In fact, this week Downtown Waukesha kick off to the holidays with many festive events. Let me highlight a few that got my attention. Disclaimer: These are just a few of the many great shops & events in downtown Waukesha and just my opinions. I was not compensated in anyway to mention these.
This Thursday, Beading Hearts Studio is teaching a Slip Stitched Brimed Hat class. Everyone loves hats, come create one with them.
Friday is the tree lighting at the Rotunda with holiday carols sung by the Waukesha Coral Union.
On Saturday, the Springs Gallery and Studios is hosting the Handmade Holiday Bizarre Bazaar! from 2 pm - 8 pm. From the website: Please join us for this unique holiday shopping event! Handmade gifts, many under $30, made by local artists and crafters.
UPDATE: I can't believe that I forgot to mention this - the Indoor Farmer's Market begins on Saturday and will be held the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month thru March from 8 am - noon. The wonderful Montecito Restaurant has graciously offered to host the Farmers Market. The restaurant has space for about 25 vendors and Montecito will serve breakfast.
Sunday marks the 50th Anniversary of the Waukesha Christmas Parade at 4 pm. Come down early and stroll the shops in Waukesha from noon - 4 pm and get some holiday shopping done.
Where to shop you ask: Some of my fave shops to buy gifts in:
Allo! Chocolate - nice boxed chocolates, or a gift certificate to attend a chocolate class
Metropolitan Antiques - many holiday treasures and great wine dip mixes
Poppin' On Broadway - gourmet popcorn, need I say more?
RiverMill Foods - put in your order now for a cheesecake for that holiday party!
Bangles & Bags - jewelry, scarves, purses and other accessories - what woman wouldn't want this for xmas?
If you can't make it to Waukesha this weekend, stop by for Black Friday and the weekend that follows as some stores are having a holiday open house - can't find the details on this but Metropolitan Antiques had a flier in their store about it when I was in there last. It's also been deemed Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 and customers are encouraged to buy local and help keep their money local on this day around the nation.
December 1 marks the final art crawl of 2012 and these are always crowd pleasers. (Website needs to be updated with details but its from 4 - 10 pm)
Are you a runner? Or a walker? Come decked out in your holiday gear and run with the elves for the Santa Run on December 9th. I'm hoping to be healed from my running injury by then to partake in this uber fun run!