Thanksgiving is in the rear view, but the holiday season is still in full-swing and Waukesha residents can embrace that spirit in several ways this weekend.
The events cater to both indoor and outdoor lovers and offer a wide range of experiences suited to a variety of tastes.
Some are free and others require paid admission. This list is not exhaustive, so let Waukesha Now know of any upcoming events not included. (Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Downtown art crawl
Though not strictly a holiday event, the 94th Waukesha Art Crawl is one event that encourages residents to amble through downtown and enjoy various Waukesha cuisine and culture.
The event runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and features more than 20 galleries, 175 artists and live music.
The bulk of the attractions can be found along Main Street downtown, but other galleries showcased in the crawl are on Broadway and Brook streets.
For a full list of the participating galleries and more information, visit www.waukeshaart.com.
Carroll's Christmas concert
If orchestral renditions of classic Christmas songs are more your speed, then stop by Carroll University's annual Christmas concert this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each night.
Tickets are available online at tickets.carrollu.edu through 6 p.m. Dec. 4, and will be sold for one hour before the start of the performance in the Shattuck Auditorium lobby, 100 N. East Ave.
Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors ages 60 and older and for students. Carroll students and faculty get in free.
5K Santa run/walk
Anyone looking to stretch their legs and maybe burn off any lingering post-Thanksgiving calories should check out the eighth annual 5K Santa Run/Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Runners are encouraged to dress in their favorite festive outfits for the three-mile race, which begins at 10:30 a.m. (That way participants can make it back home in time for the start of the noon Green Bay Packers game.)
The route starts and finishes at Taylor's People's Park, 337 W. Main St., and winds along Main, through Frame Park and over the Fox River.
Registration costs $35 for adults, $25 for students and $20 for children. Online registration is available at www.bit.ly/2eSUJ9S.
Interfaith Senior Programs sponsors the event.
If you don't want to run, organizers are also looking for volunteers, who will help with registration, cookie/hot chocolate distribution. If interested, email MargaretD@InterfaithWaukesha.org.
'Country Christmas' light show
Residents need not drive out to Candy Cane Lane in West Allis if they're looking for a holiday light show. They've already got one in their own backyard.
That would be the "Country Christmas" show that the Country Springs Hotel, 2801 Golf Road, has put on for the past 21 years. The event runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve.
The Country Christmas Trail features more than a million holiday lights on a mile-long trail. At the end of the drive-through trail, guests can get out of their vehicle and walk through "The Streets of Bethlehem," a building that includes a collection of nearly life-sized Fontanini nativity characters, and the "Christmas Village," a building that houses a model train display.
Country Christmas is open 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.
The cost to enter Country Christmas is $15 per carload, including minivans, on Sundays through Thursdays, and $20 per carload on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, $30 per limo or large passenger van and $40 for minibuses.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bit.ly/2gcz2Vw or at the door, but tickets purchased at the gate must be paid for in cash. Credit or debit cards will not be accepted.
The Lake Country Ringers will present "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," a seasonal music concert for hand bells at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 200 Richard St., Waukesha.
The church is handicap accessible, located three blocks south of Sunset Drive, east of Grand Avenue.
A $10 donation is suggested for entrance. For concert information, contact Jean Miller, 262-691-1463.