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All Events from November 26, 2015 to December 26, 2015

Rock Climbing with Clear Water Outdoor
Monday, October 12, 2015 to Monday, April 11, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Open Rock Wall Climb Mondays brought to you by Covenant Harbor
Every Monday from Oct 12- April 11
Clear Water Adventure Club members receive a discount, $5.00
Public $8.00
Kids are $5 each regardless of membership status
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A Wonderful Life (The Musical)-The Fireside Theatre
Thursday, October 29, 2015 to Sunday, December 27, 2015

Seven shows weekly with dinner theatre packages at $68.95 and youth packages at $43.95.

Frank Capra’s story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls has brought hope and inspiration to millions. The Fireside continues its long tradition of bringing you the finest in Christmas entertainment with a stunning, live stage version of this beloved film. Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick and Grammy and Emmy Award winner Joe Raposo, A WONDERFUL LIFE captures all the magic of the film and so much more with the true spirit of Christmas.

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Christmas in the Country Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Major Event
Sunday, November 22, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
All-Day Event
Glorious celebration of lights, music, theater, cuisine and merriment begins with the illumination of a million and a half lights across the resorts 1300 acres of rolling countryside- one of the Midwest's largest lighting displays.  The five-week long festival continues inside Grand Geneva and features dozens of mechanical holiday displays, daily holiday teas, gingerbread houses and breakfast with Santa. Some of Broadways finest performers will take to the stage with live singing, accompanied  by choreography that truly sparkles, as they take the audience on a stroll down memory lane in  "A Christmas Portrait". Or kids can look forward to celebrating the holiday with,  "Thomas & Friends: A Holiday Adventure"  show.  Contact 800-558-3417 or click here for a complete schedule of events.

A Christmas Portrait Schedule:

1:30pm show dates: 12/1, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18

7:30pm show dates: 11/28, 12/1, 12/3, 12/10, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19 >> see more

Holiday Events at The Abbey Resort
Thursday, November 26, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
All-Day Event
Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

​Thanksgiving Weekend is a magical time at The Abbey with the colors of fall surrounding the lake and the official lighting of The Abbey Christmas Tree. Complimentary activities for resort guests will take place on Thursday, November 26 with crafts, movies and bonfires for the whole family. Guests can also enjoy a Thanksgiving Day Buffet with all the fixings from appetizers, to favorite holiday dishes and dessert.

7th Annual Abbey Resort Tree Lighting Ceremony
Children of all ages are invited to experience the start of the magical Christmas season at the 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. Join us for cocoa, candy canes and Santa. Santa will select one special child to help him illuminate The Abbey's Christmas tree.

Christmas activities are available from late November through the end of December with crafts, cookie making, and visits with Santa. Complimentary activities and offerings include:

· Christmas crafts including candy making and cookie decorating as well as Christmas stocking and hat decorating
· Yuletide bonfires
· Story time with Santa's Elf
· Flick 'n Float holiday movies at the indoor pool with red and green glow necklaces
· Classic Holiday movies
· Visits with Santa - The Abbey will host Brunch with Santa every Sunday in December before Christmas
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A Christmas Portrait
Saturday, November 28, 2015 to Saturday, December 19, 2015
1:30pm or 7:30pm
Come join us for an entertaining and uplifting Christmas in the Country with singing, dancing and a stroll down memory lane. Experience the bustling excitement and joy that is only found during the Christmas Season! Do you remember your first sleigh ride? How about that perfect gift under the tree? Let your heart relive these holiday moments and more as we present this timeless musical treasure for the whole family to enjoy. Don't miss A Christmas Portrait!

Show dates: November 28-December 19, 2015
Adults: $30, Children (ages 14 and under): $20
Show Schedule (subject to change)
· Nov. 28: 7:30pm Show
· Dec. 1-2: 1:30pm Show
· Dec. 3-4: 1:30pm and 7:30pm Show
· Dec 5: 7:30pm Show
· Dec. 8-9: 1:30pm Show
· Dec. 10: 1:30pm and 7:30pm Show
· Dec. 15-16: 1:30pm Show
· Dec. 17-18: 1:30pm and 7:30pm Show
· Dec. 19: 7:30pm Show
Call (262) 803-8110 for tickets
Group rates starting at 15 people:
Email for more information on holiday groups.

