Holiday Highlights In Elkhart Lake That You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

December 6, 2021

Santa is coming to town! We are trimming the tree, stringing the lights, and giving you plenty of reasons to spend the holidays in Elkhart Lake this year. From holiday workshops for adults and kids to everyone’s holiday favorite, the Old World Christmas Market. You’ll create some new traditions and memories with this fun and festive list holiday happenings!

The Osthoff Resort’s Old World Christmas Market December 3rd – 12th
Reminiscent of the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt of Nüremberg, Germany, the 23nd annual Old World Christmas Market offers the warmth and merriment of this Old World tradition for 10 consecutive days! Guests stroll the aisles of a grand heated tent bedecked with fresh evergreens and the tantalizing scents of roasted almonds. Browse for specialty items among international and regional artisans. The market is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM. 

Live Music by Super Dave at The Osthoff Resort December 11th
Head over to The Osthoff Resort’s Elk Room and take in the merriment of the holiday season by the big Christmas Tree and fire place while listening to some acoustic country with a splash of easy listening rock by singer/songwriter, Super Dave.

Breakfast With Santa December 11th & 18th
Let the kids share their gift wishes with Santa and receive a special gift from Santa himself at The Osthoff Resort. Fill up your bellies with a full brunch spread too!

Cookie Decorating  December 11th & 18th
A tasty holiday tradition – cookie decorating. Decorate a variety of holiday themed sugar cookies with colorful frostings and fun toppings. A tasty snack and juice is included for the kiddos too! Held at The Osthoff Resort.

Ornament Making  December 11th & 18th
Create your own ornament for Christmas tree, from custom name ornaments to cinnamon stick stars. An activity for the whole family. Reservations are required, so sign up today to hold your spot. Held at The Osthoff Resort.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides  December 11th & 18th (Open to the Public)
While you spend the holidays at The Osthoff Resort, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride around the quaint village decorated for the holiday season. When you return, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Save your seat early!

St. Nicholas Reindeer Brunch December 12th
St. Nicholas is bringing one of his reindeer for this special brunch at The Osthoff Resort. Yes, it’s a real reindeer! Don’t forget to snap a few pictures for this memorable moment.

Winter Shows by Pankratz Art Exchange at The Shore Club December 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th
Pankratz Arts Exchange is back for their annual winter show in The Theater at the Shore Club. Sing along with classic Christmas tunes like “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. Stay tuned for more details.

Wade House Christmas December 11th & 12th
Experience the wonder of a Victorian Christmas at Wade House. Enjoy jubilant holiday music, beautiful decorations, and tasty treats—fresh out of the oven—as you enjoy festive activities for all ages. The sights, sounds, and smells transport you back to when the holidays had a stronger focus on family gatherings and time together. The halls of the historic Wade House Stagecoach Hotel will be decked out for the Christmas season, showcasing how the Wade Family and their many visitors would have celebrated the festive season.

Holidays at The Hard Left Lounge Featuring Jesse Voelker  Open Fridays & Saturdays Throughout December
Siebkens Resort is featuring their Winter Pop-up Lounge. Enjoy world-class cocktails, delicious food,
and perhaps a game of darts while catching up with family and friends. Don’t miss live music by Jesse Voelker Friday, December 17th.

Christmas Eve at The Osthoff Resort December 24th (Resort Guests Only)
Cozy up this Christmas Eve by the fireplace at The Osthoff Resort. Sip hot chocolate and indulge in a few Christmas cookies all while listening to live piano music.

Christmas Day a The Osthoff Resort December 25th (Resort Guests Only)
Santa always makes a stop at The Osthoff Resort on Christmas Eve. Wake up to a full stocking of treats, games, and other special gifts for the kids.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Osthoff Resort December 31st
Ring in the New Year at The Osthoff Resort. Live acoustic music will be played at Concourse Restaurant & Lounge from 7-10pm, with special dinner features. Afterwards, head to the Elk Room Cocktail Lounge for more live entertainment from 9pm-1am with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Live music TBA.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet & After Party at The Shore Club December 31st
The Cottonwood Social will be serving their holiday buffet featuring a few family favorites like Garlic Roast Beef carving station, Herb Roasting Turkey, and Homestyle Stuffing. When you finishing dinner, stick around and ring in 2022 with DJ Flotronux and complimentary champagne in the historic Theater.

Route 67 Saloon’s 3rd Annual New Year’s Day Fundraiser January 1st
Continue the celebration of the new year at Route 67’s Annual New Years Day Fundraiser for the Elkhart Lake Fire Department. The Dave Steffen Band will also be putting on a show to kick off 2022 from noon to 4pm.

New Years Day at the Tiki Bar January 1st
Bundle up for this annual favorite in Elkhart Lake – New Years Day at the Tiki Bar! Come out to celebrate 2022 the Wisconsin way with brats, burgers, cheese curds and, of course, a polka band!