding Santa sponsored by Educators Credit Union 2015
Compiled by
Just Add Kids’
Silva Karapetian

‘Tis the season!

It’s the battle of the “Breakfast with Santa’s”.

Let the games begin!

The jolly man in the big fuzzy red suit is coming town. We here at Just Add Kids are compiling an ongoing list of where you can find Santa Claus ’round our corner of southeastern Wisconsin.  Read more…

So check this list, and do it twice, or more! We’ll add Santa events here and on our website’s calendar JAK Happenings, along with other kid-oriented, holiday happenings as we learn about them.

Ho Ho Hope you have fun!

**DENOTES**activities and events that are designed for and/or welcoming to families of children/dependent young adults with special needs.

Finding Santa 2015 Directory (updated 12/8)
Sponsored by Educators Credit Union
Educators Credit Union logo 2014 v3

Make A Date With Santa
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale
November 6 to December 24 (daily 10am – 9pm)
Come take your photo with Santa and create special memories that last a lifetime!  Save time and avoid the line by making a date with Santa.  Book your reservation with Santa to occur before Black Friday (November 27) and receive a FREE multi-image CD ($29.99 value) with a $39.99 photo package purchase! A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your appointment. This $10 will be put towards your purchase of a Santa photo package during your visit with Santa. For Santa’s daily hours or package pricing, call the mall Guest Services Center at (414) 421-5600 (or e-mail: sclaus@createholidaymagic.com). **FYI: “Caring Santa” will have a special date and time before the mall opens for kids with special needs.  Please call for more information.

Breakfast with Santa at Grand Geneva
Ballroom: 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Every Saturday and Sunday, November 28 – December 20, 8am – 12noon
Join us for live holiday music and meet Santa while enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet. Featuring fun holiday activities, plus separate kids’ and adults’ buffets to accommodate every taste. All attire is welcome, whether you want to dress up for your photo with Santa or show up in your PJ’s. It’s almost as fun as Christmas morning. Bring your list!  Adults $25, Kids (6-12) $15, Kids (2-5) $8.  Reservations recommended: call (262) 249-4788

Breakfast with Santa at Watts Tea Shop
George Watts & Son, 761 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
Every Saturday, 9am, November 28th, December 5th, 12th, 19th, and Special Christmas Eve Seating on Thursday, December 24th at 9:00am
Come dressed up in your holiday attire and bring the children to tell Santa their heart’s desire. A scrumptious breakfast with a fabulous surprise gift for every child at Milwaukee’s most historic Tea Room. Meet the Jolly Old Elf, for a photo opportunity, while Mrs. Claus reads her lively version of The Night Before Christmas.  $25 per person includes meal and free gift for EVERY attendee. Call for reservations (414)290-5700.

East Troy Electric Railroad’s Christmas Express Train
2002 Church Street, East Troy
November 28 & 29; December 5 & 6; 12 & 13; 19 & 20
9:30am, 12pm, and 2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays listed
The magical ride will take you a half hour from the East Troy Depot to Santa’s workshop located at the Elegant Farmer. Here children can visit Santa and get a photo taken with the jolly elf himself! Santa’s workshop wouldn’t be complete without a craft project and some hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy after working on those crafts! Advanced reservations are required (262) 642-3263. Adults (ages 12 and up) $15, children (ages 0-11) $17.50

Visit Santa at Santa’s Chalet – West Racine
Northwest corner of Washington Avenue & Grove Avenue, Racine
Every Saturday & Sunday, 12noon – 3pm, from November 28 through December 20.
Kids, be sure to drop your wish list in the mailbox at the chalet to receive a response from Santa!

Christmas with Mrs. Claus
Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market
11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant
Saturdays, November 28, December 5, 12 & 19,  1 – 4pm
Storytelling, crafts, cookie decorating & more! Free. Ages 1-12. Call (262)886-2235 for more info.

Santa Visits at Grand Geneva
Main Lobby: 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Every Saturday, 2 – 4pm, from November 28 through December 19
Bring your list and check it twice! Visit Santa and his elves while enjoying live holiday musical performances (1:30 – 3:30). Local High School entertainment will perform throughout the season.

