What's happening

December 2018

St. Nicholas Day and Swiss Church Cookie Walk

  • Swiss United Church, 18 - 5th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 12/1/2018
  • 8 am - noon
  • 608.527.2095

Email for info on the Cookie Walk.

Christmas Show - presented by Monroe Theatre Guild

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.

Enchanted Sugar River Christmas

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

Next Generation Leahy

Get into the holiday mood with the high-spirited talents of The Next Generation Leahy. Building on over three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy, his wife Jennifer and their six children are keeping the legacy and tradition alive through music, song, and dance. Doug - a member of the Canadian Celtic group "Leahy" - and Jennifer - a musician for most of her life - both understand the joy and exhilaration only music can provide. It is no wonder, then, that their children inherited their passion for music. The children are accomplished and multi-instrumentalists performing on the fiddle, cello, French accordion, and piano. The show is bursting with electrifying Celtic-based music, singing, and French-Canadian step-dancing, along with the beautiful carols and melodies of the holiday season. This December join The Next Generation Leahy and be entertained, energized, and inspired.

Explorations by Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists

Fiber Arts. Exhibit continues through February 8, 2019.

Paint and Pixels by Tina Duemler & Carleton Davis (Exhibit)

  • Monroe Arts Center - 1315 11th Street
  • Monroe
  • 12/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Gallery open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
  • 608.325.5700

Exhibit continues through January 11, 2019. Oil Paintings and Photography.

Monroe City Band Holiday Concert

  • Location to be announced.
  • Monroe
  • 12/2/2018
  • 3 pm

The Monroe City Band is excited to perform their holiday concert on Sunday, December 2, 2018 - at 3 p.m. at the Monroe United Methodist Church. There is also a food drive held in conjunction with this concert. All donations benefit the Green County Food Pantry. Join the members of the band and begin the season on a festive note. Under the direction of Brian Bruggeman.

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.

Christopher Taylor and Pro Arte Quartet

A great pianist teams up with a superb quartet for a brilliant performance.

En Guete Evening

Dutch treat menu - monthly themed gathering sponsored by Turner Hall's New World Swiss Club. First Tuesday of the month.

First Thursday

Downtown Monroe's retail stores open for evening shopping.

Fire & Ice Festival

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

Candle Tree Lighting & Alpine Carol Sing

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

Lunch with Santa

Pre-Christmas Bake Sale

  • Zwingli Church
  • Monticello
  • 12/8/2018
  • 9 AM - 1 PM

Christmas Show - presented by Monroe Theatre Guild

Classical Blast: Dark Side of the Yule

Classical Blast's "Dark Side of the Yule" is a one-of-a-kind concert that melds classic rock and Christmas music which are engaging, surprising, and thrilling. With the group's unique take on traditional carols and classical favorites, Classical Blast has created a one of the most unusual and enjoyable concert experiences ever. You'll hear outstanding mashes & medleys like Game of Thrones/Carol of the Bells, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy/Enter Sandman (Metallica), Greensleeves/Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues), and Sounds of Silence/ Silent Night. You'll also hear cool-rockin' versions of other seasonal songs. You'll get a taste of their "From Bach to Rock," a combination of classical to classic rock to contemporary pop music, and the influence on artists like The Beatles, The Police, Queen, Pink Floyd, and many others. Classical Blast has opened for major rock headliners, including The Orchestra (ELO), Stryper, Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Joan Jett, Michael McDonald, and many others. An evening with Classical Blast is a BLAST for the entire family!

Live Music at Turner Hall

Back 40 Band.

Indoor Farmers Market on the Square with Santa

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

Gin, Chocolate and Bottle Rockets

The gals of Gin, Chocolate, and Bottle Rockets are back to spice-up your holiday season with a little sass, a little sweet, and a whole lot of fire! Veteran Madison, Wisconsin area performers Beth Kille, Shawndell Marks, and Jen Farley combine forces in a power pop-rock trio, featuring tight three-part harmonies, solid acoustic instrumentation on guitar/piano/percussion, clever songwriting ranging from edgy to fun, along with their renditions of favorite seasonal tunes. It will be a ho, ho, ho good time with music and merriment at MAC.

Live Music at Turner Hall

Goodtime Dutchmen Trio.

Bel Canto Singers - A Choral Christmas

  • St. Victor Church, 1760 - 14th St.
  • Monroe
  • 12/16/2018
  • 7 pm
  • 608.214.0331

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. This concert will also feature organist Deborah Krauss Smith.

Squeezebox Night

Accordion jam. Third Tuesday of every month.

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.

New Year's Eve at Turner Hall of Monroe

Old Year's Night Celebration in the Grand Hall, 1 - 5 pm. Call (608) 966-3362 for tickets, or purchase them at a Sunday dance.