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December 2017

Lighted Christmas Parade

A Christmas Carol

  • Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave
  • Monroe
  • 12/1/2017 - 12/3/2017
  • Friday 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm & 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm
  • 608.325.1111
  • www.monroetheatre.com

A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Candle Tree Lighting & Alpine Carol Sing

More than 100 candles on a freshly cut evergreen tree, informal carol sing-along.

Fire & Ice Festival

Lighted parade, ice carving with Zoli, fire circles, carolers, entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, car give-away.

Monroe Clinic Gallery - Exhibit by Williams & Goodspeed

Wisconsin Landscapes by Zane Williams Musical Abstractions by Roger Goodspeed Exhibit through February 9, 2018 Photography and Abstract Acrylic Paintings.

Reflections of Life

  • Monroe Arts Center - 1315 11th Street
  • Monroe
  • 12/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
  • Gallery open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
  • 608.325.5700
  • www.monroeartscenter.com

Exhbit continues through January 12, 2018. Raku Pottery and Printmaking presented by Rich Hager and Julie Sutter-Blair.

Live Music at New Glarus Hotel

  • New Glarus Hotel, 100 - 6th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/1/2017 - 12/2/2017
  • 7:30 pm
  • 608.527.5244
  • www.newglarushotel.com

Steve Meisner.

Cookie Walk

  • UCC Church, E201 23rd St.
  • Brodhead
  • 12/2/2017
  • 8 am - noon
  • 608.897.2917

Sponsored by Congregational United Church of Christ.

Enchanted Sugar River Christmas

Santa visits, lighting of holiday tree, carolers, refreshments.

St. Nicholas Day and Swiss Church Cookie Walk

  • Swiss United Church, 18 - 5th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/2/2017
  • 8 am - noon
  • 608.527.2095
  • www.swisstown.com

Email generalinfo@swisschurch.org for info on the Cookie Walk.

Holiday Tree Lighting

New Odyssey Holiday Show

Fun and gusto with Christmas songs and Santa outfits mark New Odyssey's special Christmas show...a Christmas show as you've never seen before and will forever be remembered! New Odyssey's hilarious Christmas production features comedy, skits, costumes, audience participation, and great music. Gary Todd, Michael Jay and Gary Polkow -- the men of New Odyssey -- are a power-packed trio who play a total of thirty instruments during their show, combining their individual virtuosity to present a family friendly and energetic Christmas production. New Odyssey's unique brand of comedy take their performances far beyond the traditional Christmas concert, their skits add a dose of holiday zaniness, and their incredible musical talents makes this a Christmas show not to be missed. Christmas classics, Christmas rock, country Christmas, all in special arrangements, are the calling cards of this performance.

Karaoke Night

Karaoke with Sam.

Holiday Yarn on the Farm

Open house featuring yarn from the barn from the farm's "designer" sheep!

Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst (German Christmas communion service)

Monroe Swiss Singers lead service of carols & scripture, conducted entirely in German with translation provided.

Live Music at Turner Hall

Greg Anderson Band.

Live Music at Bullquarian Brewhouse

Bluegrass Jam.

Live Music at Tofflers

  • Tofflers Pub and Grill, 200 - 5th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/7/2017
  • 8 pm
  • 608.527.2490
  • www.tofflers.com

The Jimmys.

Live Music at New Glarus Hotel

  • New Glarus Hotel, 100 - 6th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/8/2017 - 12/9/2017
  • 7:30 pm
  • 608.527.5244
  • www.newglarushotel.com

Barefoot Becky.

Lunch with Santa

Pre-Christmas Bake Sale

  • Zwingli Church
  • Monticello
  • 12/9/2017
  • 9 AM - 1 PM

The Night Before Christmas Carol with David zum Brunnen

Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night, Friday, the thirteenth, 1843. It is on this evening that Charles Dickens dreams up his idea for a ghostly little Christmas book that becomes world famous. This critically acclaimed, historically accurate, and highly humorous and spirited holiday performance, actor David zum Brunnen cleverly portrays Charles Dickens and over seventeen familiar Dickensian characters from the famous story. As Dickens composes his winter morality tale, the audience peers into the life of the real Dickens as he explains his inspirations, sharing personal and social context about himself and his celebrated classic tale.

Live Music at Bullquarian Brewhouse

Luke Cerny - Original Acoustic Blues.

Shop with a Cop Fundraiser

  • Leisure Lanes, 2308 - 6th Ave.
  • Monroe
  • 12/9/2017
  • 5:30 pm
  • 608.328.8135

Shop with a Cop fundraiser with Potato/Chili bar. Entertainment, raffles, door prizes and more.

Cookie & Candy Sale

  • St. John's United Church
  • Monroe
  • 12/9/2017
  • 8 am - 11 am

Stop in at the Fellowship Hall at St. John's UCC in Monroe on Saturday, December 9th between the hours of 8am and 11am for cookies, candy, bratzeli, specialty breads, gift baskets and more! Cookies are $9.00 per pound. Free coffee while you shop. New this year: gluten-free items.

Brunch with Santa

New menu items, free pictures and gifts, raffle and prizes, crafts, games, face painting. Tickets $10 available at Toy Haus or Rainbow Confections.

Live Music at Turner Hall

Back 40 Band.

Live Music at Bullquarian Brewhouse

Open Irish Music Session - The Blarney Stoners.

Live Music at New Glarus Hotel

Zweifel Brothers.

