Mid-November - Mid-December

Welcome to Cedarburg, WI, a beautiful destination any time of year, but especially so during the Christmas season! Stroll our beautiful downtown, where centuries-old limestone buildings house enticing shops, art galleries, coffee houses, and cozy pubs and restaurants. Shopkeepers adorn their storefronts with artfully crafted, seasonal decorations, thousands of twinkling lights brighten wintry skies over our picturesque downtown Historic District, and our two gracious historic inns greet weary travelers with the warmth of a home from days gone by.

A shopper's delight, Cedarburg offers everything from modern arts and accessories to nostalgic antiques and toys, to artful attire for the entire family. Already honored by Forbes Magazine as one of the prettiest towns in America in 2011 and as one of the Midwest's sixth best holiday shopping towns in Midwest Living, it was with great delight we found Cedarburg topped the list of Wisconsin's best Christmas towns in 2015!  Now you can find us on Reader's Digest Top 10 Small Towns That Have the Most Christmas Spirit! CLICK HERE to read the article. 

Long renowned for its many traditional holiday events such as Festive Friday Eves, the Rivoli Theater's Holiday Film Series and the Cedarburg Artist's Guild's Holiday Art Fair, and A Cedarburg Christmas' Santa's Workshop, Cedarburg offers countless seasonal entertainment venues. A multitude of holiday happenings take place every single day from mid-November through Christmas Day. Search our calendar to plan your next holiday visit, and find out for yourself why Cedarburg is home to everyone during the holidays!

A Cedarburg Christmas Schedule Highlights

Mid-November to Mid-December, 2020

Cedar Creek Settlement Merchant's Association presents
2019 Festive Friday Eves

800-827-8020 or 262-377-8020


N70 W6340 Bridge Rd. - Cedarburg, WI


Festive Friday Eve's celebrates our 25th year of presenting an exciting series of six, free family-oriented evening events during the holiday season at Cedar Creek Settlement. The Settlement features 25 unique shops; gift and specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, three restaurants, artists studios and the Cedar Creek Winery nestled in a restored 1864 woolen mill, festively adorned for the holidays with natural greenery, garlands, beribboned wreaths, luminaries and thousands of tiny white lights.  Free events. 

Friday, November 15...5:00 - 9:00 p.m.  "A German Heritage Tradition"

Friday, November 22…5:00 - 9:00 p.m. “Settlement Christmas Showcase”
Friday, November 29...5:00 - 9:00 p.m. "Home for the Holidays"
Friday, December 6...5:00 - 9:00 p.m. “Santa's Workshop"
Friday, December 13…5:00 - 9:00 p.m. “A Taste of Christmas"
Friday, December 20…5:00 - 9:00 p.m. “Countdown to Christmas”

The Farm Mercantile presents
Letters to Santa

November 16 through December 15

The Farm Mercantile are accepting letters to Santa.  Children can bring in

their letters and Santa will respond back with a personalized letter to each child.

Stagecoach Inn presents
Wine Cork Ornaments with Sue

Come on in and join us for a fun filled evening making Christmas ornaments out of wine corks while supplies last.  Projects vary. Stagecoach Inn Parlor.

Stagecoach Inn presents
Ice Cream Drinks

Join us as Whitey and Anne blend some delicious ice cream drinks just in time for the holidays.  Brandy Alexanders and Grasshoppers are on the menu at the Five20 Social Stop.​


Stagecoach Inn presents
Young Living Essential Oils

​Stop by the Stagecoach Inn to learn a little about Young Living products and the amazing benefits of essential oils.  Sample essential oil infused goodies and shop a variety of products available for purchase including bath salts, roller bottle blends, air and linen sprays and more!

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Santa's Workshop Scheduler

Santa's Workshop


Presented by A Cedarburg Christmas


Thanks to generous grants from the Greater Cedarburg Foundation and

Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc., a charming 15' x 15' gingerbread house graces

Cedarburg's Washington Avenue for the entire Christmas season.  Santa

and, sometimes Mrs. Claus, stop by in the days leading up to Christmas,

welcoming families into the shop for a cozy, personal visit. When Santa's

not in to greet guests, you can peek in the windows to see his charming

fireplace and the toys he and the elves have been working on! 

We currently offer a pre-registration option for Santa's Workshop to relieve long wait times. PLEASE NOTE, these pre-registered spots fill up quickly and represent fewer than 1/3 of the families that come through the house - the system is in place to help our volunteer manage the crowds, not to provide preferential treatment to those who pre-register.


We accommodate walk ups every day.  If you do walk ups, we recommend you get to the Workshop early in the shift to get your name on the list, and our volunteers will give you a time your family can get in to see Santa on that day.  Also, our sponsored days are completely open to walk-ups so families can enjoy the sponsored activities in the Community Center while they wait to see Santa!  Remember, this is a very busy time for Santa, so plan early to ensure a visit! ​


Visit us in 2020 to see when Santa will be coming to Cedarburg.



  • Families are allowed one slot, regardless of the number of children
    in the family.  We will see them all. 

  • Our hope is that every family gets to see Santa Claus and that
    no one ever feels rushed. We are not always able to keep to the
    schedule 100%, but we do our best to stick to the timing as closely 
    as possible.

  • Cedarburg's Santa's Workshop is organized by the Cedarburg Christmas Committee, a small subcommittee of Festivals of Cedarburg. The committee's intent is to promote Cedarburg as a holiday shopping and event destination and be a hub for all things Christmas each year.  Santa's Workshop is run ENTIRELY by volunteers who are giving up their free time during the busy holiday season to bring this special experience to families. Please treat them kindly! 

  • Questions can be directed to: cedarburgchristmas@gmail.com.

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Santa's Dash Away 5K Run/Walk


Saturday, December 14, 2019

W63N641 Washington Avenue, Downtown Cedarburg

Check in/Registration:  7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Start time:  8:30 a.m.


Help keep Santa's Workshop in downtown Cedarburg during the holiday season by participating in the 5th annual Santa's Dash Away 5K, sponsored by Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc. and Cedarburg Parks and Recreation.  Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to join in the holiday spirit and participate in a 5K run/walk where all proceeds go directly toward A Cedarburg Christmas, which coordinates the Santa's Workshop each holiday season.  Over 500 families visit the charmingly decorated Workshop annually for free visits with Santa each year.


Registrations for the Santa's Dash Away are accepted all the way through race day.  Fee: $30 (runner or walker) with each runner/walker getting a *free Santa t-shirt, and Santa accessories through November 27.  Race packets will be available at the check-in table starting at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Cedarburg Community Center located at W63N641 Washington Avenue, Downtown Cedarburg on Saturday, December 14. The run will take place along the Interurban Trail, with the start and finish near the Interurban Bridge and Santa's Workshop. 

Questions can be directed to:  cedarburgchristmas@gmail.com.


Please note: Online registrations will close after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 12. For walk up registrations please download the registration form (click here) and bring it with $30 or your check made out to Festivals of Cedarburg, to the check-in table in front of the Cedarburg Community Gym between 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. on December 14!  

A Cedarburg Christmas Sponsors

Major SponsorS


Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc.

General Information:  (262) 377-9620

Participation Information: (262) 377-3891


Mailing Address:

PO Box 406 | Cedarburg, WI | 53012

Physical Address:

W63 N643 Washington Avenue

Cedarburg, WI | 53012

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