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Mid-November - Mid-December

Welcome to Cedarburg, WI, a beautiful destination any time of year, but especially so during the Christmas season! Stroll our beautiful downtown, where centuries-old limestone buildings house enticing shops, art galleries, coffee houses, and cozy pubs and restaurants. Shopkeepers adorn their storefronts with artfully crafted, seasonal decorations, thousands of twinkling lights brighten wintry skies over our picturesque downtown Historic District, and our two gracious historic inns greet weary travelers with the warmth of a home from days gone by.

A shopper's delight, Cedarburg offers everything from modern arts and accessories to nostalgic antiques and toys, to artful attire for the entire family. Already honored by Forbes Magazine as one of the prettiest towns in America in 2011, by as Wisconsin's winner  in their list of Most Beautiful Main Streets in every state, and as one of the Midwest's sixth best holiday shopping towns in Midwest Living, it was with great delight we found Cedarburg topped the list of Wisconsin's best Christmas towns in 2015!  Now you can find us on Reader's Digest Top 10 Small Towns That Have the Most Christmas Spirit! CLICK HERE to read the article. 

Long renowned for its many traditional holiday events such as Festive Friday Eves, the Rivoli Theater's Holiday Film Series and the Cedarburg Artist's Guild's Holiday Art Fair, and A Cedarburg Christmas' Santa's Workshop, Cedarburg offers countless seasonal entertainment venues. A multitude of holiday happenings take place every single day from mid-November through Christmas Day. Search our calendar to plan your next holiday visit, and find out for yourself why Cedarburg is home to everyone during the holidays!

2020 has been an interesting year, but we're hoping to make the season bright with our regular schedule of events - some have been modified to help keep residents and guests safe, and in these changing times we recommend reaching out to these organizations for updates as their events near! 

A Cedarburg Christmas Schedule Highlights

Mid-November to Mid-December, 2020

Luminaries presented by

The Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce


Fridays, November 20-December 18

Cedarburg lights up the holiday season every

Friday evening! Visit Cedarburg as nearly 1,000

glimmering luminaries are placed throughout

historic downtown, illuminating your shopping

experience. Don't forget your camera!  For more

information about trolley locations and times,


Cedar Creek Settlement Merchant's Association
presents 2020 Festive Friday Eves

800-827-8020 or 262-377-8020

N70 W6340 Bridge Rd. 


Festive Friday Eves celebrates our 26th year of presenting an exciting series of five free family-oriented evening events during the holiday season at Cedar Creek Settlement. The Settlement features 25 unique shops; gift and specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, three restaurants, artists studios and the Cedar Creek Winery nestled in a restored 1864 woolen mill, festively adorned for the holidays with natural greenery, garlands, beribboned wreaths, luminaries and thousands of tiny white lights.  Free events. 

Friday, November 20...5:00 - 9:00 p.m.  "The Settlement Christmas 

    Showcase"  -featuring beautiful holiday gifts, apparel, jewelry,

    antiques, European imports, wine tasting, food sampling and more
Friday, November 27...5:00 - 9:00 p.m. "Home for the Holidays"
Friday, December 4...5:00 - 9:00 p.m. “The Joy of Christmas"
Friday, December 11…5:00 - 9:00 p.m. “The Christmas Spirit"
Friday, December 18…5:00 - 9:00 p.m. “Countdown to Christmas”

Settlement Holiday Hours: 

Mon-Thurs, 10a-5p. Sat, 10a-6p.  Sun, 11a-5p

Festive Friday Eves 5-9p.  Extended Hours Christmas Week.
Dec. 24, 10a-3p. 

Dec. 31, 10a-4p

*Masks and Safety Protocols Necessary*


An Enchanted Christmas at the Cedarburg Art Museum

(262) 377-6123

W63N675 Washington Ave, Cedarburg, WI

Enjoy holiday trains throughout the museum, and each Festive Friday the CAM will be hosting a Beer Garden in their Outdoor Courtyard with lighted trees, fire pits, specialty drinks, s'mores, and much more.  An Enchanted Christmas will also include a Handmade Elf Auction and Kids Art Activities on Saturdays.

CAM Tree Lighting & Train Departure

  • Friday, November 20 at 6 PM


An Enchanted Christmas Beer Garden

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Friday, November 20

  • Friday, November 27

  • Friday, December 4

  • Friday, December 11

  • Friday, December 18


Kid's Make & Take Craft

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Saturday, November 28

  • Saturday, December 5

  • Saturday, December 12


Christmas Tin Decorating 

  • Saturday, December 5 from 10 AM - 11 AM


Paper Quiling Wreath Making (Adult Class)

  • Saturday, December 12 from 10 AM - 12 PM

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December 2020

Santa's Workshop

Presented by A Cedarburg Christmas


Thanks to generous grants from the Greater Cedarburg Foundation and Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc., a charming 15' x 15' gingerbread house graces Cedarburg's Washington Avenue for the entire Christmas season.  Santa and Mrs. Claus often stop by in the days leading up to Christmas, welcoming families into the shop for a cozy, personal visit. When Santa's not in to greet guests, you can peek in the windows to see his charming fireplace and the toys he and the elves have been working on! 

2020 offered special challenges to our efforts. Please see the following message from the Cedarburg Christmas Committee. We appreciate your understanding in these uncertain times! 

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Rivoli Theater Holiday Film Series


In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the beautifully restored Rivoli Theater in the heart of Cedarburg features great holiday classics on the big screen! The 2020 Holiday Film Series will run December 4th through the 23rd. All movies are $4.  Visit for more information.  Please note, seating will be restricted due to covid precautions.