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East Troy Electric Railroad's Christmas Express Train
Saturday, November 28, 2015 to Sunday, December 20, 2015
9:30am; 12pm; 2:30pm on Sunday and Saturday
November 28,-29, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
The magical ride will take you a half hour from the East Troy Depot (2002 Church Street, East Troy, WI) 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.   >> see more

Holiday Cruise Major Event
Friday, December 04, 2015 to Sunday, December 27, 2015
1:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Lake Geneva, WI – Lake Geneva Cruise Line announced the addition of their winter holiday boat tours beginning Friday, December 4, 2015. The tours will depart and return to the winter harbor located at Gage Marine in Williams Bay, WI.

The tour boat will be decorated to reflect the holiday season and will provide complimentary hot cocoa and coffee. A snack and cash bar will also be available.

The holiday tour schedule:
Fridays, December 4th through December 18th
3:45pm – 4:45pm Sundowner Cruise
5:30pm – 6:30pm Holiday Evening Cruise

Saturdays and Sundays, December 5th through December 27th
1:00pm – 3:00pm Full Lake Tour
3:45pm – 4:45pm Sundowner Cruise
5:30pm – 6:30pm Holiday Evening Cruise

Before or after your cruise, be sure to stop in at PIER 290 Restaurant for lunch or dinner. Special discounts at the restaurant and The Shops at PIER 290 will be offered to those who took the holiday tour.

For complete details and ticket pricing please visit or call 262-248-6206.

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Festival of Lights
Friday, December 04, 2015
All-Day Event
Friday, December 4th at the Riviera for a tree-lighting, cookies & cocoa, and time with Santa. Festival of Lights continues Saturday with Santa & reindeer on the lawn of Geneva Java (252 Center Street) from 1:00-4:00pm and carolers throughout the downtown. Visitors will experience the small-town joys of the holidays.
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Victorian Christmas Party
Saturday, December 05, 2015
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Free admission for all. The Geneva Lake Museum will be holding their Christmas Party from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Featuring gorgeously decorated trees, delicious cookies, games, arts & crafts and music, this is going to be a wonderful event for the whole family! Also be sure to enter their raffle to win a Christmas basket!
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7th Annual Freeze For Life Fundraiser at Gage Marine  Major Event
Saturday, December 05, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday
Calling all wake boarders, surfers, skiers, tubers and even bare footers to participate in this fun and worthwhile fundraiser. Join us Saturday, December 5th, 2015 from 10am until 3pm at Gage Marine in Williams Bay, WI. Boats, equipment and dry suits will be provided along with a hot tub, where water fanatics can warm up before and after their spin on the water. 
Participants are asked to get sponsorship pledges from businesses, family, friends and fans. The minimum donation to participate in Freeze for Life is $50.00. Proceeds from Freeze for Life will help fund college scholarships for area high school students attending the Alternative High School in Elkhorn, WI and help support the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Stay after the event for some Après-ski fun at PIER 290 Restaurant at Gage Marine, with food, drinks and live entertainment.
For more information, please contact Becke Connelly at or visit where you can also donate online.
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Geneva Lake Arts Foundation's Holiday Art Sale
Saturday, December 05, 2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation will hold a Holiday Art Sale on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10:00am until 4:00pm at its Gallery located at 647 Main Street in the North Shore Pavilion in downtown Lake Geneva. Over 100 area members have been invited to display and sell their artwork, prints, cards and ornaments for this one-day “Lollapalooza” of a sale. If you haven’t already done your Christmas shopping for that special person in your life, you’ll be sure to find a gift, which will be treasured for years to come!
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Christmas in Downtown Lake Geneva Major Event
Saturday, December 05, 2015 to Saturday, December 19, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday
A Weekend of Holiday Celebrations - Santa, his Elves, and real Live Reindeer will be at Starbucks December 5th from 1-4pm, 12th from 11-2pm, and 19th from 11-2pm. 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.  

Santa will also be strolling the street of Lake Geneva making visits to the downtown stores and restaurants on December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th.

