MERRIER WAUNAKEE CHRISTMAS

Come out and join us for the first annual Merrier Waunakee Christmas. We’re hosting a weekend full of amazing holiday events for the family. And some just for the adults!

Not all events require a ticket so you can still come out and enjoy a number of festivities. Make sure to check the descriptions below to find which are ticketed events and grab one before they sell out.

This will be a magical weekend to really get you in the holiday spirit, and it’s all about raising money for those in need in the community. Join us for one event, or all of them, and let’s celebrate a fun filled holiday season together!

THURSDAY EVENTS | 11/30/23

Cookie Walk & Luminaries

Gather up the family and stop at the cookie booth outside of The Mill Hotel on Main Street to pick up a festive Christmas box to hold your delicious cookies. Then walk along Main Street to find stores with luminaries on display where you’ll get a cookie. Save them for later or enjoy nibbling on them from store to store.

Sponsor: Sheryl Schroeder, Realtor/Global Luxury-Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group

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Live Reindeer @ the Historic Train Depot on Main Street

Come out for the most festive of events and see real live reindeer at the Waunakee Chamber of Commerce located in the historic train depot on Main Street. They’re in town early so they have time to make it back to the South Pole and rest up for Christmas! We’ll have a blast and enjoy the holiday spirit together!

Sponsors: Wisconsin Candle Company |  Simply Unique Decor | Evie & Co Boutique | May Vision Center

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Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos @ The Lone Girl Brewing Company

Stop by The Lone Girl Brewing Company for what’s sure to be a Merrier Waunakee Christmas fan favorite. Dueling pianos by Madison’s incredible Piano Fondue, will bring some friendly competition to the weekend with battling baby grand pianos. Join us for great entertainment and popular music you can dance to!

FRIDAY EVENTS | 12/01/23

Holiday Parade - Waunakee Community Event*

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Memorial Tree Lighting @ Gather Guest House

Come join us at Gather Guest House on Main Street to see the beautiful lights and a touching tribute. Eight local families will gather to light a special tree in memory of a loved one.

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WPW Float in Waunakee Holiday Parade

Gather the family and head out to Main Street in downtown Waunakee to enjoy a festive holiday parade. The Waunakee Professional Women non-profit group will have a fantastic Christmas float in the parade. The float is scheduled for 6:30pm so make sure to wave and send your Christmas cheer!

SATURDAY EVENTS | 12/02/23

Ugly Sweater Shopping

Create memorable shopping fun while showing off your ugliest Christmas sweater at your favorite downtown Waunakee shops.

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Holiday Home Tour

Start this fun filled event 10:45am at Rex’s Innkeeper for an amazingly delicious brunch. After you’re full and happy, grab a swag bag, map, and house assignments. Then head out to tour 7 gorgeous homes decorated to the nines.

Tickets for this event are available below or in person at Waunakee Furniture Etc. during business hours.

If brunch isn’t your thing we won’t force it on you, opt out and take $20 off the ticket price! A ticket with brunch included is $60 and a ticket that skips the good eats is $40.

Sponsor: Waunakee Remodeling

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Make & Take Perfume @ Wisconsin Candle Company

Choose your time slot to join us at Wisconsin Candle Company to create the perfect combination of scents with high-quality essential and fragrance oils. Scent specialists will help you make a one-of-a-kind perfume for yourself or to gift your favorite person.

You’ll leave with your created scent in a 10ml glass roll-on or a 3oz bottle with a personalized label.

Available Time Slots: 12pm | 12:20pm | 12:40pm | 1pm | 1:20pm | 1:40pm

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Santa at the Village - Waunakee Community Event*

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Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

Keep those ugly sweaters on display and end your night with a pub crawl at participating establishments throughout the Waunakee area. Bring your friends, family or come out solo and meet new people. However you come, just make sure to bring your ugly sweater and holiday cheer!

SUNDAY EVENTS | 12/03/23

Make & Take Potpourri @ Imaginary Tea

Choose your time slot to make custom Potpourri with the wonderful and whimsical Imaginary Tea Shop! You’ll make your Potpourri with mixed herbs, teas, dried fruits, essential oils, and Himalayan rock salts for a perfect blend of goodness. Make it for a loved one and give the gift of that warm fuzzy feeling or keep it for yourself to make your own home scentacular.

Available Time Slots: 10am | 10:30am | 11am | 11:30am | 12pm | 12:30pm | 1pm | 1:30pm | 2pm | 2:30pm

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Make & Take Reindeer Garden @ Pageberry Mercantile

Choose your 30 minute time slot to make reindeer gardens for great holiday fun with Pageberry Mercantile! Decorate your terrarium with woodland animals, festive trees, and fluffy snow. No skill is required for this event though it’s best suited for ages 6 and up.

Available Time Slots: 10-10:30am | 11-11:30am | 1-1:30pm

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Hot Cocoa Walk

A perfect family event! Grab a keepsake mug with a spoon and get delicious hot cocoa from 5+ locations in downtown Waunakee – don’t worry, they’re within walking distance of each other. After your last cup, head to Simply Unique Decor to vote for your absolute favorite cocoa flavor of the day!

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Make & Take Cookies @ Majestic Floors and More

Choose your time slot to join the great people at Majestic Floors And More to decorate cookies. Each child will get 3 cookies to show off their inner Picasso – making it the perfect kids event! All cookies and decorations are provided, so just bring the kids, a smile, and of course, your holiday cheer.

Available Time Slots: 11am-12pm | 12-1pm | 1-2pm

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Make & Take Ornaments @ Lyon Road Art

Leave your kids with professional artist Kaitlin Walsh of Lyon Road Art for fun holiday crafts while you enjoy Sunday shopping around Waunakee!

Kids will be working on a variety of crafty, artsy ornaments by melting crayons, making beaded snowflakes, creating fabric trees—and more!

Your child can pick and choose which ornament to work on, or just make their way through all the available stations. And who knows, Kaitlin may even throw in a few dance parties throughout the event. No matter what, they’ll have buckets of fun and these ornaments just may end up being the pride and joy of your tree (rather than hidden in the back)!

Make & Take Holiday Centerpiece @ Sweet Pea Floral

Choose your time slot and join Sweet Pea Floral to make your own beautiful holiday centerpiece. You’ll have several containers to choose from as well as oasis and supplies. You may want to bring gloves if you have them, Sweet Pea Floral will supply Nitrile gloves but you might want something stronger for some of the materials, like evergreens.

Take your pick of greens like cedar incense, silver tip fir, white pine, magnolia tips and more. To make it extra festive, there will be a variety of flowers and trims like pinecones and berries, too. If you have a special item that you’d like to add to your arrangement make sure to bring it along.

Note: Part of this project may be out in the shed behind the shop so please dress for chilly weather.

Available Time Slots: 1pm | 3pm

* These events are not hosted by WPW but are community events for everyone to enjoy.

It's merrier in Waunakee!​

Cookie Walk & Luminaries

Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos

Holiday Home Tour

Make & Take Perfume

Make & Take Potpourri

Make & Take Reindeer Garden

Hot Cocoa Walk

Make & Take Cookies

Make & Take Ornament