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 1840s 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 15th brings the Annual Christmas Cookie Walk at St Lawrence Catholic Church ... be there on time, they disappear fast.  Sunday afternoon, December 16th, is the annual Ecumenical Christmas Tea sponsored by Alma's church community.  The Annual Holiday Concert at Alma Area Schools on December 17th 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.  Over 30 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 2018's treasures!

OPEN HOUSES
November 9th-10th:  Water Lily Gifts, Art & Soul Gallery
November 16th-17th:  Alma Blooms Florist
December 1st:  Urban Shanty, Burlington Hotel & Quilt Shop
December 8th:  Etta's Place, Spasha Salon
FALL VENDOR BENDER EXTRAVAGANZA
November 17th, 10am at Danzinger Vineyard
Join local crafters and vendors at Danzinger Vineyard for their annual Hunter Widows Weekend event.  Enjoy a sip of wine and many treasures to set off your holiday shopping.
"SHOP SMALL", Small Business Saturday
November 24th, Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin
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 1st, 10am-2pm, St John's Lutheran Church
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 HOUSE WALK
December 1st, 3-7pm, Alma, Wisconsin
Celebrate the beauty of the season with the Annual Christmas House Walk in Alma, Wisconsin.  This year the House Walk will feature three homes/properties in Alma.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at Alma General Store, Burlington Hotel & Quilt Shop or Water Lily Gifts.

The day of the House Walk you can purchase tickets, register for door prizes and enjoy a free tour of Castlerock Museum if your are attending the House Walk (3-7pm only).  

Tickets can also be purchased at any of the participating homes on the House Walk.

TICKET: $7 per person

CHRISTMAS HOUSE WALK
December 1st, 3pm-7pm
Starting Point:  Castlerock Museum
Home #1:  Blue Door Inn, Home of Kathy Goodman
Home #2: Home of Val & Brice Gilfillan
Home #3:  Rutting Ridge Outfitters, Home of Jarred Fluekiger
Sponsor:  Alma Area Chamber of Commerce

Decorated for the holidays, these homes & businesses will open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours.  You may be asked to remove your shoes.

ECUMENICAL CHRISTMAS TEA
December 2nd, 1:00pm
Join all the congregations and members of Alma's local area churches for an annual Ecumenical Christmas Tea.  The 2018 Christmas Tea host is St Paul & St Luke United Church of Christ.  2018 theme is "On Angels' Wings".

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
CHRISTMAS SHOW | Big River Radio Wave
December 2nd, Shows at 6pm and 8pm | Tickets $12
Big River Radio Wave completed two tapings of their annual Christmas Show for broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio at the Big River Theater for broadcast during the Christmas holidays.  Guests include comedian Tim Harmston, music by Pat Donahue, String Ties, Taff Roberts & Betsy Neil and WPR announcer Al "Santa" Ross and host Mac Cherry.

The Christmas Show will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio on Christmas Eve & again on Christmas Day.
LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
December 2nd, 5pm
Alma's celebration of Lights In Our Lives is in it's 15th year and is a wonderful opportunity to decorate the Community Christmas Tree with special memories.  The lighting will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, at 5pm at the Orange Street Gardens.  Caroling and refreshments will follow at the Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK
December 8th, 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!
THE SEEGER BOYS BLUEGRASS HOLIDAY
December 8th, 7pm | Tickets $12 in Advance, $15 at the Door
Live entertainment at Big River Theatre.  Enjoy traditional hymns and carols along with Bluegrass holiday music.  
ALMA CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CONCERT by Alma Schools
December 17th, 7:15pm ... Alma Area Schools
Enjoy holiday music played by the Alma High School Band and sung by the Alma School Choir.

Location: Alma Area School Auditorium
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
December 24th & 25th
Specific details to be announced soon.
Vendor Bender & Craft Fair | November 17th
"Shop Small" | Small Business Saturday, Nov 24th
Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon at St Johns Lutheran Church | December 1st
Ecumenical Christmas Tea | December 2nd
Big River Radio Wave Christmas Show | December 2nd
Community Christmas Tree Lighting | December 2nd
Christmas Cookie Walk at St Lawrence Catholic Church | December 8th
Christmas Holiday Concert at Alma Area Schools | December 17th