December is hitting us like a ton of bricks! … or, like a ton of snow. We are still in the “super pretty” stages of winter snow cover. We can now queue in the holiday lights, hot chocolate, jingle bells, and the holiday parties. Just in case you didn’t have enough going on in December, we have compiled some of the most interesting events in Northeast Wisconsin. Check it out before the snow turns you into a winter hermit!

Pancakes on the Polar Express


When? Thursday December 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Where? Appleton YMCA

Cost? $5.00

Mmmm, pancakes for dinner! It gets better – Santa will be making a pit stop this evening to take some pictures with kids (adults too, if you want), pajamas are highly encouraged and there will be plenty of hot chocolate to warm the whole family up. Register by calling 920.954.7636 or emailing at

Luminary Walk at Heritage Hill

When? Friday December 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Where? Heritage Hill State Park in Green Bay

Cost? $7.00 per person

A one and a half mile hike spanning over 56 acres surrounded by luminaries, toasty drinks and tasty snacks. So many of us love the outdoors but find it difficult to get out in the winter time since the sun sets so early and the temperatures are less than appealing. This is the perfect opportunity to combat the winter blues and enjoy what nature has to offer. Heritage Hill on its own has so much to offer – this event will only bring it to life. And don’t leave your four legged friend at home! Pets on leashes are welcome.

Winter Wine & Beer Walk 

When? Friday December 6, 13, and 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Where? Broadway District, Green Bay

Cost? $20 in advance, $25 on the night of the event. 

Here is your opportunity to sample all different businesses on Broadway. There are 26 participating businesses each offering samples.These samples are from local wineries, breweries and amazing local eateries. Grab your significant other, or maybe make it a girls night. No matter what you do, you will leave the event satisfied and maybe with a new favorite wine!

Saturday Morning Cartoons

When? Saturday December 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Where? Player 2 in Appleton

Cost? Dependent on games played

On this day, you will not have to force your kids to walk past Player 2 downtown – they can go in with you. During this event, no alcohol will be served at Player 2. This is a family friendly opportunity where families can enjoy some of those amazing classic games together. Enjoy water, juice and milk. The event goes until noon, and your kids will thank you!

Living Ornament Class

When? Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Where? Vines & Rushes Winery in Ripon

Cost? $30 a person

Succulents are the cutest little things to decorate with and they are so easy to take care of! So, why not add some more life to your Christmas tree? That is what Vines & Rushes will be helping you do. The price of your ticket includes all of the necessary materials and a glass of wine (or cider, or beer). You can purchase additional drinks if you desire!

Mile of Music Presents: Rhythms & Brews

Credit: Mile of Music

When? Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Where? Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens

Cost? FREE entrance and music

Our community loves Mile of Music so much, why not enjoy it to a much smaller scale all winter and spring, too? Join Good Morning Bedlan with Gunn & The Girl for a super fun night of live music. If you didn’t have dinner plans, enjoy a dish from Stone Arch. Also, have a beer. You won’t regret it.

ACE’s Christmas Pub Crawl

When? Saturday December 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Where? Downtown Appleton

Cost? $15 per person or 4 for $50

The cost of the ticket gets you a wristband, drink specials and a mug. If you are one of the first 200 guests, you will also receive a Santa hat. Guests are encouraged to wear your best holiday get up. The uglier, the better! Tickets are on sale now at And guess what? All proceeds from the tickets go to the Fox Valley Humane Association. There are pups and kitties basically begging you to get your drink on!!

New Year’s Eve Encore

When? You guessed it, New Year’s Eve! Tuesday December 31, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Where? Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel

Cost? $30 now, $35 at the door

This event is sure to make for a memorable new year’s eve! Four bands, music pop ups, door prizes, Coffee and Chocolate Lounge, a champagne toast and ball drop – it really does sound like the perfect celebration! If you don’t have plans yet, you may want to call some friends and get your tickets now. Or, cancel your plans that are more than likely not as cool. Make it a full experience and check out the Red Lion’s Room Package Specials for this event! 

 Cherry Drop & New Year’s Eve Celebration

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When? December 31, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Where? Sister Bay Sports Complex

Cost? FREE

This is probably one of the most unique New Year’s Eve celebrations that we have seen and totally worth the drive. Who says fireworks are for summer only? Sister Bay blows all the surrounding towns out of the water, with a fireworks show, ice skating, and a bonfire. The fun doesn’t stop there though – instead of an average ball drop, a 300 pound cherry can be found 150 feet in the air above Husby’s where it will patiently await midnight. What a neat experience in one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful areas!

Editor’s Pick

I love the idea of the candle light walks, but I have yet to attend one! I also love a good party, and when New Years Eve parties are on the list you can’t not get excited about them. The event I think looks the most interesting has got to be the cherry drop. 10/10 for creativity, and it’s free! We hope you get to enjoy an event or two this month. Even with the snow, there’s still plenty of fun and memories to be made!

About the Author Melanie L.

My name is Melanie Lewin. I was born in Argentina and moved to the US when I was 7. I currently live in WI, and I love hiking, hanging out with friends, travelling, and pups!

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