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Welcome to A Downtown Kenosha Christmas 2016! 

A Downtown Kenosha Christmas is a collection of holiday-inspired events that are sure to become a treasured family tradition. Throughout the month of December (and even into January), Kenosha’s historic Downtown comes alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas and dozens of ways to get in the holiday spirit! Gather family and friends to enjoy special programs and exhibits, theater and music, Christmas lights and even visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus!




Through Dec. 21
Santa at the Rhode
Santa Claus is on the road and coming to Downtown Kenosha! He'll be at the historic Rhode Center for the Arts all season long and invites you to stop by with your Christmas wish list! More >

Through Jan. 8
Holiday Train Display at Kenosha Public Museum
The holiday train is back at the Museum! Kids of all ages can enjoy watching the model train run through a festive winter scene. More >

Through Jan 22
Christmas at Kemper: Durkee Mansion Open House
This 1861 mansion is lavishly decorated for the period in celebration of Christmas. The former home of Senator Charles Durkee was built in the 1860’s and is decorated for the holiday season by dedicated and talented volunteers. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. More >

Dec. 3
Breakfast with Santa
The Kenosha Masonic Center welcomes you to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with Santa featuring our famous cinnamon roll pancakes! Also featuring a Christmas Cookie Sale. More >

Dec. 3
Kenosha HarborHoliday – International Market & Festival
This collaborative event combines the Civil War Museum’s Victorian Christmas, Kenosha Public Museum’s International Holiday Faire, Linnea Bakery’s Nordic Corral, and the Winter Kenosha HarborMarket event. A combination of indoor and outdoor events offering food, shopping, entertainment, visits with Santa, reindeer and more, will make up the day’s activities. More >

Dec. 3
International Holiday Faire at the Kenosha Public Museum
Tour the world in a single day, visiting over 12 countries as we celebrate the traditions and holidays of cultures around the globe. Shop in the International Bazaar, fuel up with delicious cuisine, catch a display of traditional dance and performances, and so much more. More >

Dec. 3
Victorian Christmas at the Civil War Museum
Explore the traditions, music, games and dances that soldiers and civilians used to celebrate the Christmas season during and after the Civil War. More >

Dec. 3
Historic Holiday at the Kenosha History Center
Join us at this holiday open house featuring the new exhibit Cars of the Decades, as well as Christmas carols by the Kenosha Chamber Choir, refreshments and special discounts in our gift shop.  More >

Dec. 3
Woman’s Club of Kenosha Holiday Open House
The historic Woman’s Club of Kenosha features tours, refreshments, and holiday performances by the Schubert Music Club of Kenosha, Gail Gillmore, and more.  More >

Dec. 3
Trans Infinity Orchestra Holiday Spectacular
Just in time for Christmas, it's a night of Trans-Siberian Orchestral music when Infinity Presents: A Night of TSO. After a one year hiatus, Chicago's ultimate tribute act Infinity once again brings their holiday magic to Kenosha's Reuther Auditorium. More >

Dec. 3
Christmas at Kemper: Snowflake Jazz Concert
Free concert inside Simmons Auditorium at Kemper Center. Part of the Christmas at Kemper, a series of holiday events at the historic Kemper Center. More >

Dec. 9 - 18
Lakeside Players presents: A Seussified Christmas Carol
A whimsical reinvention of Dickens' most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with—if he ever had his way with the story. More >

Dec. 10
Artistree Holiday Gift Show Opening Reception
Artistree is a premiere holiday shopping event. Area artists will be showcased in the Brick Gallery with one-of-a-kind giftable art.  More >

Dec. 10
Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Concert
An annual tradition, this year’s KSO Holiday Concert is sure to please. A presentation of holiday favorites, including several fantasias on well-known carols, the afternoon’s musical offerings will also include a singalong with the Kenosha Chamber Choir. More >

Dec. 10
Christmas Wonderland Ball at Kemper Center
Featuring live big band music by the Pat Crawford Orchestra, complimentary dessert buffet and specialty drinks. Dress to impress and don’t forget your dancing shoes! More >

Dec. 10 and 17
Santa at Scoops!
Bring the kids to visit Santa at the sweetest place in Downtown Kenosha! Santa will be at Scoops Ice Cream on December 10 and 17 from 1:00 to 5:00pm each day. Don’t forget your camera! More >

Dec. 17
Mrs. Santa Claus Babysits: A Creative Drama Activity
This creative drama activity for kids 4-12 is designed to spark creative play as favorite Christmas books are brought to life on stage. Mrs. Santa Claus can’t wait to share all of her favorite things with the children! More >

Dec. 17
Classical Blast! Dark Side of the Yule
Classical Blast’s new holiday show explores the darker themes of the holiday season while mixing classic carols with classic rock. It may be the most unique approach to Christmas music you’ve ever heard! More >

Dec. 24
Free Slice at Slice of NY Pizzeria
In celebration of Christmas and to thank Kenosha, Slice of NY is offering a FREE slice of pizza to all of their customers from 3-5pm. More >

Dec. 28-29
Kenosha Public Museum Family Event: Not So Frosty Fest
The weather outside might be cold, but grab your Hawaiian shirts for a tropical heat wave at the Museum! Enjoy free family activities such as making a volcano erupt, dissecting a flower, creating Polynesian stick maps, and learning about the coral reefs. More >