Visit with Santa
Rhode Center for the Arts, 5819 Sixth Avenue, Kenosha
Sundays 9am – 12noon, November 29,  December 6, 13, & 20.
Wednesdays 4 – 7pm, December 9, 16, 23.
Visits with Santa are FREE and personal cameras to capture those magical moments are welcome! A photographer will also be on hand to provide photo prints for a small donation. Enjoy coloring and fun activities for the kids, a holiday art show by the Kenosha Art Association, and special appearances by the ensemble from the Lakeside Players’ production, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Soda with Santa
Sprecher Brewery, 701 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale
Sundays, November 29, December 6 and 13, noon – 3pm
Go on a brewery tour, enjoy samples (beer samples for adults, soda samples for everyone), and have your picture taken with Santa. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for minors. Reservations required by calling (414) 964-2739.

Santa’s Workshop at Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: 8425 Hwy 38 Caledonia, WI 53108
December 2 – 23; every Wednesday 6 – 8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30-9:30pm
Kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap, have their photo taken and tell him what they hope to see under the tree on Christmas morning! Photos with Santa are $5 each. Believers age 12 and under can write Santa a letter on the nights they cannot meet him in person and we’ll make sure he receives it. Santa then emails a personalized letter back to each child! (Deadline for receiving a response is December 20.) Enjoy a variety of beverages available at Santa’s Workshop, including hot chocolate, apple cider, lattes, mochas and more. Admission to Christmas Carnival of Lights includes “Santa’s Workshop”. Car (up to 8 people) $15 Large passenger vans, camper, limo, mini bus $25, Large Bus, Greyhound or Large Motorhome $30 (CASH ONLY- ATM located in store)

Pictures with Santa at Educators Credit Union
Friday, December 4, 3 – 6pm at 3525 Rapids Drive, Racine; and 6131 W. Center Street,  Milwaukee
Saturday, December 5, 9am – 12noon at 1201 Marquette Avenue, South Milwaukee; and 15350 W. Howard Avenue, New Berlin
Friday, December 11, from 3 – 6 pm at 1300 90th Street, Sturtevant; 7139 N. Port Washington Avenue, Glendale; and 611 E. Geneva Street, Elkhorn
Saturday, December 12, 9am – 12noon at 4215 Green Bay Road, Kenosha; and 2243 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee
Friday, December 18, 3 – 6 pm at 448 Falcon Ridge, Burlington; 1600 Summit Avenue, Waukesha; and 10811 W. Park Place, Milwaukee
Saturday, December 19, 9am – 12noon, 1400 N. Newman Road, Racine
Kid’s can visit with Santa and get a free picture with him!

Santa’s Chalet at Wehmhoff Square Park
355 N. Pine St. Burlington
December 5 through December 20
Friday evenings from 6 – 8pm
Saturday and Sundays from 2 – 4pm
Santa and Mrs. Claus will enjoy the newly decorated Chalet as they welcome the many children to their weekend retreat. Parents you are welcome to bring your cameras so you can capture your little ones smiles as they talk to Santa and receive a special treat. The chalet will be open starting Dec. 5 following our “Most Loved Christmas Carols” Christmas Parade and every weekend until Christmas. FREE

Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton
Hilton Milwaukee: 509 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19, 9 – 11am
Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift for each child. Enjoy decorating a gingerbread house and a holiday movie. And don’t forget the camera to capture that moment with Santa. $35 Adults, $20 Children (3-12),  2 and under free. For reservations call (877) 704-5327.

Breakfast with Santa at the Pfister Hotel
424 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19, 9:30 – 11:30am
A Pfister tradition for lifelong memories. Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift awaiting each child. Don’t forget the cameras to capture that moment with Santa! $35 Adults, $20 Children 3 to 12 years, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). To reserve your spot with Santa, please call (877) 704-5340 or (414) 935-5950.

Santa, His Elves, and Live Reindeer
Starbucks, 685 Main Street, Lake Geneva
Saturdays, December 5, 12, and 19, 11am – 2pm
Santa, his Elves, and real Live Reindeer will be at the downtown Lake Geneva Starbucks. Come sit on Santa’s lap with your wish list and see his Reindeer up close and personal. Bring your own camera for free photos or purchase a professional photo. Stores will be offering a multitude of Christmas shopping deals.

