It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
One of my favorite holiday songs is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and that holds very true for me in the coming weeks. Christmas is less than two months away and there is so much to do to prepare and enjoy the reason for the season. My decorations begin going up right after Thanksgiving and you can guarantee I’ll be listening to all my favorite Christmas albums.
Downtown Waukesha holds many annual activities to get you into the holiday spirit and has named those events Silver Bells. It begins with the Annual Tree Lighting. It was one of my first dates with my now fiancé. He surprised me with Santa hats, and we sang Christmas Carols and drank hot cocoa with fellow “Waukesha-ers.” It was a very chilly night, but seeing the tree light up was really special and made for a great memory for us. This year the tree, located in front of the Rotunda Building, will be lit on November 18.
Another long-running tradition is attending the Waukesha Christmas Parade. I have held Packer parties that then transitioned a parade viewing party. A few years ago, we realized that Bernie’s Tap Room hosts the best warm seats in town for catching the parade. The establishment is a few steps up from the street so you have an obstructed view to all the festivities. And you can enjoy some food and drinks while you watch! Besides seeing Santa Claus, Wind Dancer Promotions is one of my favorite attractions of the parade and helps everyone stay warm–you will know why when you attend on Nov. 20 (this year’s Packer game will follow the parade, so head downtown and then stay to cheer on the Pack at a local establishment.)
Last year, my guy and I surprised his daughters with a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in downtown. Though we had to wait a little bit for a ride and it was a cold night, it was totally worth it seeing the looks on the girls’ faces. We learned about the horses (Maverick and Bo) and that they enjoy eating mints and the girls were all smiles while we rode around the downtown. The girls waved at everyone shopping in downtown and we got a nice view of all the shops decorated for the season. I do suggest that you arrive early as this is a well-loved attraction in downtown and is very busy. Horse drawn rides start on Friday, Nov. 25 and run on weekends until Friday, Dec. 30.
I have an on-again, off-again relationship with running, and the Santa Run has become one that keeps me active in the chilly months. My friends and I began this tradition years ago, getting dressed festively, doing the the run/walk, and then ending at Magellan’s for a pizza and libations. Three years ago, it began snowing large “movie snowflakes” as the run began making the course so picturesque–we actually had snowflakes on our nose and eyelashes! My friends and I plan to continue to participate and get more festive each year. Sign up is now open, so get ready to dress up in your best festive gear.
As if these events weren’t enough already, there is so much more to see and do in downtown to get you ready for the holidays. I’m a huge supporter of shopping small and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) gives back to those that do shop small with special discounts and offers. If that wasn’t enough, there is even an ART CRAWL in downtown Waukesha on Saturday, December 3, from 4 – 10 p.m. The shops really bring their A-game and provide you with gift options for everyone on your list. For the kiddos, there is the Annual Breakfast with Santa at Martha Merrills Bookstore on Saturdays from Nov. 26. -Dec. 17, and pictures with Santa at Fruits of the Spirit Candles every Saturday from Nov. 30 – Dec. 17.
Waukesha Silver Bells provides all the information about this year’s great events for the holidays all in one spot. There are more events than what I mentioned above and I plan to participate in a few more this year. Waukesha’s great events definitely make it the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”