Fri.   Dec. 4       7:00 A Christmas Story  (1983)

Sat.  Dec. 5       1:00 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer  (1964)

                           3:30 Polar Express  (2004)

                           7:00 You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Sun.  Dec. 6      3:30 Elf  (2003)

                           7:00 Last Christmas (2019)

Mon. Dec. 7      7:00 The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

Tue.  Dec. 8       7:00 Holiday Inn  (1942)

Wed. Dec. 9      7:00 Nat. Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Thur. Dec. 10    7:00 The Holiday  (2006)

Fri.    Dec. 11    1:00 White Christmas (1954)

                            7:00 White Christmas  (1954)

Sat. Dec. 12      1:00 The Grinch (2018)

                           3:30 Polar Express  (2004)

                           7:00 Elf  (2003)

Sun. Dec. 13     1:00 The Star  (2017)

                            3:30 It’s a Wonderful life  (1945)

                           7:00 New in Town  (2009)

Mon. Dec. 14   7:00 It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

Tue.   Dec. 15   7:00 The Bishop’s Wife (1948)

Wed. Dec. 16   7:00 Nat. Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Thur. Dec. 17   7:00 White Christmas  (1954)

Fri.    Dec. 18    1:00 It’s a Wonderful Life (1945)

                           7:00 It’s a Wonderful Life  (1945)

Sat.   Dec. 19    3:30 Polar Express  (2004)

                           7:00 A Christmas Story (1983)

Sun. Dec. 20     1:00 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

                           3:30 White Christmas  (1954)

                           7:00 Elf  (2003)

Mon. Dec. 21   7:00 Holiday Inn  (1942)

Tue.   Dec. 22   1:00 The Star  (2017)

                           3:30 Elf  (2003)

                           7:00 White Christmas (1954)

Wed. Dec. 23   1:00 A Christmas Story  (1983)

                           3:30 Elf  (2003)

                           7:00 White Christmas  (1954)

CLOSED Dec. 24 & 25



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Santa's Dash Away 5k - Saturday, December 12

presented by the Cedarburg Christmas Committee, Festivals of Cedarburg and Cedarburg Parks & Recreation


Santa’s Dash Away 5k is a holiday-themed fun run for all ages. Runners who register in advance receive a themed race packet which includes a fun Tshirt and costume accessories.  All proceeds go directly towards the Cedarburg Christmas Committee, which coordinates Santa’s Cedarburg Workshop each holiday season.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or scroll down to run section for more information!

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Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides

Cedarburg’s Paradise Ranch has partnered with Roden Barnyard in West Bend to offer sleigh & wagon rides in December 2020.  

Reserve your spot to take the only nighttime, horse-drawn sleigh ride through hundreds of acres of breathtaking beautiful wooded nature. This old-fashioned designed sleigh will hold up to 12 people to accommodate bigger groups.  The sleigh ride alone is worth the visit, but add thousands of Christmas lights adorning the woods and you cannot help but smile with holiday spirit. Enjoy dancing lights, a nativity, cascading lights and overhead icicle lights as the team of percherons lead you down the trails. When you return, enjoy s'mores, hot cider and hot chocolate while your warm up at the campfire or  play a game inside the heated barn. Don't forget your camera!

Please note: If there is not snow on the ground, the horses will take you for a ride in a wagon. 

Click here for more information or to register!

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Santa's Dash Away 5K Run/Walk


Saturday, December 12, 2020

W63N641 Washington Avenue, Downtown Cedarburg

Check in/Registration:  7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Start time:  8:30 a.m.



Help keep Santa's Workshop in downtown Cedarburg during the holiday season by participating in the 6th annual Santa's Dash Away 5K, sponsored by Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc. and Cedarburg Parks and Recreation.  Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to join in the holiday spirit and participate in a 5K run/walk where all proceeds go directly toward A Cedarburg Christmas, which coordinates the Santa's Workshop each holiday season.  Over 500 families visit the charmingly decorated Workshop annually for free visits with Santa each year.


Registrations for the Santa's Dash Away are accepted all the way through race day.  Fee: $30 (runner or walker). Register before November 20 and received a free Tshirt and Santa mask!  Race packets will be available at the check-in table starting at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Cedarburg Community Center located at W63N641 Washington Avenue, Downtown Cedarburg on Saturday, December 12. The run will take place along the Interurban Trail, with the start and finish near the Interurban Bridge and Santa's Workshop. 

Questions can be directed to:


Please note: Online registrations will close after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 10. For walk up registrations please download the registration form (click here) and bring it with $30 or your check made out to Festivals of Cedarburg, to the check-in table in front of the Cedarburg Community Gym between 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. on December 12!  

Ozaukee Nonprofit Center presents

Illuminate Ozaukee – A Holiday Light Show

Herman A Zeunert Park

N25W5598 Taft St.

Cedarburg, WI 53012


For seven nights during the month of December, Ozaukee Nonprofit Center and over 50 participating businesses and nonprofits will turn Zeunert Park in Cedarburg into a winter wonderland of holiday lights. Visitors will be invited to wind through the park in their vehicles while enjoying the twinkling lights of the season. A suggested donation of $10 per vehicle is appreciated. Proceeds from the event will benefit Ozaukee Nonprofit Center, a 501c3 organization and our nonprofit Partner Agencies.


  • Friday, December 4th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Saturday, December 5th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Friday, December 11th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Saturday, December 12th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Friday, December 18th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Saturday, December 19th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Saturday, December 26th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

A Cedarburg Christmas Sponsors

Major SponsorS

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