Brace Your Elves – 14 Holiday Highlights You Must Experience

November 27, 2019

Have you noticed the Village is getting all dressed up for the Christmas season?  Seeing the twinkling lights, festive storefront windows, the smell of fresh evergreen trees; you can’t help but get excited!  We love seeing family and friends gather in the square for those time-honored Elkhart Lake family traditions.  Bundle up the family and join us in Elkhart Lake for some Christmas cheer!

Elkhart Lake Holiday Wine Tasting

Saturday, November 30th 3 – 5:30pm
The annual Holiday Wine Tasting is hosted by Lake Street Café, Paddock Club and Vintage Elkhart Lake.  A $20 entrance fee gets you into all three locations where you can sample wine, craft beer and spirits from around the globe.  All proceeds benefit the Plymouth Food Pantry.  Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
Wristbands can also be purchased at the above participating locations.

Christmas in the Square

Saturday, November 30th 4pm – 7pm
Like a scene taken straight out of a Hallmark Movie, the downtown square will be bustling with holiday delight.  Visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments from local vendors and treats to help keep them warm while enjoying live entertainment and the sounds of the holiday season.  Horse-drawn carriage ride will also be available.  Don’t miss the traditional holiday tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., kicking off the holiday season in beautiful Elkhart Lake.

Old World Christmas Market – The Osthoff Resort

Dec. 6th – 15th   10am – 5pm
Reminiscent of the centuries-old Christkindlemarkt of Nuremberg, Germany, the 22nd annual Old World Christmas Market at The Osthoff Resort offers the warmth and merriment of this Old World tradition. For 10 consecutive days you can stroll the aisles of a grand heated tent bedecked with fragrant boughs of fresh evergreens and the tantalizing scents of roasted almonds and Nuremberg bratwurst as you browse for unique and specialty items among international and regional artisans. Czech blown-glass ornaments, Russian nesting dolls, German hand-carved smokers and nutcrackers, fine apparel, handmade jewelry, Turkish pashmina scarves, fresh green wreaths and so much more.

You will also enjoy delectable German fares such as Nuremberg bratwurst, hot glühwein, sauerbraten, dumplings, schnitzel, potato pancakes, red cabbage, pulled pork and apple strudel. You won’t want to miss this Market, vote #1 Best Holiday Market by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice 2018.

A Big Band Christmas Musical Revue – The Shore Club

December 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th 7pm & Matinee Dec. 14th 2pm
Pankratz Arts Exchange is serving up Christmas cheer and fun for everyone at their annual holiday music revue, featuring Big Band Christmas.  This music revue features tunes like Frosty the Snowman, Happy Holidays all performed by high energy singers and dancers, accompanied by a live band. The show is located in the Theater of the Shore Club. For tickets call 920-876-3323 or purchase online.

Breakfast with Santa – Osthoff Resort

Dec 7th, 14th & 21st  – Seating begins at 8:30, please call 800-876-3399 for reservations.
There’s no better way to start the day then having Breakfast with Santa to the Osthoff Resort. This family event includes a knee-high breakfast buffet with all of your children’s favorite breakfast items, including a hot chocolate bar!  Bring your camera and capture memorable moments as Santa gathers last-minute requests from children of all ages.

Children’s Holiday Workshops – Osthoff Resort

December 7th, 14th & 21st  – Please call 800-876-3399 for reservations.
The Osthoff Resort offers a variety of activities and events for children and families during the Christmas Market and beyond.  Recreate nostalgic moments that are cherished and celebrated tradition. Join in the holiday fun with Cookie Decorating (10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.) and Ornament Making (1:00 p.m.) workshops for children ages 4-10 with a special holiday story read by Mrs. Claus. After decorating, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride while singing Christmas Carols and return to the Osthoff Resort to warm up with a cup of complimentary hot chocolate.

Brunch with Santa at The Shore Club

December 7th & 8th , 14th & 15th
Brunch will be served from 8 am to 2 pm. We will have a special guest from the North Pole gracing our resort from 12-2 pm. Enjoy our delicious brunch at The Cottonwood Social while your little ones get to meet Santa. Bring your cameras and the first 50 children to meet Santa will get a stocking to take home! To make reservations please call (920) 876-3323 or email

Brunch with St. Nicholas – Osthoff Resort

December 8th & 15th – Seating from 9am – 12pm, please call 800-876-3399 for reservations.
Join St. Nicholas for a special holiday brunch given in his honor and meet one if his trusty reindeer.  Bring along a camera and capture memorable moments.

Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 7th 3pm – 7pm
Gina’s Fine Gifts and Framing, Elkhart Lake Outfitters, North Gate Floral Shop Two Fish Gallery and Vintage Elkhart Lake invite you to their annual Holiday Open House. There will be holiday specials, sales throughout each of the shops, plus beverages, holiday treats & hors d’oeuvres for all to enjoy.  Shop Local this holiday season and find a plethora of wonderful gifts.

Christmas Day Buffet at the Osthoff Resort

December 25th 11am – 3pm, please call 888-330-5664 for reservations.
Spend time with family and friends enjoying a sumptuous Christmas Day Buffet.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Osthoff Resort – December 31st 6pm – 1am
Kick off New Year’s with great dinner entrees and live music by TJ and Lynn in Lola’s on the Lake from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Enjoy acoustic music by The Abler Boys and a champagne toast in the Elk Room from 9:00pm – 1:00am.  Please call 800-876-3399 for reservations.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Family Fun at The Shore Club

December 31st at Shore Club
5 course dinner and champagne toast $32 a person (our traditional menu also available) at The Cottonwood Social  AND Family Karaoke + DJ + KIDS Buffet $9 person at The Theater. To make reservations please call (920) 876-3323 or email

New Year’s Day Patio Party at Route 67

January 1st at Route 67 Saloon 11am – 6pm
Route 67 is pairing up with the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Education Foundation to ring in the New Year! Enjoy food, drinks, and live music from the Dave Steffen Band at 3pm! All of the doors, including the garage doors, will be open, so bundle up for a fun time with family and friends.

New Year’s Day Tiki Bar Party

January 1st at Shore Club 11am – 7pm
Celebrate the 2020 New Year at the Tiki Bar’s annual New Years Day Celebration with Bloody Marys, polka music, friends and family.

Gathering for the holidays is something we all look forward to. Take advantage of one of the many Holiday Packages available this season. Then grab your shopping list and head to our Village Shop and Shop Local this Christmas, where you will find a plethora of one-of-a-kind gifts.  After a full day, let us do the cooking and enjoy the many flavors of the season at one of Elkhart Lake’s fine restaurants. 

Elkhart Lake is your Home for the Holidays!