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Christmas in Cedarburg

Leaves are still clinging to the trees in and around Cedarburg, but there’s a definite nip in the air that warns of cooler weather just around the corner. Farmers’ markets recently closed for the year, and already many of the shops are intermingling seasonal items on their shelves amidst Thanksgiving turkey platters and pumpkin-spiced candles, a subtle reminder to residents that any day now Santa’s Workshop will magically appear in front of the Cedarburg Community Center next to City Hall, proof that Christmas has well and truly arrived in Cedarburg.

Christmas in Cedarburg

It’s Our Favorite Time of Year


Innkeeper Wendy Porterfield of the Washington House Inn says she absolutely loves this time of year. “Here at the inn, we go to town on decorating for the holidays,” she shares, “as do all the shops along Washington Avenue in the historic district. Storefronts brim with seasonal novelties and special gifts, and thousands of twinkling lights outline the rooftops of all the buildings. It’s not surprising that Cedarburg topped the list of Wisconsin’s ‘Best Christmas Towns’!”

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Festivities and Holiday Favorites


Visitors to Cedarburg have their pick of traditional holiday events such as Festive Friday Eves in Cedar Creek Settlement. The Cedarburg Artists Guild celebrates the season with its annual Holiday Art Fair and the Rivoli Theater is packed every night thanks to its Holiday Film Series featuring holiday classics beloved by all ages. There are concerts, a live Nativity, special events – indeed a multitude of holiday happenings. And nothing will ignite your holiday spirit like the flickering luminaria illuminating Washington Avenue on Friday nights!

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More Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Cedarburg

  • The Cedarburg Cultural Center offers a variety of concerts, art exhibits, and special events to please the most discerning of tastes.
  • Enjoy delicious food at our fabulous local restaurants. See our Cedarburg restaurant guide to check out our favorites.
  • If folk music is more to your taste, check out the Wisconsin Singer-Songwriter Series held in the octagonal barn that doubles as the Unitarian Church North on N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.
  • In addition to Festive Fridays, visit Cedar Creek Winery and Cedar Creek Settlement for their Holiday Showcase the first weekend in December.
  • Outside Advent Lutheran Church, across from City Hall, is the location of a live nativity that takes place Friday evenings.
  • Pop into the Union House for a warming drink while enjoying the holiday festivities.
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Book Your Christmas Getaway


Take your pick from events, starting mid-November and continuing through December 25th, then choose your favorite room at the famous Washington House Inn for a memorable holiday! Learn more about our unique holiday traditions and even more inspiration for your trip.

And be sure to check for new Christmas in Cedarburg happenings that will be added daily. See you soon and Happy Holidays!

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