Old World Holiday Breakfast
Old World Wisconsin, W372S9727 Wisconsin 67, Eagle
Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6 at 9:30am
Saturday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13 at 9:30am
A fantastic way to celebrate the coming holidays! Enjoy a hearty holiday buffet in the big, red Clausing Barn.  Make it a full day of fun when you purchase a Holiday Combo Ticket to Old World Holiday Breakfast and An Old World Christmas and enjoy a festive breakfast and holiday performance, a horse-drawn bobsled ride (snow permitting), and all of the seasonal activities at the daylong event! Be sure to meet our 19th-century Father Christmas (aka: Santa) for your one-of-a-kind holiday photo. Advance Reservations Required. Breakfast only: Adults $22, children 5-12 $10, plus 5.1% tax and one-time $3 service charge, children 4 and under free. Holiday Combo Ticket: Enjoy Old World Holiday Breakfast plus An Old World Christmas: Adults $29, children 5-12 $14, plus 5.1% tax and one-time $3 service fee, children 4 and under free. Advance reservations available online or call 262-594-6301. No reservations are required for An Old World Christmas, a day of holiday fun, held the same dates (hours 10am to 5pm each day), however discounted admission is available only with the advance purchase of Old World Holiday Breakfast.

Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer
Apple Holler – 5006 S Sylvania Avenue, Sturtevant
December 5 to 20, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am
Cost: $8.00 per person (children & adults) A children’s interactive holiday musical with special appearance and photo opportunity  with Santa Claus, the reindeer and Mrs. Claus (bring your camera!). Homemade holiday cookie, craft, and ride on the Candy Cane Express. Reservations required, and are available online.

Breakfast with Santa 
Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market, 11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant
Sundays, December 6 and 13, at 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00noon
Adults $8.95, Children 2-10 $6.95. Tickets can be purchased in store or over the phone. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, french toast sticks, fresh fruit, pastries and an assortment of beverages. Each child will have an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and tell them their Christmas wishes. Limited seating, so don’t wait! Buy your tickets today! Call (262)886-2235 for more info.

Build a Gingerbread House & Have Breakfast with Santa at the Harley-Davidson Museum
MOTOR Bar & Restaurant: 401 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee
Sundays, December 6 & 13,  10am – 2pm
Bring the kids down to the Harley-Davidson Museum for a special MOTOR breakfast with Santa! In this annual tradition, parents and children have the opportunity to snap a photo with Santa on a Harley-Davidson and build their very own gingerbread house. Space for the event is limited and reservations are required. 20.95 per gingerbread house. Call (414) 287-2778 to make a reservation.

Pictures with Santa
Villa D’Carlo Restaurant, 5140 6th Avenue, Kenosha
Monday-Wednesday, December 7, 8 & 9 and December 14, 15, & 16; 5 – 8pm
December 7 – 8: Come with a donation and have your child(ren) have their photo taken with Santa. Half of all tips given to Santa’s photographer will be donated to VFW Riders’ Group/Stand with Dave Taylor Cancer Fund.
December 14 – 16: Santa and Mrs. Claus will return for children to give Santa letters.

**A.S.P. Autism Solution Pieces Christmas Celebration**
Career Industries,  4811 Washington Avenue, Racine
Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 – 8pm
Join us for this annual FREE festive evening! Photos with Santa, crafts with his elves, and hot cocoa with Frosty! For a Jolly Good Time, please rsvp to autismsolutionpieces@gmail.com or calling 262-497-5890 or 262-639-3041

Storytime with Santa
Sealed Air YMCA: 8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant
Friday, December 11,  7 – 8:30pm
Games and crafts with family, stories with Santa, pancakes and pictures with Santa.  YMCA members $3, general public $4.  Raffle tickets will be sold for entry to win a toy! Call (262)634-1994 for more information.

Family Fun Breakfast with Santa
Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd Street, Kenosha
Saturday, December 12, 9am – 11am
Your family will enjoy pictures and story time with Santa, and creating family ornaments and cards. Menu: Mrs. Claus Egg-cellent Casserole, Reindeer Trailmix Cereal, Frosty’s Yogurt, Elf Fruit and Santa’s Special Hot Cocoa. This is a FREE family holiday event; a donation to the Y’s Annual Campaign would be greatly appreciated.

Breakfast with Santa
Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 20; 9 – 11am
Doors will not open until check-in at 8:30am with fun and food starting at 9am! $25.00 per person (adult or children 3-12 years old) and includes food, beverage, activities for children, tax and service.  Fun activities inspired by the holiday! Kids will also have the chance to sit on Santa’s lap,all captured with a memorable photo keepsake. All reservations and payments are handled online.

