ALMA Wisconsin
19th Century River Town | National Historic District
  CHAMBER VISITOR CENTER at WINGS OVER ALMA
110 N Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin 
608-685-3303 | info@almawisconsin.com 

Christmas celebrations have taken place in Alma, Wisconsin for over 160 years along the shores of the frozen Mississippi River and below the bluffs towering over Alma.  These celebrations were a long-standing tradition among Alma's early Swiss and German settlers in the mid-19th century and they were continued when they settled in Wisconsin.  Our 1850s village will be trimmed for the holidays with the promise of warmth and good cheer.  You'll find that the businesses and community of Alma truly know how to celebrate Christmas.  Join in the festivities and enjoy Christmas away from the big box stores in the small unique Mississippi river town of Alma, Wisconsin.
Experience the historic homes and buildings of Alma and enjoy walking our Main Street decorated for the Christmas holidays.  The Alma Community Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Main Street followed by the "Lights In Our Lives" reading, caroling and refreshments at the Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center.

Of course shopping for Christmas presents is a highlight.  Enjoy the many shops and galleries on Main Street offering special holiday sales and unique one-of-a-kind items.  Alma businesses will be offering Christmas Main Street Shopping Events during the weekends of November and December.  

December 10th brings the Annual Christmas Cookie Walk at St Lawrence Catholic Church ... be there on time, they disappear fast.  Sunday afternoon, December 11th, is the annual Ecumenical Christmas Tea sponsored by Alma's church community.  The Christmas Tea is hosted this year by xxx Church.  The Annual Holiday Concert at Alma Area Schools on December 11th is always a community highlight!
MAIN STREET SHOPPING WEEKENDS & OPEN HOUSES
WEEKENDS In November & December

Avoid the "big box" stores and enjoy shopping along Alma's historic Main Street.  18 participating shops will host weekend shopping events, specials and several open houses throughout November & December.  Click on the Gift Guide to the right for a preview of some of their treasures!
VENDOR BENDER & CRAFT FAIR
November 19th, 10am
Join local crafters and vendors at Danzinger Vineyard for their annual Hunter Widows Weekend event.  Enjoy a sip of wine and the many treasures to set off your holiday shopping.
"SHOP SMALL", Small Business Saturday
November 26th
Enjoy shopping the local small businesses in Alma, Wisconsin.  We have a theme of "keeping it local" because we know the money you spend in Alma stays in Alma.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & LUNCHEON
December 3rd, 10am-2pm
Each year volunteers from St John's Lutheran Church in Alma sponsor a Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon.  Don't miss this one.  Lots of locally made items and treats!
CHRISTMAS SHOW | Big River Radio Wave
December 4th, Shows at 6pm and 8pm | Tickets $12
Big River Radio Wave will be doing two live tapings of their annual Christmas Show for broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio at the Big River Theater on December 4th.  Guests will include comedian Tim Harmston, storyteller Kenny Salwey (The Last River Rat), music by Michael Johnson & String Ties and WPR host Al "Santa" Ross will make an appearance.

The Christmas Show will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio on Christmas Eve & again on Christmas Day.
LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
December 4th, 5pm
Alma's celebration of Lights In Our Lives is in it's 14th year and is a wonderful opportunity to decorate the Community Christmas Tree with special memories.  The lighting will be held on Sunday, December 4th, at 5pm at the Orange Street Gardens.  Caroling and refreshments will follow at the Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK
December 11th, 9am to 10:30am
No time to bake your Christmas cookies?  Don't worry the volunteers at St Lawrence Catholic Church have things well in hand.  They bake ... you buy!  Choose from dozens of varieties and enjoy homemade Christmas cookies this season.

Insider's Hint:  Show up at 9am, the cookies disappear fast!
ECUMENICAL CHRISTMAS TEA
December 12th, 1:30pm
Join all the congregations and members of Alma's local area churches for an annual Ecumenical Christmas Tea.  The 2016 Tea will be host will be announced soon.

Participating Churches
River Valley United Methodist Church, Alma

St John's Lutheran Church, Alma
St Lawrence Catholic Church, Alma
St Paul & St Luke United Church of Christ, Alma
ALMA CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CONCERT by Alma Schools
December 15th, 7:15pm ... Elementary Grades
December 19th, 7:15pm ... High School
Enjoy holiday music played by the Alma High School Band and sung by the Alma High School Choir.

Location: Alma Area School Auditorium
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
December 24th & 25th
Specific details to be announced soon.
Vendor Bender & Craft Fair | November 19th
"Shop Small" | Small Business Saturday November 26th
Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon at St Johns Lutheran Church | December 3rd
Community Christmas Tree Lighting | December 4th
Big River Radio Wave Christmas Show | December 4th
Christmas Cookie Walk at St Lawrence Catholic Church | December 11th
Ecumenical Christmas Tea | December 12th
Christmas Holiday Concert at Alma Area Schools | December 19th