Gift wrapping will be available December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, & 20th from 12-5pm at 729 Main Street -- all donations will benefit local charities

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40th Annual Great Electric Christmas Parade Major Event
Saturday, December 05, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Lake Geneva on Broad Street.  A holiday tradition!  Local businesses and organizations light up the street.  Be sure to stroll through town following the parade for holiday shopping and dining specials.   >> see more

Chautauqua Winter series with Black Point Estates & Horticultural Hall Major Event
Saturday, December 12, 2015 to Saturday, February 13, 2016
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00pm Saturdays, December 12, January 16, 23, February 6 and February 13

$5.00 per event with the exception of February 6th Bottoms Up! Beer Tasting which is being offered at $20.00 per person.

Horticultural Hall, Lake Geneva, 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Black Point Estate is partnering with Horticultural Hall for a winter version of its popular “Veranda Views” program series. The historic house estate offered a Chautauqua style series that included history, art and music this past summer. “The series was so successful that we decided to continue this type of programming in the winter season” said site director, Dave Desimone. We have found that the residents of this area are very supportive of diverse cultural programs” Desimone continued.

Since Black Point is closed in the winter another location was needed. Beth Gallagher, director of Horticultural Hall, responded by offering to partner with the estate. “One of our goals is to offer more community based programming at Horticultural Hall so this was a natural fit” said Gallagher. Both organizations have shared history together through the Lake Geneva Garden Club.

The lineup for the winter season is as follows:

December 12: The World War One Christmas Miracle with Rochelle Pennington
Join nationally known, Wisconsin author and storyteller Rochelle Pennington as she discusses the factual account of the 1914 battlefield Christmas truce. The Christmas truce is the story of peace “breaking out” in wartime. Pennington’s program will detail the amazing circumstances surrounding the 100,000 enemy combatants who “met in the middle” on Christmas day and halted the war. This truce is remembered today as the most extraordinary event in military history.

January 16: Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes and Geneva Lakes with Caitlin Zant
Over 750 ships have been lost in Wisconsin waters. Maritime Archaeologist Caitlin Zant will discuss some of her favorites, including the Lucius Newberry and Lady of the Lake; both on the bottom of Geneva Lake! This program will include photos and video of some amazing shipwrecks.

January 23: The Songs of Lincoln with Chris Vallillo
Abraham Lincoln’s life spanned a period of great change, growth and struggle in our young nation, and the music of his era movingly characterizes these remarkable times. Chris Vallillo chose the collection of music in this project to shed light on one of history’s most beloved figures, not only as a remarkable leader, but as a man, who knew and loved many of these very songs himself. The program is designed to be educational as well as entertaining including interesting anecdotes about the songs and composers. A nationally recognized bluegrass artist, Vallillo will take you on a musical journey back through the land of Lincoln.

February 6: Bottoms Up! Book Discussion and Beer Tasting (NOTE: This program is for adults only and $20.00 per person.)
Warm up on Winterfest weekend while learning about Wisconsin’s historic bars and breweries with Bottoms Up author, Jim Draeger. No presentation about beer would be complete without a tasting so let’s all raise a glass together. A tasting of six craft beers will be served as part of the presentation. Jim Draeger is an architectural historian and the State Historic Preservation Officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than twenty-five years of historic preservation experience. From roadside architecture to Northwoods resorts, Draeger celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing, and lectures.

February 13: Polka Heartland with Richard March
From polka’s surprising origins as a cutting-edge European fad, to an exploration of the modern-day polka scene, “Polka Heartland” captures the beat that pulses in the heart of Midwestern culture, and offers up the fascinating history of how “oompah-pah” came to be the sound of Middle America.

This history unites the dazzling images of photographer Dick Blau with author Richard March’s cultural backstory to explain the polka phenomenon that plays out at Wisconsin wedding receptions, crowded festival dance tents, and off-the-grid Mexican dances. March explores the people, places, and history behind the Midwest’s favorite music and describes some of the venues, instruments, and music-makers who have been pivotal to polka’s popularity. The Julida Boys will perform polka classics following March’s talk.

For more information on any of these programs, please visit Black Point Estate at To purchase tickets please call 262-248-1888.

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