Indoor Farmers Market on the Square

Canned Goods, Meats, Eggs, Honey, Maple Syrup, Jams/Jellies, Baked Goods and uniquely made crafts. Farmers Market Breakfast also available. SNAP benefits accepted.

Together for the Holidays - Monroe Swiss Singers and Bel Canto Singers

Monroe Arts Center is delighted and honored to present these two talented, well-known area vocal groups as part of this season's festivities. This concert promises to be a truly touching Christmas experience for all. Directed since 1985 by Deborah Krauss Smith, Monroe Swiss Singers is a mixed choir specializing in the performance and preservation of Swiss/German folklore music and customs. The group has won many first-place awards in competition singing, performs at most of the area's major events, and has accepted invitations to perform at places such as Daley Plaza in Chicago; Folklore Village in Dodgeville, Wisconsin; and at the Berne Heritage Festival in Berne, Indiana. Their performances continue to be a favorite at Monroe's Cheese Days. Under the direction of Allen Redford, Director of Choral Music at Highland College, the Bel Canto Singers are recognized by audiences for the excellent artistic interpretations of choral works. From baroque and short classical works, to spirituals, show tunes, contemporary works, and Christmas-themed pieces, their concerts are a highlight of the season.

Visit with Santa

Info: Tom Miller, 608.214.5837 or Andrea Schmitz 608.328.7010

Live Music at Leisure Lanes

  • Leisure Lanes, 2308 - 6th Ave.
  • Monroe
  • 12/16/2017
  • 8:30 pm
  • 608.328.8135

Denim and Leather.

Live Music at New Glarus Hotel

Keith Gennerman.

Visit with Santa

Info: Tom Miller, 608.214.5837 or Andrea Schmitz 608.328.7010. There will also be crafts for kids.

Live Music at Turner Hall

Zweifel Brothers.

Bel Canto Singers - A Choral Christmas

  • St. Victor Church, 1760 - 14th St.
  • Monroe
  • 12/17/2017
  • 7 pm
  • 608.325.5700

Founded in 1979, the Bel Canto Singers of Monroe consists of over twenty-five members. Under the direction of Allen Redford, Director of Choral Music at Highland College, the Bel Canto Singers are recognized by audiences for the excellent artistic interpretations of choral works. From baroque and short classical works, to spirituals, show tunes, and contemporary works by area composers, Bel Canto concerts are a highlight of the season. Their annual Christmas concert is one of their most popular events.

The Best Inn in the Town

  • Swiss United Church, 18 - 5th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/17/2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • 608.527.2095
  • www.swisstown.com

Inaugural Event of the New Stained Glass Concert Series "The Best Inn in the Town" - a contemporary Christmas Cantata by Larry Thelen. Enjoy the first in the new concert series, a forty minute musical re-telling of the Christmas Story through the eyes of the inn-keeper, magi, and shepherds, followed by a carol sing with the audience! The cantata was written by New Glarus resident Larry Thelen. Larry holds a degree in music therapy and currently serves as the Director of Liturgical Music at a church in Oregon, WI. A free-will offering will benefit our Stained Glass Restoration Project.

Squeezebox Night

Accordion jam. Third Tuesday of every month.

Live Music at Bullquarian Brewhouse

Bluegrass Jam.

Live Music at Tofflers

  • Tofflers Pub and Grill, 200 - 5th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/21/2017
  • 8 pm
  • 608.527.2490
  • www.tofflers.com

The Jimmys.

Live Music at Tofflers

  • Tofflers Pub and Grill, 200 - 5th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/22/2017
  • 9 pm
  • 608.527.2490
  • www.tofflers.com

Mark Croft.

Live Music at New Glarus Hotel

  • New Glarus Hotel, 100 - 6th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/22/2017 - 12/23/2017
  • 7:30 pm
  • 608.527.5244
  • www.newglarushotel.com

Greg Anderson.

Live Music at Leisure Lanes

  • Leisure Lanes, 2308 - 6th Ave.
  • Monroe
  • 12/23/2017
  • 8:30 pm
  • 608.328.8135

Those Guys and a Girl.

A Christmas Carol Radio Show

Marley may be as dead as a door nail, but the great Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol is alive and well in MAC's first radio show. A holiday season tradition in the days before television was to listen to A Christmas Carol performed by actors for both a radio and live audience. Produced by Monroe Arts Center in partnership with Monroe Theatre Guild. Written and directed by Richard Hilger, a theater professional and former principal at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, with John Baumann in the role of Scrooge, this audio presentation features local actors playing multiple characters with ingenious and dramatic sound effects. Experience the magic and nostalgia of radio and create a new holiday memory.

Live Music at Bullquarian Brewhouse

Open Irish Music Session - The Blarney Stoners.

Live Music at Bullquarian Brewhouse

The Brothers Burn Mountain (eclectic original Blues and Grooves).

Live Music at New Glarus Hotel

  • New Glarus Hotel, 100 - 6th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/29/2017 - 12/30/2017
  • 7:30 pm
  • 608.527.5244
  • www.newglarushotel.com

Zweifel Brothers.

New Year's Eve at Turner Hall

Barefoot Becky, Ivanhoe Dutchmen.

Live Music at Leisure Lanes

  • Leisure Lanes, 2308 - 6th Ave.
  • Monroe
  • 12/31/2017
  • 8:30 pm
  • 608.328.8135

Steve Scheppele Band.

Live Music at New Glarus Hotel

Zweifel Brothers.