Entertainment During the Holidays

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year, and Eau Claire is bursting with excitement! Looking for something to do with your family and friends? Well we have the perfect holiday entertainment guide for you!

Outdoor Recreation


All you need is a snow covered hill and a snow tube and you’re set for a good time! There are numerous locations in the 715 that offer snow tubing! Be sure to visit Bruce Mound Winter Sports Area, Pinehurst Park, Badlands Snow Park, or Woodwind Park to fulfill your winter sports needs!


Looking for somewhere to go ski jumping? Cross country skiing? What about alpine skiing? Well you’re in luck because the Chippewa Valley area has a wide variety of locations to satisfy your skiing needs. Check out The Eau Claire Flying Eagles Ski Club, Silver Mine Ski Jump, Pinehurst Park, or even Bruce Mound Winter Sports Area.

Ice Skating

Looking for a place to break out your ice skates this season? Visit the Hobbs Municipal Ice Arena, Altoona Hobbs Sport Center, Bloomer Skating Rink, Boyd Park, Chippewa Area Ice Arena, Demmler Park, or Dunn County Recreation Park. There are lots of great places to get out and get that rush of adrenaline this winter!

Holiday Light Displays

Chippewa Valley Parade of Lights: There’s something truly magical about holiday lights. Just pouring a cup of hot chocolate, getting in the car with your family and driving around town looking at homes decked out in holiday lights brings so much joy to the heart. This year, the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department took this holiday tradition to the next level by creating the Chippewa Valley Parade of Lights. Each participating address will be included on a map and have its own yard sign displayed from December 1-31, 2022 that indicates they are a part of the parade. So, fill up the gas tank and crank the holiday tunes because it’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year in Eau Claire!

Irvine Park Christmas Village: The Chippewa Falls Christmas Village, in beautiful Irvine Park, is an impressive display of life size Christmas scenes reminiscent of the Victorian era and local historical replicas. It is set up during the holiday season along with a dazzling display of over 60,000 lights. Open from November 24th – January 1st, Monday -Sunday 7 am – 9:30 pm.


If there is one thing that you can depend on getting in Eau Claire in the winter, it’s a nice, thick blanket of snow. Eau Claire’s snowmobile trail system travels through 181 miles of oak ridges, pine stands, and rolling hills of farmland. Our trail system also links to our adjacent counties if you’re looking to cruise beyond Eau Claire. 

  • For trail conditions, take a look at the Snow Conditions Report from Travel Wisconsin and print out a trail map to take with you. If you’re ready to ride, strap on your helmet and snow boots and head out there before the snow melts (don’t worry, you’ve got quite some time).


Snow covered hills means there are sleds racing down the slopes in Eau Claire! Grab your snow pants and sleds and enjoy a winter afternoon of pure snowy fun on the sledding hills!

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Eau Claire has plenty of trails that are made just for winter recreation. You can glide through Tower Ridge on your skis or bring your snowshoes for walk at Lowes Creek. Wherever you go, enjoy the beautiful snowy scenes that winter brings to Eau Claire.

Fat Tire Biking

Eau Claire offers miles of bike trails year-round. When winter comes to town, some trails are groomed and ready for the fat tire biking enthusiasts out there. Get outside and enjoy the crisp winter air!

Winter Kubb

Kubb is Eau Claire’s favorite lawn game, after all, Eau Claire is the Kubb Capital of North America! So, who’s to say some snow is going to stop us from playing this game? Grab a group of friends and lay out your Kubb pitch at some of our favorite parks in the area like River Prairie, Pinehurst Park, or Phoenix Park!


Pablo Center

The Pablo Center is always bustling with people coming to experience a variety of events and this holiday season there’s a multitude to see! Zach Williams’: I Don’t Want Christmas to End and A Motown Christmas will be held in December. Along with the Danu: An Emerald Isle Christmas show and Chris Kroeze! Check out the Pablo Center event calendar to get more information!

Chippewa Valley Theater

Whether you’re looking for a laugh or drama, the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild has you covered. The Chippewa Valley Theater is presenting The Santaland Diaries and The Hatmaker’s Wife this holiday season.

Micon Cinemas

There are some must see movies playing at Micon Cinemas this winter! Check out new holiday movies like Violent Night and Spirited! Not feeling a festive movie? Watch new releases such as Avatar: The Way of Water, Ticket to Paradise, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Menu, Strange World, Devotion, or Bones and All. There is a movie for all this winter, so sit back, eat popcorn, and enjoy a cinematic experience!

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