Looking for unusual things to do this Christmas in Wisconsin? Well, you’re in luck, because during the holidays Wisconsin transforms into a weird winter wonderland. From the annual Milwaukee Krampusnacht and the appearance of the curious Kooky Cooky House, to the dazzling light display, holiday markets, Christmas villages, Christmas Card Town, and the even the ghost of the Christmas Tree Ship, there’s no shortage of magical and mysterious things to do in Wisconsin during the Yuletide season. You can even watch a giant cheese wedge drop on New Year’s Eve.
Pour some eggnog, make yourself a raw beef and onion sandwich on rye, and explore the oddities of a weird Wisconsin Christmas.
Christmas Things to Do in Wisconsin
Christmas in Wisconsin FAQ
What is the most Christmassy town in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin has many Christmas towns worthy of a Hallmark movie, but there are a few that definitely stand out for their charm and coziness.
Cedarburg is filled with Christmas magic as the unique shops and galleries decorate their windows and storefronts for the holidays with extravagant displays. You’ll also find Santa’s Workshop and plenty of events and activities all Christmas long.
Ripon brings the Old World Christmas spirit with the annual Dickens of a Christmas, where you’ll find carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and characters like Ebeneezer Scrooge brought to life inside living window displays.
Elkhorn is officially the Christmas Card Town of Wisconsin, as artwork depicting various snowy scenes around town were used for a series of popular Christmas cards in the 1950s.
What are the best Christmas light displays in Wisconsin?
Nothing gets you feeling the holiday spirit quite like the colorful twinkling bulbs of a Christmas light display. Here are a few Wisconsin displays you should definitely check out:
- Christmas Carnival of Lights in Caledonia
- Green Bay Botanical Garden’s Garden of Lights
- Enchantment in the Park in West Bend
- Madison’s Olin Park Holiday Fantasy in Lights
- Milwaukee’s Candy Cane Lane
- Making Spirits Bright in Sheboygan
- Rotary Winter Wonderland in Marshfield
- Chippewa Falls Christmas Village
- Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show in Janesville
- Celebration of Lights in Oshkosh
Santa takes to the sky with the Lake Geneva Balloon Company
Strange Ways to Visit Santa
Sure, you can just take the kids to the mall for pictures with Santa. But these unique experiences celebrate all that is weird and wonderful about the holidays in Wisconsin.
Christmas Ghost Ship
The Rouse Simmons, better known as the Christmas Tree Ship, sank below the waves of Lake Michigan more than 100 years ago. But that doesn’t stop her from still trying to deliver her final load of pines on Christmas Eve.