Breakfast with Santa at the RecPlex
Wruck Beach Pavilion on Lake Andrea, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, December 12, 9am
Join us this Holiday season for a buffet-style, sit-down breakfast consists of eggs, sausage, donuts, juice & coffee. $15 members/$19 non-members (Children under 2 are free). Price includes fun surprises for the children. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. High chairs are not provided.Call (262)947-3650 to register by December 8th.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Pine Street Cafe, 141 N. Pine Street, Burlington
Saturday, December 12, 9am – 12noon
Order from the menu.  (262) 763-9800

Cocoa with the Clauses
Cathedral Square Park – 520 E Wells Street, Milwaukee
Saturday, December 12, 11am – 2pm
Cathedral Square Park hosts the North Pole’s most recognizable residents in this outdoor cocoa klatch. Santa and Mrs. Claus will hear wish lists, while moms and dads can snap 2 free keepsake photos. Just remember to bring your camera! Elves and other holiday characters will also be there. Other free treats include hot cocoa and cookies. And if that isn’t reason enough to bundle up for some holiday fun, neighboring restaurants will offer meal deals just for kids. It’s sure to be a blast! For info, call 414.220.4700 ext. 5. While Cocoa with the Clauses is a free event, a nonperishable food donation for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is encouraged.

Lions Club 41st Annual Breakfast with Santa
Muskego High School Cafeteria, W183S8750 Racine Avenue, Muskego
Sunday, December 13, 8am – 12:30pm
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is served.  Adults $6, Kids $3, Under 4 years old – FREE!  Enjoy photos with Santa, music, raffles, and crafters.

Santa Fun Time
McDonald’s: 6630 Washington Avenue, Mount Pleasant
Wednesday, December 16, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Visit with Santa. Gifts from Santa. Holiday art projects. Cookie decorating. Prize drawing.  Bring your camera.  Parents or guardians must remain on premises with child participants.  Event is FREE. For more information call (262) 886-1177.

7th Annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast at Georgie Porgie’s Treefort Restaurant
Mount Pleasant location: 5502 Washington Avenue, Racine
Oak Creek location: 9555 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek
Saturday, December 19th & Wednesday, December 24; 7am – 10:30am
Enjoy delicious pancakes topped with your choice of five favorite Treefort toppings and our creamy Wisconsin custard.  Plus, Santa will be making a visit to both locations! He will be at our Oak Creek location from 8-9am and Mt. Pleasant from 9:30-10:30am.

Polar Pajama Party
Chasing Tales, 7265 S. 1st Street, Oak Creek
December 19, 4 – 8pm
Join us for a visit with Santa and pictures, hot cocoa and cookie decorating, games, Santa’s mailbox, and train and jingle bell crafts. Advance tickets available until December 5th: $18 first child, $12 each additional sibling.After December 5th $20 first child, $15 each additional sibling. Extras include a bounce house, $2 per jump or a wristband for $8 for unlimited jumping.

Holiday Ice Show – Skate with Santa
RecPlex Ice Arena, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, December 19, 1pm & 6:30pm shows; 3:30 – 5pm Skate with Santa
Let us help you celebrate the Holidays! Bring your friends and family to this special event. Holiday music, bright lights and colorful costumes set the atmosphere for our Pleasant Prairie Skating School U.S. Basic Skills, Freestyle, Synchronized and guest skaters to entertain you and get you in the holiday mood! Cost: $10 per person, general seating. $11 per person, reserved. Ages 2 and under are free. Skate with Santa at 3:30-5pm. Admission is free for participants and paid admissions to the Holiday Ice Show. Otherwise, $6 per adult. $4 per person skate rental applies to all who need skates.

Christmas Party at Great Lakes Farmer’s Market
Milaeger’s, 4838 Douglas Avenue, Racine
Sunday, December 20, 8am – 12noon
A superb market with great offerings and specials for great gift giving ideas! Children, come and visit Santa at the market. Santa will be here from 12-2 in his sleigh filled with candy canes and coloring books for you to enjoy! Don’t forget to give him your wish list!

Lunch with Santa
C.A.T.H.E. Center, 125 E. State Street, Burlington
Sunday, December 20, 12noon – 2pm
We will have lunch, Christmas crafts, cookie decorating, and fun for the whole family! $10 for Kids, $7 for Adults. For more info, call (262) 767-9661.

Cookies and Milk with Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine
Wednesday, December 23, 10am – 12pm
Come and join us for Cookies, Milk, fun and games. Mr. & Mrs Claus will be hosting this holiday get-together for kids, and kids at heart.  Santa Claus will be taking last minute suggestions as he prepares for the big night. $8 per person.  All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are hosting, or know of a Santa event that is not listed above, please send us all of the details including: name of the event, date(s), times, description including family-friendly aspect along with contact info (name, phone, email, website).
Email: silva.justaddkids@gmail.com
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