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Madison Westside Celebrates Christmas


11-20-14 and previous visits

Hilldale – 20th Annual Christmas Tree Walk

NO Tree Walk for 2015  😦

Like downtown Madison, the westside of Madison has just as much enthusiasm for the holiday season.  In the daytime we start at Hilldale, a shopping center open since 1961 at the corner of Midvale and University Avenue.  There are not as many trees this year due to construction at the mall which will be completed by 2015. Here is what they had on display.

Christmas Tree Walk Hilldale 1

Christmas Tree Walk 2

There is also a pretty gingerbread cookie display in the Atrium.

Gingerbread Display at Hilldale

On Saturdays in December musical groups come sing to entertain the shoppers.  A friend of our performed with the Yahara River Chorus in 2002. Here they are serenading Santa 🙂

Yahara River Chorus 2002 at Hilldale

 

For even more Christmas trees, the University Avenue Holiday Lights are a must see. Lit every holiday season since 1993, they are a draw to people from all over Madison and beyond. You can now donate  to keep the lights coming back each year. A wonderful tradition!

University Avenue Tree Lights

University Avenue Trees

Happy Holidays from Madison’s Westside!

Sauk Prairie Holiday Kick-Off Celebration


3rd Friday in November    11-16-12

Sauk Prairie Holiday Festival 2012

 

This was our first time at this  Sauk Prairie event and it was really fun!  We arrived early so we could and enjoy the festivities before the parade at 6:00 PM.  The town was beautifully decorated for the season. In 2012 the event was at the historic park by the river. There was a craft show and a fire pit to warm up.

Inflated Santa Claus in Sauk Prairie

Craft Show at Sauk Prairie Tree Lighting

Parade time!

Sauk Prairie Holiday Parade Start

Sauk Prairie Holiday Parade float

After the parade the people congregate in the area near the tree, well-lit by a spotlight.

Sauk Prairie Holiday festival

Church Building at Sauk Prairie

People warm up and shop in the historic church building while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to light the tree, kicking off the holiday season officially.  They have arrived!

Santa and Mrs. Claus in Sauk Prairie

It’s time, One, Two and Three!

Sauk Prairie Christmas Tree

And now for the fireworks, ringing in the season!

Fireworks collage

What a wonderful celebration to bring in the holiday season with a bang! Happy Holidays from Adventures in Travel!

 

Sun Prairie Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


11-29-13

This has been a Sun Prairie tradition since 1915, and it sure is fun!  It takes place in front of the Sun Prairie Historical Museum on 115 E. Main St.

Sun Prairie Historical Museum

This year the event began with some Christmas music played by the Sun Prairie Community Band.

Sun Prairie Community Band

Then  we were treated to Christmas Carols as well.

Sun Prairie Choir

The Fusion Dance Academy also danced for us.  This young Santa was dancing to a Jackson 5 Christmas song.

Fusion Dance Academy in Sun Prairie

And now, for the Fire Truck Parade!

Then the Grand Finale,  Santa lighting the tree!

The crowd cheering, the Christmas season in Sun Prairie has officially begun!  The firetrucks were waiting up ahead for everyone to see up close.  They were so pretty! A couple of years ago the Grinch was on one of the trucks.

The Grinch

Christmas Fire Truck

Here is a ladder wagon from 1902.

1902 Fire ladder wagon

Now it feels like the holiday season officially started. Come to Sun Prairie for a great shopping experience and a very festive atmosphere!

Sun Prairie Christmas Tree

Kenosha – Wisconsin Harbor Town


12-1-12

Kenosha is a bustling city of 100,000  located on the shores of Lake Michigan with a lot for their citizens and visitors to do the year around.  We had a full day planned and arrived by 9 AM.   Our first stop was Harbor Park by the lake, with great views of the two lighthouses there. The red one is the North Pier Light and the stone one is the Southport.  We also had the great luck of watching a Coast Guard boat head out to the lake, passing by the Southport lighthouse.

Kenosha North Light

Coast guard in Kenosha 2012

Harbor Park also has lots of great sculptures to look at too along the harbor walk. This called, “Rotating Through the Universe”  by Paul Bobrowitz, Jr.

Rotating Through the Universe

You also get around downtown on the Kenosha Streetcar for a small fee.

Kenosha Street Car

After the Harbor Walk  we went to take a closer took at the Southport Lighthouse on Simmons Island, constructed in 1866.

Simmons Island sign in Kenosha WI

 

Southport lighthouse

It was noon and we were ready for lunch! Nearby was the Boathouse Pub and Eatery with a view lakeside.

Boathouse Pub and Eatery in Kenosha

We had a great lunch here and will come back again. There were a couple more hours before the main event we came here for, so we then headed to the Kenosha Public Museum to enjoy their free public holiday celebration. The Museum is a must-see place in Kenosha.

The Sons of Norway provides live music, singing traditional Christmas Carols.

Sons of Norway in Kenosha

The best part of all, we managed to get on Kenosha TV via their Public TV station, KTV. They had a TV camera set, recording people sending their holiday greetings to Kenosha. We had to join the fun! Here is a screencap of the video. In honor of Bob and Doug McKenzie of the Great White North, I made our picture look like theirs.

Wonderful Midwest

And NOW, for the main event.  At about 2:30 we arrived at Diver Dan’s Scuba and Aquatic Center for our Underwater Santa Christmas photo.  They have a warm-water pool on site. This event benefits a local charity,  you donate something in exchange for the photo which they put on Facebook.

Diver Dan's Scuba and Aquatic Center in Kenosha WI

UW pic with Santa 12-1-12

 

Happy Holidays from Kenosha!

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