Everyone’s Home for the Holidays

The beautiful and authentically restored historic small city of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, just 20 miles north of Milwaukee, is the perfect setting to celebrate the Christmas season. With more than 100 architecturally significant limestone buildings, churches and Victorian structures, Cedarburg’s entire five block downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and during the holidays is magically transformed into a Currier & Ives setting.

A Cedarburg Christmas - Everyone’s Home for the Holidays is a new theme developed to encompass and showcase the many enticing Christmas events that are held from mid-November until New Year’s Eve each year and are organized by Cedarburg’s many non-profit and charitable groups.

Strolling shoppers along the snow-lined streets of Washington Avenue’s Historic District will enjoy stepping into the charming shops with welcoming shopkeepers to buy the perfect gift. There are more than 100 unique and independent specialty shops, boutiques and artist studios to discover. The city will glow with twinkling lights and evergreen baskets framing beautifully decorated windows. Cozy restaurants, pubs and historic inns plus the award-winning Cedar Creek Winery will welcome residents and visitors with warmth and good cheer. All of Cedarburg’s delightful holiday events will evoke a nostalgic and authentic Christmas spirit, the perfect joyful atmosphere to enjoy the holidays with friends and family.

The season opens with the Holiday Window Unveiling on November 11, the restored Rivoli Theatre’s Miracle on 34th Street, November 26 and continues with Holiday Boutiques such as The Festival of Trees, November 19, the Cedarburg Merchants Holiday Open House, November 18 & 19, Wrapped in Gold Fine Art Sale, November 27-December 31, Holiday Cookie & Craft Sale, December 1-3, Christmas in the Country Boutique, December 2-4. Fine art shows include the Blizzard of Art Show & Sale, November 22-January 3 and the Cedarburg Artists Guild Holiday Art Fair, December 2 & 3. The spectacular new Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts will host exhibits, including Holiday Arts & Dolls.

Other events include the official Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 28 along with a Gingerbread March and Scavenger Hunt. Five Festive Friday Eves held on Friday evenings from 5-9 pm, November 18-December 16, Miracle on Washington Avenue and Secret Santa Giveaways, mid-November through Christmas and the Polar Express, December 17.

Holiday exhibits are available to visitors daily, including the Washington House Inn’s 100 year old Feather Tree Exhibit, the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s Antique Toy Exhibit and all decked out in Christmas finery, the General Store Museum plus the Historic Kuhefuss House Museum, open December 2, 3, 10, 16 & 17.

Families can enjoy a real old fashioned horse-drawn sleigh ride through 40 wooded acres, trees ablaze with thousands of Christmas lights, beginning November 25 (by reservation). The many beautiful churches in Cedarburg warmly welcome guests to their Christmas concerts and services and a Live Nativity. Most of Cedarburg’s holiday events are free (or charge just a nominal fee) and open to the public. Details on events, dates and times can be found at or by calling 800-237-2874

Holiday box office entertainment venues include the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert, December 9, the Osmond Brothers Holiday Performance, December 16, the Janet Planet Christmas Show, December 17 and McMann & Tate’s rollicking holiday show Instant Fruitcakes, December 9 & 10.

Come spend a relaxing day or a weekend with us during the holidays…Imagine Cedarburg for Christmas!