He’s here, there, everywhere! Santa Claus really gets around this time of year – especially in Racine County! This weekend, you can spot Santa atop a fire engine, in two parades and on a train. Real Racine helps you keep track of the jolly old elf and find family fun.
Train’s a coming. Don’t miss the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train this Saturday. This beautifully decorated train is scheduled to make its annual stop at 5:25 p.m. at the Sturtevant Amtrak Depot, 9900 East Exploration Court. Music artists Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott perform from a stage on one of the cars. Yes, Santa Claus will be there, too! Please bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for the Racine County Food Bank. For more about this special train’s U.S. goodwill tour, visit www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/schedule-united-states
Here’s Santa. The Christmas Comes to Union Grove events get underway at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with the Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Village Square Park on Main Street (Hwy. 45). Santa is set to arrive aboard a fire engine at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the annual Cookie Walk takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 28 participating locations. You can pick up a cookie tin for $5 at Union Grove Piggly Wiggly or TrueValue Hardware. Also on Saturday, the Holiday Gift and Craft Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Union Grove Elementary School, 1745 Milldrum St.
Burlington parade. The 36th Annual Burlington Christmas Parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. Friday from Kane Street and Chandler Boulevard. This year’s theme, “Whoville Christmas,” features bands, floats and marchers. Santa brings up the rear of the parade. Everybody’s invited to Wehmhoff Square for caroling, lighting the Christmas Tree and a meet-and-greet with the Snow Dogs and a reindeer. The parade is presented by the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.burlingtonchamber.org
Marching in Waterford. Marching bands, floats, the Swift Rider horses and music are guaranteed for the 19th Annual Winter Wonderland Parade in Downtown Waterford. The parade gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Saturday from Fifth and Milwaukee streets and ends near the Waterford Public Library. After the parade, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will join the tree-lighting ceremony at the library. The parade is hosted by Absolutely Waterford and sponsored by Runzheimer International, Village of Waterford and Waterford Design Technologies.
The last First. One more time for 2017! First Fridays wraps up this year’s run from 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Racine. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride from Monument Square, visit the Racine Art Museum (free admission all day) and check out shopping specials at more than 50 participating businesses. Be sure to enjoy it now because First Fridays goes on hiatus until April 2018. Visit www.firstfridaysracine.com
Curtain’s going up. The classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” opens Friday at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. The entire family will enjoy this presentation of how Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the true spirit of Christmas. A huge, talented cast makes this a lively performance. Show times are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. If you can’t make it this weekend, “Carol” will be presented on weekends through Dec. 17. Don’t delay – performances will sell out! Order tickets at the RTG box office at 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org
Floors and floors of art. If you haven’t visit the annual 16th Street Studios Open House, you’re in for a treat! The huge Racine Arts and Business and Center, 1405 16th St., is home to 65 artists who will have all sorts of work on sale and display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. While you’re there, visit the Gallery on 16th’s current exhibition and the Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur history exhibit. Free admission.
Christmas in song. Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin performs “Lesson and Carols,” a telling of the Christmas Story in word and song. This year’s presentation features soloist baritone Nicholas Barootian. The performance is at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main St. Admission at the door is $17 adults, $14 seniors and $5 students. Save $2 on adult and senior admissions in advance at 262-634-3250 or visit www.choralartsonline.org
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